Destruction from tailgating at Michigan game called ‘worst ever’

Nov 7, 2013

An influx of tailgaters for the Michigan game meant some MSU trees were 'pruned' or otherwise damaged. The trees are important not only for their beauty, but also to classrooms and researchers.
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Every home football Saturday here in East Lansing, thousands of people flock to the Michigan State campus to take part in a sacred ritual:  tailgating.  But the pastime takes a toll. After the celebrating, landscaping personnel at MSU repair damage to grass and trees.

Some of those personnel are calling last Saturday’s damage the worst they’ve seen.

Dr. Frank Telewski,  MSU Professor of Plant Biology and curator of MSU’s Beal Garden, says last week's heavy rains meant ruts gouged into the ground by cars were especially bad.