Breslin Student Events Center

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Jack Breslin Student Events Center
Location 534 Birch Road
East Lansing, MI 48824
Coordinates 42°43′42″N 84°29′33″W / 42.728227°N 84.492396°W / 42.728227; -84.492396Coordinates: 42°43′42″N 84°29′33″W / 42.728227°N 84.492396°W / 42.728227; -84.492396
Owner M
Capacity 14,759 [1] (1989-present)
Surface Hardwood
Broke ground July 24, 1986[2]
Opened November 9, 1989
Construction cost $45 million
($89 million in 2017 dollars[3])
Architect HNTB
Giffels, Hoyem, Basso, Inc.
General contractor Gilbane/Christman
Michigan State Spartans
(Men's & Women's Basketball)
MHSAA Basketball Finals

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 holds around 10,000 for most events depending on the floor or stage setup. The Breslin Center superseded Jenison Fieldhouse, which stands nearby.

The arena's 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.[4]

The building not only serves as the home to MSU sports teams, but as the main large performance arena for the Lansing area. The Michigan State Bar Examination, large concerts, commencements, monster truck rallies, and circuses that travel to Mid Michigan are often held at the Breslin Center. It is Lansing's WWE venue; however, because of its suburban location, it is used primarily for house shows (most WWE television tapings are at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit or Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids).

The arena is undergoing a $50 million renovation to improve the visitor experience and to create a Michigan State University Basketball Hall of History which is scheduled to be completed by June 2018.[5][6]


  • 1997 - A color replay board above center court is added, dubbed SpartanVision.
  • 2001 - An expansion adds two, 8,000-square-foot (740 m2) auxiliary gyms and office space.
  • 2005 - A large black drop curtain to close off the upper deck in efforts to make smaller events "less empty" is added.
  • 2006 - The scrolling advertisements are replaced at the score's table with TV screens.
  • 2007 - The home team locker rooms are renovated and the ceilings raised as players on both the men's and women's teams are approaching 7'.
  • 2010 - The basketball floor was repainted to adapt to the new shade of green and the new appearance of MSU Athletics.
  • 2011 - A larger, HD overhead scoreboard and LED rings around the lower concourse are added.
  • 2012 - The basketball floor was repainted again with a larger logo at center court, replacement of MSU logos with a Big Ten logo at the free throw lines, and removal of brighter wood inside the three-point line.[7]
  • 2016 - The basketball floor was repainted again, keeping the large Spartan logo in the center of the court and adding a two-tone design with darker colored wood for the area inside the three-point line and a single random stripe outside the visitors 3 point line on the right.[8]

Notable entertainers who have performed at Breslin

Musical Groups

Individual musical performers



Notable Conferences

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ Seibold, Jack (2003). The Spartan Sports Encyclopedia. Champaign, Illinois: Sports Publishing LLC. p. 871. ISBN 1-58261-219-6. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
  3. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  4. ^ Ramsey, Ethan (March 29, 2005). "Champs Given Shot to Purchase Final Four Court". The Daily Orange. Syracuse University. Retrieved January 28, 2008. [dead link]
  5. ^ "MSU board approves renovation, expansion of Breslin Center - Michigan State Official Athletic Site". Retrieved 2016-02-19.
  6. ^ "Michigan State moving forward with $50 million Breslin Center renovation". Retrieved 2016-02-19.
  7. ^ "Here's a look at the new Breslin Center floor". Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  8. ^ Hines, Travis (2016-10-13). "Michigan State unveils new court design". CollegeBasketballTalk. Retrieved 2017-01-05.

External links

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