Spartan Stadium is finally getting permanent lights in 2017
Let there be light in East Lansing. For good.
Starting in 2017, Spartan Stadium will have permanent lights. The university’s board of trustees unanimously approved a vote for the 93-year-old stadium to finally get the long overdue upgrade beginning next season.
The project is expected to cost between $2.2 and $2.5 million, according to the Lansing State Journal. It will be funded by additional revenue generated from the B1G’s television contracts.
The temporary lights that MSU uses for games are also funded by television revenue. The cost for each game ranges from $60,000 to $65,000.
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That means the B1G is down to only two schools who don’t have permanent lights. Northwestern and Purdue will be the only schools without that feature after MSU’s lights are installed.
In the meantime, there might only be one game all year that MSU needs temporary lights. The Spartans have three primetime games on the road (Notre Dame, Indiana and Maryland) and none at home so far. A 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff time against Northwestern would be the only game that would need lights.
But with a permanent lights situation, that would obviously open the door for more opportunities for primetime kickoffs in East Lansing.