- 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
owner = Michigan State University
operator = Michigan State University
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
arenaat Michigan State Universityin 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 Spartansmen's and women's basketballteams. 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 The Breslin Center superseded Jenison Fieldhouse, which stands nearby.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 courtis the same floor where the Spartans won the 2000 NCAA Men's Tournament, which was at the RCA Domein Indianapolis. The school purchased the floor from the NCAA and Final Fourfloor 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= http://www.dailyorange.com/home/index.cfm?event=displayArticlePrinterFriendly&uStory_id=78624dd8-759a-40c5-bc06-b176aad52db3 | 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.
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 Basketballteam.
1997 - Breslin Center added a color replay board above center court, dubbed
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
Larry the Cable Guy
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Dave Matthews Band
Jimmy Eat World
The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) Pipes and Drums
* [http://www.breslincenter.com Breslin Center official website]
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