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The Spartans are headed to San Diego for the Holiday Bowl on December 28, 2017! Michigan State Alumni Association is proud to partner with Anthony Travel, the Official Bowl Travel Provider, to offer Spartan fans the ultimate experience. Space is limited and packages are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Make your reservation today to be a part of this exciting Michigan State travel opportunity!

Game tickets NOT included in tour packages. Purchase game tickets through the Spartan Athletics Ticket Office at or 1 (800) GO STATE or (517) 355-1610.


While in San Diego, get together with fellow Spartans at barleymash…a Spartan alum-managed, family-friendly venue in the Gaslamp Quarter.

600 5th Ave | Gaslamp | San Diego
Mon – Fri: 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m., Sat & Sun: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. Note: underaged children must be accompanied by an adult. After 10 p.m., only 21 and older.

For more information about barleymash visit


DECEMBER 22, 2017

San Diego Spartans Welcome the Spartan Football Team to San Diego: Put on your green & white, make a sign, and join the MSU Alumni Club of San Diego at the team hotel – the Manchester Grand Hyatt – when they welcome the Spartan football team to San Diego on Friday, December 22, sometime during the afternoon or evening. The club will be joined by the Holiday Bowl RedCoat welcoming committee, a mariachi band, and others in welcoming the Spartans to America’s Finest City. No registration required – all Spartans are welcome to attend. Note: Free parking at the hotel is only available for registered guests, others can pay to park or find other downtown parking. For more information contact

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego | 1 Market Place | San Diego, CA  92101
Time: tbd 

DECEMBER 25, 2017

Spartan Day at the San Diego Zoo: Welcome the Spartan football team to the San Diego Zoo as they exit the buses and then enjoy a day at the zoo with the team and other Spartans fans and alumni. Tickets to the zoo must be purchased individually. For more information contact

San Diego Zoo | 2920 Zoo Drive | San Diego, CA  92101
Time: tbd (estimated time will be announced via MSU Alumni Club of San Diego email, Facebook, and website.

DECEMBER 27, 2017

Holiday Bowl Kickoff Luncheon: Get in the spirit with a battle of the bands between the Spartan Marching Band and the Cougar Marching Band. Then, join Coach Mark Dantonio and the Spartan team at a VIP bowl luncheon. More than 1,200 guests attend this can’t-miss bowl event annually and are treated to a great lunch, the heart-pounding sounds of the two university bands, video team highlight presentations, plus players and coaches of the participating schools. $70 per person. Tickets can be purchased through Anthony Travel. For more information contact

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego | 1 Market Place | San Diego, CA  92101
Time: 11:00 a.m. Battle of the Bands | 12:00 noon luncheon

San Diego Spartans Holiday Bowl Happy Hour: Join the San Diego Spartans for a unique happy hour event at barleymash. This event is open to all Spartan fans – local San Diego Spartans, fans, and alumni. barleymash is a family-friendly restaurant and bar (before 10:00 p.m.) and is managed by an MSU grad who wants to make this a fun time for all. Children and minors are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian. barleymash is located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, within walking distance to the other Holiday Bowl events on December 27.

The San Diego Spartans Holiday Bowl Happy Hour will feature:

  • Spartan decorations and multimedia presentations on the televisions
  • Happy hour food and drink specials
  • Free giveaways
  • Raffle to benefit the San Diego Spartans Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • San Diego Spartans Club T-Shirt Sales
  • No RSVP required
  • No cover charge

barleymash | 600 5th Ave | Gaslamp | San Diego
Time: 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. PST

Holiday Bowl Marching Band Showcase: The Washington State and Michigan State Bands will play for fans at the Horton Plaza Amphitheater. This event is free. For more information visit
Time: 6:00 p.m. PST

DECEMBER 28, 2017

Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade: The scenic, bayside streets of downtown San Diego will come alive with the 2017 Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade – a San Diego Bowl Games Production. As always, this exciting family event brings together world-class marching bands, magnificent floats, entertaining drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons – more than any other parade! Over 100,000 street-side spectators will enjoy the parade along with a nationwide television audience. To purchase grandstand tickets in advance visit Grandstand tickets may be purchased on the day of the parade for $22 each, cash only. Grandstands are located at the intersection of Harbor Drive & Ash Street.
Time: 10:00 a.m. PST

FanZone: Game Day events begin with FanZone! Fans can take part in interactive football activities, live music, DJ, lounge area, and so much more. Enjoy some of San Diego’s best local food trucks and sample local brews at the craft beer garden. Admission to FanZone is free with game ticket. Tickets for the beer garden can be purchased in advance for $20 at  FanZone is located at SDCCU STADIUM Parking Lot G-1.
Time: 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. PST

Holiday Bowl VIP Tailgate: Enjoy unlimited food, beer and wine as well as private performances by the Spartan Marching B and and MSU cheerleaders at SDCCU Stadium before kickoff. A limited number of tickets are available to the public. $80 per adult, $40 ages 2 – 9. Tickets can be purchased through Anthony Travel. For more information contact

SDCCU Stadium | Parking Lot F-1 | 9449 Friars Rd | San Diego, CA 92108
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. PST

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl: Pre-Game (5:30 p.m.) features heart-pounding performances by both university marching bands, spectacular pageantry, parachute jumpers, and of course The Big Flag – the football field size American Flag. The main event (6:00 p.m.) pits the Washington State Cougars against the Michigan State Spartans. Enjoy a half-time fireworks show and the trophy presentation at the end of the game. For game tickets visit This is a great opportunity to see your school up close and cheer on your Spartans! Note: Washington State will be on the North side and Michigan State on the South side of SDCCU Stadium.
Time: 5:30 p.m. Pre-game Show and 6:00 p.m. Kick-off

Holiday Bowl Events are subject to change – updated 12/11/17