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Officials Evacuate Spartan Stadium Again

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- For the second time in a row, on just the second game of the home season, officials evacuated fans from Spartan Stadium due to storms.

Not only was Saturday's evacuation the second in two weeks, it marked the second in Michigan State University history.

"It's interesting to see that two weeks in a row they do an evacuation when I haven't seen it in the 18 years I've had season tickets," said MSU Alumnus Jeff Miller.

MSU officials say Saturday's evacuation went a lot like the evacuation August 31. However, they say there was one main difference that made Saturday's evacuation a little easier, the game had yet to start, which meant many fans didn't even make it inside before officials told them to turn around.

"I tell you what, I've been through games where it's been a lot worse in the past," said MSU fan Josh Aldrich. "I'm really surprised we can't at least get in the stadium to figure it out."

Officials say most fans obliged during the evacuation.

"They're not going to evacuate the stadium for no reason, right?" said Miller.

"It's not the first time this has happened to us," said South Florida fan Jayson Levine. "We're seasoned veterans when it comes to it. Evacuations and festivities are our specialty."

However, for some students, getting out of their seats took a little bribing from MSU basketball head coach Tom Izzo.

"I'm going to beg you. I'm going to ask you for the respect of our university, myself and you guys. If you could just walk under and abide by it I promise I'm going to walk right back and sit in the middle of you when this game starts, alright?" Izzo said.

Izzo stayed true to his word and celebrated State's win alongside thousands of Spartan students.

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