Spartan Family Picnic

MSU vs Rutgers, MSU vs Penn State & All MSU Basketball Game Watches

November 22, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

Can you believe it’s already basketball season?! With two football games left in the regular season and several months of exciting hoops ahead, we are proud to announce that the Spartans have an official home in San Francisco. We’ve enjoyed watching the Spartan football team at The Brick Yard this fall and are very thankful for their partnership. They will televise all Spartan football and basketball games unless otherwise announced. We won’t be hosting official game watch parties for smaller and/early games (many are 4pm Pacific on weeknights), but you can always head to The Brick Yard if you’d like to watch a game at the Sparty bar.

Check out the MSU football schedule and basketball schedule for up-to-date game information.

Silicon Valley Spartans November Meeting

November 10, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

Silicon Valley Spartans! We had a great first meeting last month and we’d love to continue growing our group. We’re planning to meet on Thursday at First Republic Bank in Los Altos. You may park in the lot off of Lyell St. (right across from the bank). Come to the side entrance of the bank. Water, coffee, tea and cookies will be provided.

Bring information about any community service projects – we are going to participate in #MSUServiceDay 2015 and would love to start planning! Please RSVP to Beverly Emling at

MSU vs Duke Champions Classic Game Watch

November 10, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

Basketball is back! Join us at The Brick Yard for some Spartan hoops.

Date: Tuesday, November 18

Time: 4:00PM Pacific

Location: The Brick Yard, 1787 Union St (@ Octavia), San Francisco
SPECIALS: $10 MSU Mules, $10 Mimosa carafes, $7 Pokey Stix

MSU vs Maryland Game Watch Parties

November 10, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

Date: Saturday, November 15

Time: 5:00PM Pacific

Location / San Francisco: The Brick Yard, 1787 Union St (@ Octavia).
SPECIALS: $10 mimosa carafes, $10 MSU Mules, $7 Pokey Stix

Location / Silicon Valley: The Patio, 421 Emerson (@ Lytton)

#MSUOSU Game Watch Parties

November 5, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

MSU Football faces Ohio State in an epic Big Ten showdown this Saturday, November 8 at 5PM Pacific. ESPN College GameDay will be in East Lansing and the Bay Area Spartans will be cheering from The Brick Yard in San Francisco and The Patio in Palo Alto. The Patio is next to the Palo Alto Caltrain station. We will be sitting in the back outdoor area. Wear your finest green & white and bring your friends, as long as they are wearing the right colors!

Official SF Spartans t-shirts will be for sale at The Brick Yard watch party for $35 payable by cash, Venmo or PayPal.


#MSUUM Game Watch Parties

October 22, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

It’s Michigan week… also known as the best week in Spartan football, aside from the Big Ten Championship and the Rose Bowl last year, of course. There’s just something about this rivalry: “It’s not over, it’ll never be over!”


To make sure our Bay Area fans can catch the game at a bar surrounded by green and white, we are hosting three watch parties:

San Francisco Game Watch at The Brick Yard, 1787 Union St (at Octavia)
· Specials: $10 MSU Mules, Spartan Pokey Stix (an East Lansing favorite!)

East Bay Game Watch at Ricky’s Sports Theatre and Grill15028 Hesperian Blvd, San Leandro

Silicon Valley (Peninsula / South Bay) Game Watch at The Patio, 421 Emerson St, Palo Alto
· $5 food and drink specials all day

We are also selling our official SF Bay Spartans t-shirts at the game watches for $35, payable by cash, Venmo or PayPal. Proceeds benefit our Scholarship Fund to send a Bay Area student to the banks of the Red Cedar.

#MSUPUR Game Watch Parties

October 9, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

We have three game watch parties planned for Saturday’s game against the Boilermakers!

San Francisco: The Brick Yard
San Leandro (East Bay): Ricky’s Sports Theatre & Grill
Palo Alto (Peninsula/South Bay): The Patio

Kickoff is at 12:30pm. See you there! Go Green!


#MSUNEB Game Watches

October 3, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

MSU kicks off its Big Ten season by facing Nebraska in an exciting night game at Spartan Stadium on Saturday, October 4. Join us at our official spot, The Brick Yard in San Francisco or at our East Bay location, Ricky’s Sports Theatre and Grill in San Leandro.

Important information to note about The Brick Yard tomorrow:

As you know, the Giants overcame all odds and are in the playoffs! As a special offer from our partner, The Brick Yard, they are allowing us and only us to make reservations for tables to watch the 2:30 Giants game which you can hold for our game as well.

To get your exclusive MSU table reservation, please send an email with your details to by 3PM TODAY and they will be given out until they are all booked. Also, since the games may overlap slightly around 5PM, they are holding the entire back half of the bar only for us from 4PM< on no matter what.

Only MSU fans will be allowed into The Brick Yard from 4PM onward, to try and accommodate all of us Spartans. Wear your green & white gear so they know you’re a Spartan. If there is a line out front on Union, only MSU fans can use the side entrance on Octavia – so take advantage.

Drink specials: $10 mimosa carafes & $10 MSU Mules.

Go Green!


Anthony Ianni, MSU Basketball player, to speak at a Community Gatepath event

September 27, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

Anthony Ianni was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, which is on the Autism Spectrum, at the age of four. Anthony’s parents were told he would barely graduate from high school, never graduate from college, never be an athlete, and would likely live in a group institution for his adult life.

Against all odds, relentless bullying, overwhelming adversity, and numerous personal challenges, Anthony never gave up. Not only did he earn his Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University, he is the first known athlete with autism to play Big Ten basketball. He played for legendary coach Tom Izzo at MSU. Anthony won two Big Ten Championships, a Big Ten Tournament Title, and was a member of the 2010 Final Four team. He has won several awards including the 2012 Unsung Player Award and was a finalist for the 2013 Detroit Pistons Community Game Changer Award.

Anthony has pledged his life and career to help those who face similar challenges. Join local nonprofit Community Gatepath as he shares his story and be among those whom he has inspired to “LYD” – Live Your Dreams.

For more information, contact Christine Ackermann. Christine is the Director of Corporate Relationships at Community Gatepath.

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014

Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Location: Sofitel San Francisco Bay | 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City

Help Bay Area Students become Spartans at College Fairs

September 21, 2014 by Natalie Venuto

Remember the day you applied to MSU, and then the day you were accepted? Wasn’t that an exciting time? For me, a Greater Lansing native, I’d always wanted to feel like I was officially part of the Spartan community and I couldn’t wait to step foot on campus as a student!

Michigan State wants to help Bay Area high school students become part of our Spartan global network of people who are doing amazing thing. Bob Weisman from the MSU California Alumni Admissions Team and Dan Seidman from the MSU Admissions Office are representing MSU at high school college fairs, talking with mostly eleventh graders about what State has to offer students who may be interested in exploring options in attending college outside of California.

Over the next few months, there are a number of College Fairs all over the Bay Area and they are looking for any alumni volunteers who could help representing MSU. The fairs are typically in the evening from 6:30 until 8:30 on week nights. This year, there are 120 incoming California freshmen which is close to double the number before they started this outreach. If anyone is interested in joining the team, please contact Bob directly at Send him your contact information and the region of the Bay Area that you live and he will call you with more specific information.