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Officials Happy With Spartan Stadium Evacuation

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- Friday night was more than just a stampede of Spartan pride, just after 9 p.m. thunder and lightning rolled in fast, forcing Michigan State University safety officials to step in.

MSU officials tell 6 News they're pleased everything went as smoothly as it did Friday night, considering there were more than 71,000 people inside the stadium. They said about two-thirds of the fans filled the stands when the game resumed around 10 p.m.

Despite the severe weather, and recommended evacuation, fans said they didn't let the rain dampen their Spartan spirit.

"The first quarter and a half without rain was phenomenal and then the downpour came. It was spectacular," said Dave Gruszczynski, MSU alumnus.

"Just a little rain. It was fun. It was a good time. We came out with the win, so it's nice to the start the season off 1-0," said Chris Trombley, MSU senior.

Thankfully the storm didn't last long and no one was hurt.

Officials said, technically, they didn't have to evacuate everyone Friday night because the lightning strike didn't touch the ground. However, they said when there are tens of thousands of people inside the stadium it's better to be safe than sorry.

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