It is possible the Michigan-Michigan State game could be played at night in 2014 at Spartan Stadium.
The idea has been proposed several times in the past two season, but now it is beginning to look like a reality. It is clear fans of both teams want the game to be played at night, but there are still logistical factors that go into arranging such a game.
As far as 2013 goes, the Michigan-Michigan state game will not be played at night. However, the second game could be awarded a night kickoff time.
"The first (game) will not be (played at night)," Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said Tuesday at a Detroit Economic Club meeting at the Westin Book Cadillac. "The second one, there’s always a possibility. It’s something that we don’t initiate. It’s initiated by the television entities that have our rights, and then we go through the process of evaluating if we want to go that direction. There’s a lot of things that you factor into it."
Another thing to point out is how Hollis is not opposed to playing Michigan at night. With the recent chatter about the rivalry being played at night, it would not be surprising if ESPN elects to have a late kickoff for the 2014 matchup.
"We love night games at Michigan State," Hollis said. "They add great value, but we also want to ensure that it fits with everything else that is around. It’s going to depend on how many other night games are on the docket and which ones make the most sense. It’s nothing we would say a definite no to, but we’ll evaluate it if the situation arises."
Michigan currently has two night games scheduled for 2013. Michigan hosts Notre Dame at 8 p.m. Sept. 7 and visits Penn State at 5 p.m. Oct. 12.
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