Â EAST LANSING, Mich. â€“ Michigan Stateâ€™s annual Midnight Madness event to tip-off the 2008-09 basketball season will be held on Friday, Oct. 17. This yearâ€™s event is called "Friday Night Flashback," as the Spartan basketball menâ€™s team will recognize the 30th anniversary season of the 1978-79 NCAA Championship team, and salute other great players who have come before them. The womenâ€™s basketball team will flash back to the programâ€™s beginning in the early 70s. Doors to the Breslin Center will open at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free.
The event begins with autographs for Spartan fans on the Breslin Center concourse. The formal program will begin at 10:30 p.m. and feature the introduction of the menâ€™s and womenâ€™s basketball teams. The evening will also include promotional giveaways and performances by the Spartan Marching Band, Michigan State cheerleaders, MSU dance team and Sparty. The evening will conclude with the menâ€™s basketball team playing on the court at midnight.