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Sparty attending a wedding

Sparty loves to be out and about. He regularly attends weddings, graduation parties, birthday celebrations, bar mitzvahs and charity events on behalf of Michigan State. You name it and Sparty has done it! To request his attendance at your next event, complete the online request form. Note that submitting a request does not confirm Sparty’s attendance.

Due to his academic and university commitments, Sparty is unable to confirm appearances more than one month prior to the event date. Please note that he is unavailable on football Saturdays and that his availability is also limited during major athletic tournaments. After his university commitments are scheduled, private functions are scheduled in the order received, so submit your request as early as possible. You will be contacted by email one month prior to your event with the status of your request. Although he would love to be everywhere, the volume of requests received makes that difficult.

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Appearance Fees

Sparty is able to attend events for up to an hour, and rates vary depending on the organization, type of event, distance from campus, in and out of state travel, and whether or not your event falls on a major holiday. Standard appearance fees are:

  • $1,000 + travel for weddings
  • $500 + travel for private events
  • $250 + travel for MSU alumni community events
  • $200 + travel for university departments
  • $200 + travel for registered student organizations
  • $200 + travel for registered, off-campus non-profit organizations, such as the Red Cross and Boys and Girls Club

Please note, rates are subject to change. If Sparty is able to attend your event, a finalized price will be provided with his contact. The fees charged for Sparty’s appearance directly benefit the Sparty Mascot Program by funding uniforms, travel, cleaning, refurbishments, and other expenses necessary to help Sparty represent Spartan Nation.


Sparty Appearance Frequently Asked Questions

  • What type of events does Sparty attend?

    Sparty has been almost everywhere, appearing at more than 500 events per year. The most common events that Sparty participates in are wedding receptions, birthday parties, alumni events, tailgates, bar-mitzvahs, parades, golf outings, fundraisers, charity events, retirement parties, fairs, commercials — and, of course, all major MSU sporting events.


  • How much does it cost to have Sparty appear at my event?

    Sparty has different rates depending on your type of event. Costs will vary due to distance from campus, whether the event is private or for a charitable organization, and depending on whether or not your event falls on a major holiday. Please see standard rates under “Appearance Fees.”


  • If I want Sparty at my event, how early should I make a request?

    Sparty is a very active and busy guy. You must submit your event request at least two months in advance, but the earlier the better! After scheduling university events, his schedule is determined based on the order in which requests were received. Please note that Sparty is unable to make any personal appearances on days with either home or away football games due to his other commitments.


  • How long can Sparty stay at my event?

    Because Sparty is so busy, he can only stay at events for up to an hour — no exceptions.


  • What does Sparty wear?

    At most events Sparty wears his traditional green armor, but at special events such as a wedding reception Sparty dons a tuxedo. If you would like Sparty to wear something different to accentuate your event, please email us to make special arrangements.

For more information Sparty request inquires may be directed to the MSU Alumni Association via email or by calling (517) 432-0014.