The Big Ten announced this past week that the Michigan State – Penn State football game would be moving locations. It was originally scheduled to be at Spartan Stadium. But with the time and date being moved, the Big Ten decided to shake up the venue as well.
Instead, both teams will square off at Ford Field in primetime on Black Friday.
This is embarrassing that Michigan State was asked to give up a home game. I don’t care if Detroit is still closer to Lansing than Pennsylvania. The game is not being played at Spartan Stadium.
This is football, not one of the other professional leagues. You might get eight home games a year. That’s it. College football doesn’t have preseason and up until recently postseason games were played at neutral sites.
Michigan State University has a very limited number of Saturday’s a year to host a game. That’s only several weekends to showcase their venue and help put some money into local establishments.
Not to mention, you lose the opportunity to host a rival at your stadium. Because, Ford Field is not Spartan Stadium. You can bring the band, the cheerleaders, even have Sparty running around the sidelines. It’s not the same thing.
Michigan & OSU Wouldn’t Do This
There is absolutely no way in hell the Big Ten would’ve asked Ohio State or Michigan to do this. Can you imagine the league calling Gene Smith, A.D. at OSU, and asking if he would give up a home game at the Horseshoe. He would laugh out of his chair as he hangs up the phone.
Also, I’m not even sure if the Big Ten would ask Penn State to do this.
They asked Michigan State this favor because they look at them as a second-class school. Because, they don’t respect you enough to ask someone else to do this.
And if I was a Spartan fan I’d be upset. This is supposed to be one of the biggest home games on the schedule and now it won’t be at your home venue.
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