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MSU neon jerseys selling faster than expected

Posted at 7:08 PM, Sep 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-06 19:12:14-04

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan State Spartans will have a new look Saturday night when they take on Western Michigan for their second game of the season--and the jerseys are selling faster than expected.

At first, Michigan State fans thought their new jerseys could use some work but now that they're available, those opinions have changed just a bit.

"I wasn't sure what I was going to think about them, but after seeing them, they don't look half bad at all," Ken Hester, MSU student said.

"To see a different jersey and another concept, and to know it's designed by our team, honestly it's nice to see a new change," Don Martin, MSU student said.

The student bookstore on campus is just one of the places selling the jerseys.

"When I first saw them I was a bit shocked, but they've really grown on me, when you see them on a person as opposed to on a hanger, they look a lot different," Greg Ballein, Manager at MSU Student Book Store said.

Ballein said they're flying off the shelves--that's good for business and school spirit.

"When they bring it out at the end of the season for the Michigan game, Ohio State or something like that, it kind of limits the appeal of it, so to speak." Ballein said.

The color scheme--shocking to most, but no unprecedented.

"I know last year they were incorporating the neon in the basketball jerseys, so I'm not surprised that they came out with it, but I like it." Rebecca King, an MSU student said.

And perhaps an exciting sign for things to come.

"I'm kind of excited for what's going to happen for alternate jerseys in the next couple of seasons," Arthur Blythe, an MSU student said.

Some fans with a message to others who still aren't convinced.

"I guess you just have to see it all together with the players wearing it, see how it turns out," Blythe said.

But there's one thing Spartan fans know for sure.

"Western Michigan is in for a world of hurt," Blythe said.

The 19th ranked Spartans will debut their new uniforms when they kick off against Western.

The jerseys are selling at the Green and White Store for $100. Ballein said they'll be sold all year, or until they run out.

Saturday's game starts at 7:30 p.m.

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