Thursday, May 29, 2003

UK, Mich. St to play at Ford Field

Enquirer news services

DETROIT - Michigan State wants to add the college basketball attendance record to the one it already holds for an NCAA hockey game. The school said Wednesday that it will play Kentucky in a men's basketball game on Dec. 13 at Ford Field.

A news conference to discuss the details of the event will be held this morning at the indoor arena in downtown Detroit where the NFL's Lions play.

The college basketball attendance record of 68,112 was set Jan. 20, 1990, at a game between Louisiana State and Notre Dame at the Superdome in New Orleans. Ford Field seats 65,000 in its football configuration, but several thousand more seats could be added around a basketball court on the artificial turf.

At Spartan Stadium, Michigan State played Michigan to a 3-3 tie on Oct. 6, 2001, before 74,554 fans - the most to ever watch a hockey game.

"This game is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the coaches, players and fans involved," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said.

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