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Mark Dantonio wants more than 300 spartan fans at spring game

Mark Dantonio

Michigan State is coming off one of the most successful football seasons in quite some time, and head coach Mark Dantonio wants to see that enthusiasm continue with the upcoming spring game. Danotnio has said before he wants to see a big crowd for the Spartans’ spring game next week, and he has high hopes for a big turnout.

“I want to see 50,000 at the Green and White game,” Dantonio said according to MLive.com. “I think that’s where this program needs to go.”

Of course, weather can always be an issue. Michigan State athletics director Mark Hollis is hoping for a good turnout as well, but as with most spring games the weather can always be a concern.

“I know the enthusiasm’s there, I think that was reflected out in Pasadena,” Hollis said. “But if it’s pouring rain, I don’t think we’ll have 50,000, but we might. If it’s sunny, I think we have the potential to exceed a number like that.”

Getting 50,000 fans would be a very respectable crowd, and would more than double the crowd that turned out for last year’s spring game in East Lansing and the Michigan spring game earlier this month. If Dantonio gets the crowd he desires, Michigan State would have one of the larger spring crowds this season and would very likely finish the spring with at least the fourth largest spring crowd in the Big Ten.

Penn State currently leads the nation in spring game attendance with an estimated 72,000 last weekend. Nebraska recorded a crowd of 61,772 and Ohio State was just behind the Huskers with 61,058. The only other school to record at least 50,000 for the spring game has been Tennessee (68,500). That is expected to change once Alabama and Auburn hold their spring games this weekend. Both SEC West schools tend to draw very well for the spring game.

This is a relatively up-to-date record of spring game attendance this year. Some schools have not provided spring attendance numbers so there are some missing figures, but it is mostly accurate.

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7 Responses to “Mark Dantonio wants more than 300 spartan fans at spring game”
  1. bostonfrogs says: Apr 17, 2014 11:25 PM

    Sure, more than 300 fans at the Spring Game would be a lofty goal at Iowa State or Minnesota (and after last weekend’s turnout, apparently at the University of Michigan, too), but Dantonio mentions 50,000 in the article. Not sure where the figure 300 came from.

  2. tigersfandan says: Apr 17, 2014 11:39 PM

    That seems like a misleading (albeit humorous) headline.

  3. primetime0552 says: Apr 18, 2014 8:44 AM

    The title was a reference to the movie 300……

  4. cubano76 says: Apr 18, 2014 9:33 AM

    I’d like to see program have their alumni come back and suit up against the current team. I think Maryland did this a few years ago. Fans really liked it. But I’m sure insurance is through the roof for something like that. Nothing better than watching an old fat guy snap a hammy on a beautiful Spring Saturday afternoon!

  5. proc2000 says: Apr 18, 2014 10:30 AM

    Who the hell cares what attendance figured are for college, intra-squad, spring game?

  6. barkleyblows says: Apr 18, 2014 4:08 PM

    Nobody gives a crap about little sister.

  7. derekgorgonstar says: Apr 18, 2014 9:35 PM

    Sparty is getting pumped about returning to the Rose Bowl in 2039.

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