Breslin Student Events Center

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Jack Breslin Student Events Center
Location One 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 Michigan State University
Operator Michigan State University
Capacity 16,280[1] (1989-present)
Surface Hardwood
Broke ground July 24, 1986[2]
Opened November 9, 1989
Construction cost $45 million
($85.6 million in 2015 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 15,000 for most events depending on the floor or stage setup. The Breslin Center superseded Jenison Fieldhouse, which stands nearby.

The arena's current 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 trucks rallys, and circuses that travel to Mid Michigan are usually hosted 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 either Joe Louis Arena in Detroit or Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids).


  • 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 3-point line.[5]

Notable entertainers who have performed at Breslin[edit]

Musical Groups

Individual Musical Performers



Notable Conferences[edit]


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  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. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  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. ^ "Here's a look at the new Breslin Center floor". Retrieved June 22, 2012. 

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