Spartan Family Picnic

Game Watches at The Brick Yard

August 26, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

2014 Football Schedule

2014 Football Schedule

Football season is about to kick off, and we couldn’t be more excited to host all of our watch parties at The Brick Yard this year. Our first game is this Friday, August 29 at 4:30PM PT vs Jacksonville State. Head to 1787 Union St, San Francisco to cheer on the Spartans and enjoy $10 MSU Mules (a delicious cocktail featuring our favorite Michigan pop, Vernor’s), $6 Sparty Slammers and other happy hour food and drink specials.

Keep up with the latest football schedule here.

Date Opponent Kickoff time (Pacific Time)
Friday, August 29 Jacksonville State 4:30PM
Saturday, September 6 @ Oregon 3:30PM
Saturday, September 20 Eastern Michigan TBD
Saturday, September 27 Wyoming 9:00AM
Saturday, October 4 Nebraska 5:00PM
Saturday, October 11 @ Purdue TBD
Saturday, October 18 @ Indiana 12:30PM
Saturday, October 25 Michigan TBD
Saturday, November 8 Ohio State 5:00PM
Saturday, November 15 @ Maryland 5:00PM
Saturday, November 22 Rutgers TBD
Saturday, November 29 @ Penn State TBD

The Brick Yard

Spartans at The Brick Yard Kickoff Party / Photo courtesy of Faheem Kabeer


See you there! Go Green!

Partnership Kickoff Tonight

August 22, 2014 by Justin Bugajski

Thank you so much to all the great Spartans that came out to The Brick Yard tonight for our partnership kickoff party! I am beyond thrilled to have such a great partner on our team going into what is sure to be a fantastic football season! We have been working hard for years on your behalf to get to this point, and it is very exciting to finally be here!! Lots of Spartans got a preview of the tasty, exclusive MSU cocktails tonight. I even had a U.P. inspired Pasty for dinner! When was the last time you had one? I can’t wait for the rest of you to see how great this place is, starting next Friday night with the Jacksonville State game. Go Green! And welcome to your new SF home for all things MSU!

#SpartyPicnic photos are now available

August 15, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our Inaugural Spartan Family Picnic. It was a fun time with Sparty and a big group of great MSU alumni – #SpartyPicnic was the perfect way to send the Bay Area MSU students back to campus. We can’t wait to do it again next summer!

Special thanks to Chris Gill of WestBoundary Photography for being our photographer for the day. Like his page to see more photos and check out his website to order prints of these beautiful photos. From now until this Monday, August 18 at 11:59PM, save 40% off any print purchases by using the promo code: SummerSale.

Share your photos from #SpartyPicnic with others by uploading here. If you decide to share your photos it’s best if you upload them at full size. View Chris Gill’s #SpartyPicnic photos here. To download a digital file, click on the photo you are interested in, and when it comes up by itself on the screen there are some icons on the lower right that will let you do share it on Facebook, Twitter, etc, or post a comment in the gallery that others can see. There will also be an arrow pointing down that is the download button.

 

Get your official San Francisco Spartans t-shirts today!

August 15, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

We are excited to announce that we have official San Francisco Spartans t-shirts for sale, just in time for football season! East Lansing’s Underground Printing will have shirts available for order until Wednesday, August 20th to ensure arrival before the Oregon game. The forest green shirts are offered in two styles: crew neck and v-neck. Both shirts are unisex sized, meaning both women and men can get either v-neck or crew neck. It’s important to note that women should order one size smaller than they are normally used to, so if you’re normally a small in women’s sizes, get an extra small in the unisex size.

Crew neck size chart
V-neck size chart

Order form

All shirts are $29.95 each. I can’t wait to pack The Brick Yard full of Spartans wearing these awesome shirts! Get yours before 8/20!

Go Green!

Tickets on sale now for Spartans in Sonoma Round 2! Buy yours today!

August 12, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

Spartans! We have an early bye week in the beautiful month of September, and if we can’t pack The Brick Yard to catch a game, 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. Space is limited to 49 seats on the bus this year, so buy your tickets before they sell out!

Event date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Ticket on sale date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Buy your tickets now on Eventbrite!

Eventbrite - 2nd Annual Spartans in Sonoma Wine Tour

Time Activity
9:00 AM Bus leaves SF
Pick up location: 4th and Townsend outside of the Caltrain station in SF
11:00 AM Arrive Williamson, 6968 W Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA, 95448-9110
Noon Lunch at Williamson (included with ticket): 5 stations with food, wine and cheese
1:30PM Depart Williamson
2:00 PM Arrive Mazzocco, 1400 Lytton Springs Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448
3:00 PM Depart Mazzocco
4:30 PM Arrive SF
Drop off location: 4th and Townsend outside of the Caltrain station in SF

We are offering a generous 25% discount to MSUAA members. Not a member? Join MSUAA today! The difference in ticket price is 67% of the cost of an annual MSUAA membership, so it’s more than worth it to join!

