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U2 performs at Spartan Stadium

Photo courtesy of Kelly Ardito

MSU welcomes U2


Oct. 31, 2011

Picture one of the most famous rock bands of all time performing at a landmark venue that incites waves of pride in Spartans and visitors alike. When U2 came to Spartan Stadium on their 360° Tour, the MSU Physical Plant* worked hard to make sure the concert’s preparation and aftermath werehandled smoothly.

Work for the event started weeks ahead of time in many realms of planning. Engineering and Architectural Services commissioned cuts in the wall of Spartan Stadium to accommodate a massive claw stage structure. Landscape Services workers removed irrigation heads in the field. On the administrative end, Division Support Services worked tirelessly to arrange finances for everything from HVAC costs to the price of stadium alterations. Telecommunication Systems assessed and installed new communication needs such as cabling for the performers and wireless ticket readers.

Beginning 10 days beforehand, staff from Building Services checked the stadium’s plumbing and restroom supplies. They transformed space to meet needs by placing beds in first-aid rooms and converting locker rooms to office space for U2’s crew.

Custodial Services helped to accommodate the visitors. Employees prepared Munn Ice Area for off-duty truckers and crew members to shower and eat. They set up tables and chairs to create dining areas and cleaned the showers throughout the process.

During the show, multiple departments were stationed in press boxes and around the stadium. The group included on-site plumbers, an electrician, and an elevator mechanic. Building Services staff secured nearby buildings at the correct times to prevent trespassing. The trouble truck, an on-call truck that responds to emergencies, was on duty along with a designated dispatcher from Telecommunication Systems.

As the concert drew to a close, 40 Custodial Services workers waited in the tunnel beneath the stadium to start sweeping the floors immediately after the encore. The team worked until about 2 a.m. cleaning the area. Cleanup efforts continued through Tuesday afternoon to get the stadium back to normal.

All departments of the Physical Plant* came together to make this night happen. The Physical Plant received several kudos praising its efforts.

September/October 2011

*Prior to the creation of Infrastructure Planning and Facilities in January 2013, several IPF departments were a part of the now-dissolved MSU Physical Plant. Some historical articles on this website reference that former unit.