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Michigan State Athletics | December 21, 2015

Michigan State football: Spirit of Detroit to don Spartan jersey

  The statue often features jerseys of Detroit's professional teams during the playoffs.

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The "Spirit of Detroit," an iconic monument located in the heart of downtown Detroit at the Coleman A. Young Center on Woodward Avenue, will don an oversized Michigan State football jersey, beginning on Monday, Dec. 21 at 9:30 a.m. ET to celebrate the Big Ten Champion Spartans making their first appearance in the College Football Playoff.

The third-seeded Spartans (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten) will play SEC Champion and second-seeded Alabama (12-1, 7-1) on Thursday, Dec. 31 in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic in Arlington, Texas, at AT&T Stadium. The game, which is slated to begin at 8:10 p.m. ET, will be televised on ESPN.

According to the Detroit Historical Society, the "Spirit of Detroit," which was dedicated in 1958, was the largest cast bronze statue (26-foot sculpture) since the Renaissance at the time it was built. The statue often features jerseys of Detroit's professional teams during the playoffs. It marks the first time the "Spirit of Detroit" statue has worn a Spartan jersey.

"It's truly exciting to know the Spartan jersey will be worn by the `Spirit of Detroit' statue," MSU Athletics Director Mark Hollis said. "It's a public symbol of support for our football program as it prepares for the College Football Playoff Semifinal against Alabama, and I'm positive many MSU alums will stop by the statue to pose for photos. The sustained success of our football program has energized the entire university and our fan base."

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