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MSU to Play at Jenison Field House for First Time Since 1989

MSU to Play at Jenison Field House for First Time Since 1989

By FOX 47 News. CREATED Aug 7, 2012

Jenison Field House, home of Michigan State Spartan basketball for 50 seasons, will host the Spartans once again.

The Jenison Jubilee has Michigan State hosting Tuskegee on December 15, on the 50th anniversary season of the historic 1963 NCAA Tournament game between Mississippi State and Loyola.

According to a release from MSU:

This season, Michigan State will celebrate the 50th anniversary season of that historic game by playing a game in Jenison Field House for the first time since 1989. The Jenison Jubilee will include the Spartans hosting Tuskegee University on Dec. 15, a pre-game concert by The Commodores on Dec. 15, and a reunion game on Dec. 14. The Jenison Jubilee will conclude with a women's game vs. IPFW in Jenison on Sunday, Dec. 16.

"Since Jenison Field House first opened in 1940, it has been the site of memories for nearly every Spartan," said Michigan State Athletics Director Mark Hollis. "For me, and many others, the most vivid memories are the games when Earvin Johnson led the Spartans to the 1979 NCAA Championship. But before that, 50 years ago this season, it was the site of a historic NCAA Tournament game between Loyola and Mississippi State. It was called "The Game of Change" and many are unaware that the game was played in East Lansing at Jenison Field House. Since Spartan basketball left Jenison, many have dreamed of seeing it return for a game. The celebration of one of the great historical events in Field House history generated the desire to make these dreams come true during the 2012-2013 season.

"The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is excited about hosting an event that celebrates our University's core values of quality, inclusivity, and connectivity. Since founded more than 150 years ago, the doors of Michigan State University have been open to all that are committed to excelling based upon provided opportunity. Spartan football student-athletes Gideon Smith and Willie Thrower are examples within Athletics of achievement through opportunity. The continued pioneering spirit of Michigan State University provided them, along with many others in athletics, academics, and in cultural and leadership roles, the opportunity to shine.

"We look forward to a week-long celebration of our University's commitment to diversity through a series of events that interconnect," continued Hollis. "We strive to enhance commencement weekend, when many Spartans will launch their own opportunities, with a unique celebration - a celebration of sports, music, memories, freedom and the people that walked on our campus before us."