March Madness descends on Lansing; fans rejoice

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By: Emma-Jean Bedford
Listen Up, Lansing

LANSING-Drink specials, ruined brackets, and bets. It must be March Madness.

With Michigan State’s men’s basketball team now in the Final Four, Lansing residents debate whether to embrace the bar scene or stay in the comfort of their own home while cheering on the M Spartans.

Lansing bars Tavern and Tap and Troppo will be selling their draft beer for $3 on game nights in hopes that basketball fans will come to experience the atmosphere they have to offer.

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“A lot of people definitely go to the bars to be a part of the excitement. Even if you’re not a basketball fan, seeing how into it people get during this month basically forces you to become one. It should be a good time,” Lansing Community College student Mike Dolbee said.

With the help of public transportation, Michigan State University students can also experience the Lansing bar scene if they choose to.

Lindsay Seal, the manager and event planner at Tavern and Tap, has organized a route through the Entertainment Express bus that will pick you up at the East Lansing Peppino’s and take you to all three bars. This bus, free with a CATA bus pass, will be running Thursday – Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.

“This whole idea sounds really appealing and the deals would definitely bring me over to Lansing, especially because the transportation would be so convenient,” MSU junior Logan Blissett said.

However, some people prefer the comfort of their own home over a loud and busy bar scene.

“There’s a fridge full of beer and there’s no line for the bathroom,” Lansing resident Terry Vanderveen said.

Safety is also an important factor when alcohol is involved.

“I don’t want to accidentally drink too much and be on the road,” Lansing resident and MSU alumnus Bruce Betterly said.

“I don’t want to deal with the parking and I just don’t want to spend that kind of money, even with all the specials and deals going on,” Lansing resident Chad Collier said.

Regardless of where fans celebrate, they all seemed to agree on one thing…

“I’m all about the green, baby! No matter what,” Betterly said.

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