Michigan State Spartans at Oregon Ducks

July 10, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

September 6 is looking like one of the greatest days in 2014 preseason college football. I want to make sure we can pack the stadium with Spartans when MSU returns to the West Coast.

Information on the big weekend from the MSU Alumni Club of Oregon & SW Washington (

We know game tickets are hard to come by, but if you’ve managed to secure yours, we have the best transportation package available. Travel there and back with other Spartans while avoiding the hassle of traffic and parking.

Friday Night (9/5) Pre-Game Party in Portland

Even if you don’t have tickets to the football game, that doesn’t mean you can’t party like you do! Join fellow Spartans and friends for a special event on Friday night. Have dinner, mingle with special guests and get our Sparty on before Saturday.

Date: Friday, September 5, 2014
Time: 7-11pm
Price: $40 per person
Location: The Gym at McMenamin’s Kennedy School

McMenamins Brewing
Kennedy School (
5736 N.E. 33rd Ave.
Portland, OR 97211 (map:

Details: buffet dinner, special guests, fight song and special highlights included, cash bar.

Registration instructions: PayPal (

  • Either Log In or Sign Up, depending on if you already have an account
  • Click on the Send Money tab
  • Select “Send money to a friend”
  • Enter and the amount you wish to send and hit Next
  • Review the information on the final page and click on Send

For visitors coming from out of town, check out the accommodations at the Kennedy School. The former grade school has found new life as a brew pub and hotel.

Spartan Buses Saturday 9/6 (Game Day!)

Date: Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
Time: Leaving from downtown Portland (9:30am) and the Tualatin Park & Ride (off I-5, 10am)
Price: $35 per seat


  • Snacks and treats provided (BYO food if you’d like — NO GLASS allowed)
  • Bathroom on board
  • To register for this event, fill out this form:
  • Game time is 3:30pm; it will be televised on FOX.
  • We will return to the Portland area (~2 hour bus) following the game.

Game Day Tailgate in Eugene

The Michigan State University Alumni Association ( and Spartan Fund ( are offering a tailgate on Essig Field (, across Martin Luther King Blvd. from Autzen Stadium ( in Eugene.

Date: Saturday, September 6, 2014
Time: 1-2:30pm
Price: $35 per person
Details: Cash bar, buffet, entertainment, VIPs and giveaways. This event is open to all alumni, donors and Spartan fans. Registration information will be coming soon from the Alumni Association.


Inaugural Spartan Family Picnic + SPARTY!

June 26, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

We are so excited to start this new tradition! The San Francisco Bay Area Spartans are hosting a family picnic on Saturday, August 9th to bid good luck to future Spartans who are heading to East Lansing this fall from the Bay Area. To kick off this new annual event, Sparty, the king of mascots, will be making a special guest appearance. Future, current and forever Spartans are welcome to join in on the fun. Bring the whole family for a terrific photo opportunity!

Date: Saturday, August 9
Time: 11am – 2pm
Location: Sycamore Valley Park, Danville
Price: $8 for MSUAA members, $10 for non-members (join here), FREE for current students or future Spartans 17 & under


Save the Date – Spartans Take Wine Country, Round 2!

June 12, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

Spartans in Sonoma 2013

Spartans in Sonoma 2013

Spartans! We have an early bye week in the beautiful month of September, and if we can’t pack an SF pub early in the morning, what else are we going to do with ourselves? The answer: take a bus to wine country! We had a blast last year and hope you’ll join us for round 2. More details will be announced as the date approaches, but please save the date so you don’t miss out on a day filled with Spartan fun and delicious wine.

Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014

Time: TBA; most likely leaving early in the morning and returning later in the evening

Location: wineries & lunch stop TBA; likely traveling on a bus departing from San Francisco near Caltrain or BART

Price: TBA depending on # of people in attendance.

RSVP on Facebook here so we can get an approximate head count.

See you in wine country!

Tigers Memorial Day Game – Tickets & Tailgate Info

May 23, 2014 by Natalie Venuto





Hey Spartans!

Just a quick reminder to those of you who purchased tickets.  They will be left at Will Call, near Gate C, 2 hours before the game starts.

We will also be having a large tailgate in Parking Lot B.  Bring your friends and family at 11am to join us before the game.  We’ll have a large flagpole with our Spartan and Detroit flags so you can’t miss us.


Tigers play the A’s in the Bay on Memorial Day!

May 8, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

Don’t miss your chance to get tickets. Sales end on May 12. Contact Alicia Faustyn ( for more information.

Date: Monday, May 26, 2014

Price: $33 for MSUAA members; $38 for non-members. Not a member? Join or renew today!

Global Day of Service Recap

May 8, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

Thank you to the 40 Spartans who came out bright and early to our Service Day event. We cleaned up Mountain Lake in the Presidio, planted some strawberry plants, and made the world just a little bit greener that day. A special thank you to Chad Lesausky for putting together yet another awesome video of a great Spartan event.

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MSU Global Day of Service 2014


Inside College Football: Ask The Commissioners

May 6, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

As the 2014 season begins to take shape, hear the heads of the two college conferences with the largest television and media footprint (Big 10 and Pac 12) discuss the opportunities and challenges facing college football, including compensation for student-athletes, safety issues, and the advent of playoffs, as the sport continues its unparalleled growth. Predictions are also likely, including for the Bay Area Bowl that will feature a team from each conference.


  • Larry Scott, Commissioner, Pac 12; Former Chairman and CEO, Women’s Tennis Association; Former President and COO, ATP Properties
  • James Delany, Commissioner, Big 10
  • Ted Robinson, Emmy Award-winning Broadcaster; Announcer, Pac 12 Network, and San Francisco 49ers – moderator

Location: SF Club Office / The Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Time: 5:15 p.m. check in and members social with tailgate food, 6 p.m. program

Cost: $25 non-members, $15 members

Twitter: @cwclub

Tickets (member rate, $15!) & More Info:

It is sure to be a thought-provoking and informative event and we hope to see you there.

Please contact Charlie Gebhardt ( / (415) 597-6700) for more information.

Tigers vs A’s Memorial Day tailgate & game

April 28, 2014 by Natalie Venuto
Tigers vs A's

If you want to catch a Tigers game this summer, they are only in town for one series during this regular season. Don’t miss your chance cheer the Tigers to victory as they face the Oakland A’s on Monday, May 26th at 1:05pm. This is a joint event with the University of Michigan Club of Greater San Francisco, so you can count on a lot of Tiger fans to cheer with. Join us for a group tailgate with UofM alumni starting at 11am. We will tailgate as close to Gate C as possible, which is near Parking Lot B. More details on that to follow when we get closer to the game. Check out this map for reference.

Please contact Alicia Faustyn and check out this page to coordinate all ticket requests. Tickets are $33 each for Alumni Association members and $38 each for non-members. Not a member? Join here. Tickets are on the visitors side in section 109. Seats are first come first serve, so please reply to Alicia by May 13th to lock in your seats. After May 13th, tickets may not be available in our group section. Alicia will provide payment instructions via PayPal and you will receive an email confirmation once your payment is received. Tickets will be left at Will Call at the Coliseum for pick-up.


Date: Monday, May 26th, 2014

Time: 11:00am to 4:00pm (group tailgate, game time is 1:05pm)

Location: Oakland Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA 94621

Price: $33 for alumni association members; $38 for non-members