Athletics

What you need to know

  • Effective January 1, 2022, Michigan State athletics will require spectators at indoor athletic events to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event. The policy applies to men's and women's basketball, hockey, wrestling and gymnastics home events. The first scheduled event with the policy in effect will be the men's basketball game against Nebraska on Jan. 5.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all varsity sports and departments have been asked to reduce their budgets by at least 25%. Also, all contract employees making $100,000 or greater are taking salary reductions on a sliding scale Sept. 1, 2020, to Aug. 31, 2021. In total, as of September 2020, 50 athletics employees have taken salary reductions, ranging from 15% to 1%. Another 31 employees saw their sports camp income decrease, with a range of between 23% and 1% of their income. A hiring freeze has been instituted as well, resulting in 11 unfilled positions. In September, it was announced many athletics staff members will undergo furloughs of at least one month before Dec. 31, 2020.