Head coach Mark Dantonio welcomes back 18 starters from last yearâ€™s 9-4 team.
EAST LANSING, Mich. â€“ Michigan State football fans are reminded that the online renewal deadline for season-ticket holders is Friday, May. 1. Fans can complete the season-ticket renewal form online at www.msuspartans.com. Season-ticket holders that complete the online renewal form and pay by E-Check save the $12 processing fee.
Season tickets are priced at $308 for the general public (from $41 to $44 per game), $252 for faculty/staff (from $33 to $36 per game) and Family Plan (end zone) season tickets are listed at $231 (from $30 to $33 per game).
Third-year Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and his team will tackle a demanding seven-game home schedule in 2009, including non-conference games against Montana State (Sept. 5), Central Michigan (Sept. 12) and Western Michigan (Nov. 7), plus Big Ten contests against Michigan (Oct. 3), Northwestern (Oct. 17), Iowa (Oct. 24) and Penn State (Nov. 21). The 2009 home schedule features five opponents that participated in postseason bowl games last season: Central Michigan ( Motor City ), Western Michigan ( Texas ), Northwestern (Alamo), Iowa (Outback) and Penn State (Rose).
Coach Dantonio welcomes back 18 starters from last yearâ€™s 9-4 team, including seven on offense, eight on defense and three specialists.
In 2008, Michigan State won nine regular-season games for the first time since 1999, made its first New Yearâ€™s Day bowl appearance in nine years and finished No. 24 in the final Associated Press and USA TODAY Polls. The Spartans finished third in the Big Ten standings at 6-2 â€“ their highest finish in the league standings since tying for second place in 1999 (6-2). MSUâ€™s only conference losses came against 2008 Big Ten co-champions Penn State and Ohio State .
Michigan State has ranked among the NCAAâ€™s top 25 in football attendance each of the last 53 seasons, including No. 20 in 2008, averaging 74,858 fans per game. A total of 524,005 fans passed through the Spartan Stadium turnstiles for seven home games in 2008, as Michigan State drew more than .5 million for just the third time in school history and the first time since 2003. Last season, Michigan State sold 58,708 season tickets.