Aug. 19 2016 07:42 AM

Walking tour explores MSU's athletic facilities, past and present

FRIDAY, Aug. 19 — The Historical Society of Greater Lansing takes a look at Michigan State University’s athletic history on its next walking tour.

The group is sponsoring a walking tour on the MSU campus beginning 10 a.m. tomorrow. The tour will meet at Michigan Agricultural College’s original gymnasium, now known as IM Sports Circle, on West Circle Drive across from the Music Building.

Stephen Terry, author of “Michigan Agricultural College: Campus Life 1900-1925”and expert on MSU’s early history, leads the walking tour of MSU’s existing and long-gone athletic facilities and their storied histories. The gymnasium is the only building on campus with the original Michigan Agricultural College logo.

Terry, who is an ardent collector of MSU-related postcards, will also talk about the origination of “The Spartan,” better known to MSU students and alums as “Sparty,” and its sculptor; the early football stadium; an outdoor hockey rink; the long-lost tennis courts and how the two World Wars had an impact on sporting facilities.

Terry is a 1960 graduate of MSU and worked on campus for 32 years until his retirement in 1998. By the time he retired, he had worked his way up to the role of Senior Financial Officer for the university.

MSU Campus Athletics Facilities Walking Tour
10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20
Meet outside IM Sports Circle, 308 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing
(517) 282-0671,