Special thanks to our wonderful club sponsors, Threshold Wine Co and Bravium who have stepped up again this year, each donating a case of wine to be enjoyed on the bus!

If you have any questions about this event, please e-mail Kate Ciungan who is the event chair.

Hope to see you there!

Michigan State Spartans at Oregon Ducks

July 10, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

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

Ticket information:

I know this is one of the most important parts of the weekend – actually figuring out how to attend the game – so here is everything we know so far. Feel free to leave a comment or email natalie@sfbayspartans.org if you find out any other updated information.

You can follow Spartan Central or more information or try Oregon’s ticket office. According to several people in our group who have tried to go through MSU Athletics, the MSU ticket allotment went to Spartan Fund donors first, so I don’t think any more tickets are available through MSU. You can always try StubHub. Best of luck – please let me know if you end up finding tickets!

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

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 MSUOregon@gmail.com 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
Details:

  • 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.

GO GREEN!

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; SPARTY will be making a special appearance from 12:30 – 1:30pm, so don’t miss him!
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
Register: http://goo.gl/se0mvg

Tickets are officially SOLD OUT – 125 Spartans will be attending this awesome event on Saturday! Here are some last-minute details so you know what to expect when you arrive at Sycamore Valley Park.

Parking: When you arrive, please park in the designated areas near our picnic area. Carpooling is recommended. Stop at our registration table to check in with me or another board member to grab a name tag, a meal ticket redeemable at our food truck and some Spartan swag.

VIP guests: Sparty will be in attendance from 12:30pm-1:30pm for photo opportunities. Jim Cotter, MSU Director of Admissions, Dan Siedman, West Coast Admissions Counselor, and Daniel Mathis, MSUAA Associate Director of Alumni Engagement will also be in attendance, along with Bay Area members of the MSU freshman class heading to East Lansing this fall.

Let’s make this #SpartyPicnic great by sharing photos of the event on social media using our official hashtag!

Last but not least – the food! Ebbett’s Good to Go food truck will be catering the following menu options:

Menu:

Ebbett’s Cuban
Slow-roasted natural duroc pork, ham, Gruyere, jalapeño relish and chipotle mayo, grilled on a crusty Acme roll.

Asian Tofu
House-marinated, baked Hodo Soy tofu shredded and topped with red and green cabbage slaw with carrot, cilantro and mint tossed, in ginger-lime vinaigrette with wasabi aioli on an Acme torpedo roll. Can be made VEGAN. 

Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich
All natural roasted chicken breast, green cabbage slaw with buttermilk dressing, red onion & pickled mustard seeds, and applewood smoked bacon on an Acme torpedo roll.

Pork or Veggie Bowl
All natural pulled pork, brown rice, black beans, corn, avocado, cherry tomatoes, queso fresco and salsa verde with a green cabbage slaw.  Can also be made without pork or with tofu.

Kid Grilled Cheese
Tillamook Farms medium cheddar on grilled Acme Levain

All Natural Beef Hot Dogs
Served on Acme hot dog buns with condiments

Ebbett’s Mac & Cheese
Creamy mixture of cheddar & gruyere baked shells and house made breadcrumbs

See you Saturday! Go Green!

GO GREEN!

Spartans in Sonoma Round 2

June 12, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

Spartans! We have an early bye week in the beautiful month of September, and if we can’t pack The Brick Yard to catch a game, 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. Space is limited to 49 seats on the bus this year, so buy your tickets before they sell out!

Event date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Ticket on sale date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Buy your tickets now on Eventbrite!

Eventbrite - 2nd Annual Spartans in Sonoma Wine Tour

Time Activity
9:00 AM Bus leaves SF
Pick up location: 4th and Townsend outside of the Caltrain station in SF
11:00 AM Arrive Williamson, 6968 W Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA, 95448-9110
Noon Lunch at Williamson (included with ticket): 5 stations with food, wine and cheese
1:30PM Depart Williamson
2:00 PM Arrive Mazzocco, 1400 Lytton Springs Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448
3:00 PM Depart Mazzocco
4:30 PM Arrive SF
Drop off location: 4th and Townsend outside of the Caltrain station in SF

We are offering a generous 25% discount to MSUAA members. Not a member? Join MSUAA today! The difference in ticket price is 67% of the cost of an annual MSUAA membership, so it’s more than worth it to join!

Special thanks to our wonderful club sponsors, Threshold Wine Co and Bravium who have stepped up again this year, each donating a case of wine to be enjoyed on the bus!

If you have any questions about this event, please e-mail Kate Ciungan who is the event chair.

Hope to see you there!