A few years ago, MSU signed a home-and-home deal with the fiercsome Owls of Florida Atlantic (led by none other than this guy). You may remember the first matchup, a 17-0 slog through the torrential downpour that was the remnants of Hurricane Ike.
MSU was supposed to travel down to play in FAU’s brand spankin’ new football stadium in Ft. Lauderdale (campus is in Boca Raton – or as the locals call it – Boah-ca). But because of the lousy economy, fundraising fell short and the project is about a year behind schedule. What does that mean? Goodbye headlinin’ home opener against Big Ten program, helllllooooo favorable “neutral site” matchup for Sparta!
FAU decided to move the game up to a neutral site that would be favorable to selling tickets and, therefore, pulling in substantial gate proceeds (yes, even though this game is at Ford Field, FAU will pull in the gate money since they’re technically the “home” team). MSU gets the benefit of a “road” game in the backyard of a substantial number of alumni and supporters. Win-win baby!
For those of you who are interested in getting tickets to the “Guaranteed Not to be a Monsoon Bowl”, Ticketmaster will start selling tickets in a presale to Spartan fans on Friday at 10AM. Season ticket holders can start purchasing tickets tomorrow at 10AM, although I’m not sure how they’re doing that (if you have to login through MSU’s ticket site, or go straight through Ticketmaster). Ticket prices range from $39 to $79 depending on the section. This is the second game of the season, a noon matchup on Sept. 11th that will be televised on ESPNU.