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Spartans across the country gather to watch Rose Bowl
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Michigan State Spartans--and thousands of fans--are in California, facing off against the Stanford Cardinal in the Rose Bowl.
The game just kicked off at 5:00, but in West Michigan, Spartan fans and alumni have come together to cheer on the green and white.
Newschannel 3 caught up with one man who lives in Grand Rapids, who was supposed to be in Pasadena watching the game with family.
Unfortunately, the weather had other plans for Eric Schneible.
A 2009 MSU graduate, getting tickets to the Rose Bowl was the opportunity of a lifetime for Schneible.
"We were able to get six tickets for us to go," he said.
But on Tuesday, when he drove to Kalamazoo to catch his flight, his dream turned into a nightmare.
"I already checked in, had my boarding pass ready to go, and the security was gated off," Schneible recalled. "So I talked to a security guard, and he said every flight was canceled out of Kalamazoo for the rest of the day."
His Pasadena dreams were crushed. His wife and family, who flew out of Detroit, made it there without him.
"She's in, like, 80 degree weather stuff, sending me this picture messages of the Rose Parade, and stuff like that," Schneible said.
So he's sitting home on New Year's Day, instead of in the stands, and he's watching his team on TV.
But he adds that a win would make him feel better.
Regardless of the outcome, East Lansing Police say they will have extra officers on duty tonight to try to prevent any more incidents like those following the Big Ten Championship Game.