Breslin Student Events Center

Breslin Student Events Center

stadium_name = Jack Breslin Student Events Center| nickname =

| location = One Birch Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824
broke_ground = July, 1986
opened = November 9, 1989
closed =
demolished =
owner = Michigan State University
operator = Michigan State University
surface =
architect = Giffels/Hoyem-Basso
former_names = | tenants = Michigan State Spartans
(Men's & Women's Basketball)
seating_capacity = 16,280

The Jack Breslin Student Events Center is a multi-purpose arena at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. The arena opened in 1989, and is named for Jack Breslin, MSU alumnus, former athlete and administrator, who first began pushing for the arena in 1969. It is home to the Michigan State Spartans men's and women's basketball teams. Although it nominally contains 16,280 seats, the arena typically only holds around 15,000 for most events depending on the floor or stage setup. The Breslin Center superseded Jenison Fieldhouse, which stands nearby.

The arena's current basketball court is the same floor where the Spartans won the 2000 NCAA Men's Tournament, which was at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. The school purchased the floor from the NCAA and Final Four floor installer Horner Flooring (based in Dollar Bay, Michigan) after the title game, and had a plaque installed on the baseline near the Michigan State tunnel to commemorate the floor's purpose in the school's history. [cite web | last = Ramsey | first = Ethan | title = Champs given shot to purchase Final Four court | url= | publisher = The Daily Orange | date = 2005-03-29 | accessdate = 2008-01-28]

The building not only serves as the home to MSU sports teams, but as the main large performance arena for the Lansing area. Large concerts, monster trucks rallys, circuses that travel to Mid Michigan are usually hosted at the Breslin Center.

Key Events

On February 20, 2007, Michigan State beat #1 ranked Wisconsin 64-55 behind a standout performance from junior guard Drew Neitzel (28 points).

On March 18 & 20, 2007, Breslin played host to first and second round games in the 2007 Women's NCAA Tournament.

It was the site of a 53-game home winning streak which spanned from 2000 to 2002 for the Michigan State Men's Basketball team.


1997 - Breslin Center added a color replay board above center court, dubbed Spartanvision.
2005 - Breslin Center added a large black drop curtain to close off the upper deck in efforts to make smaller events "less empty".
2006 - Breslin Center replaced the scrolling advertisements at the score's table with TV screens.
2007 - Breslin Center is slated to renovate the locker rooms, not only to update them, but also to raise the ceiling as players on both the men's and women's teams are approaching 7'. Visitors locker rooms will not be included in the renovations.

Famous people who have performed at Breslin

*Garth Brooks
*Larry the Cable Guy
*Ron White
*Toby Keith
*Dave Chapelle
*Bob Dylan
*Red Hot Chili Peppers
*Kanye West
*Harlem Globetrotters
*Ted Nugent
*Pearl Jam
*Counting Crows
*Barenaked Ladies
*Dave Matthews Band
*Kenny Rogers
*Dolly Parton
*Milli Vanilli
*Jimmy Eat World
*Tori Amos
*Jay Leno
*The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) Pipes and Drums
*Keith Urban
*Kenny Chesney
*Trans-Siberian Orchestra
*Will Ferrell
*Carrie Underwood
*Josh Turner
*Lil Wayne
*Brand New


External links

* [ Breslin Center official website]

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