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March 16, 2009

Thinking of Going To Minneapolis?

I'm not going to bore you by rehashing everything that has been said about our opponent, seeding, chances, etc.  We're going to discuss watching the game.

For those of you contemplating going to the game--do it!  You can't get tickets from MSU unless you are really well connected, but the Humphrey Dome is not sold out and there are tons of decent seats available.  Go to the msuspartans.com website and click on ticket info and you can have tickets waiting at Will Call in about five minutes time.

Don't fly, drive.  Flights on this short of notice are way too expensive.  Lansing to Minneapolis is about 630 miles, or about 10 hours if you have a slightly heavy foot.  The only tolls are $4.20 between Chicago and Rockford  if you drive right through Chicago on I-90 and avoid the I-294 Tollway around the western suburbs..

Room prices aren't too bad.  Remember, the further away from downtown, the less expensive the room.  With my MSU alumni discount, I was able to score a room at the Travelodge in Burnsville (about a 15-minute drive away) for $40 a night.  If you park downtown, the hotels will more than likely charge for parking each night you stay.

Parking at the game is also very reasonable.  For Friday's game, if you don't mind walking a little, you can find free on-street parking about four or five blocks away.   The pay lots in close aren't too bad, though.  For Sunday's game, park at an up close meter, which should be free on Sunday as they are in most cities.

For those of you who can't make it to the game, CBS will televise the game at 9:50 PM Friday evening.  If you live in the state of Michigan, you should be able to see the entire game without any cut-aways to other games.  If you live outside of Michigan, I strongly suggest you go to mmod.ncaa.com and download their Game Player.  You should be able to then watch a live steam of our (or any other) game.  The site also claims you can upgrade the live feed to a better quality video, but I'm not sure how that works.  I watched the NCAA Selection Show at this site and it was just fine.

So, there you go!  I hope I was able to help a few of you if you were considering watching the game either live or on the tube or computer.  Either way, GO GREEN!

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