Michigan State spring game April 23

Published 8:11 am Friday, April 8, 2016

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio and the Spartans will host their annual spring game April 23 at Spartan Stadium. (Leader photo/File)

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio and the Spartans will host their annual spring game April 23 at Spartan Stadium. (Leader photo/File)

EAST LANSING — Michigan State football concludes its 15 spring practices under 10th-year head coach Mark Dantonio with the Green-White intrasquad game at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23 in Spartan Stadium. A school-record crowd of 48,000 attended the 2015 spring game.

Michigan State, which has posted a 36-5 record since 2013, is one of only four schools in the nation to play in a Bowl Championship Series Game (2014 Rose Bowl), a New Year’s Six game (2015 Cotton Bowl) and the College Football Playoff (2015 CFP Semifinal in the Cotton Bowl) in the last three seasons (Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State). The Spartans’ 36 wins since 2013 are fourth most in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision. MSU (No. 3 in 2013, No. 5 in 2014, No. 6 in 2015) and Alabama (No. 7 in 2013, No. 4 in 2014, No. 1 in 2015) are the only schools to finish in the Top 10 of the last three final Associated Press Polls.

The first 20,000 fans will receive a commemorative poster, featuring infographics that highlight each of Michigan State’s 12 victories from 2015, including the dramatic 16-13 win over No. 4 Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game, as well as the team’s top individual award winners from last season. In addition, both teams will wear a commemorative patch, celebrating MSU’s second Big Ten Championship in the last three years as well as the program’s first College Football Playoff appearance in the Cotton Bowl.

Prior to the spring game, MSU’s coaching staff and players will conduct a free youth football clinic, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Children, ages 8-12, are invited to attend the youth clinic (no registration required) from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Parking Lots 79 and 56 will open at 9 a.m. for clinic participants. Last April, an all-time record 1,718 children participated in the annual youth football clinic.

Clinic participants will be assigned by age to a practice field to rotate through all drills (sites include: John and Becky Duffey Football Practice Fields, Duffy Daugherty Football Building indoor facility, Ralph Young Field and Forest Akers Trust Practice Complex on Munn Field). After completion of all drills, Coach Dantonio will address all youth clinic participants on the John and Becky Duffey Football Practice Fields, located off of Shaw Lane. The children will be dismissed from that location following Dantonio’s comments at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Parking is free (in Lots 63E/W, 67, 39/40, 41; Ramps 2, 5 and 7; Lot 62W has been reserved for disabled parking). Parking lots open at 10 a.m. Admission is free to the spring game, and the stadium gates (Gates B, C, E, J and K) open at 1:30 p.m.

The purpose of the clinic is to introduce youngsters to the game by stressing fundamentals. No football gear is required. In addition, clinic participants will receive Country Fresh ice cream as well as a coupon for a complimentary hot dog and soft drink to be redeemed at a concession stand in Spartan Stadium during the spring game.