The State – 09/27/22

Rachel Fulton

Today’s weather forecast is predicting cloudy with some more rain occasionally throughout the day with a high of 54 degrees and a low of 43 degrees.

What makes Horrocks so popular? The history of Lansing’s favorite market

From live music to everyday grocery shopping, Horrocks Farmers Market offers a wide range of services, including food trucks, garden centers, a gelato business, floral arrangements, a candy counter and even a pizzeria.

Horrocks has gained a longstanding reputation for its product and atmospheric quality for over 60 years.

The market began in 1959 as a fruit stand and Christmas tree farm, but it quickly became a full-time operation, featuring a wide selection of produce and deli products.

Two other Horrocks locations have opened since the original – one in Battle Creek in 1992 and another in Kentwood in 2002.

But what makes Horrocks Farmers Market so famous?

Lansing residents keep coming back to the market, primarily because of its ambiance, keeping the parking lot packed at all hours of the day no matter the weather.

Further, the market has a tavern offering shoppers refreshing drinks. Shoppers can stop for a slice of pizza or stop by the self-serve soup and salad bar for a light meal too.

Horrocks is located in Lansing at 7420 W. Saginaw Hwy. and is open every day of the week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

‘A new era of Spartan hockey’: Munn Arena renovations complete

From the new player lounge, sauna and shooting room to state of the art locker rooms and an updated main entry, Michigan State hockey now has one of the best facilities in the country, thanks to a three year project to renovate its home arena.

Players, coaches, alumni, university administrators, family and friends gathered at Munn Arena to celebrate the completion of its recent renovations on Friday, Sept. 23.

First year Head Coach Adam Nightingale said it was exciting to see the renovations come along and finish up since he arrived.

The dedication included remarks from Nightingale, Athletic Director Alan Haller, President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., Trustee Melanie Foster, fifth-year defenseman Cole Krygier, graduate defenseman Christian Krygier and donor and MSU hockey alum Gary Harpell.

During his speech, Nightingale said the alumni played a key role in supporting the arena’s renovations.

Harpell and his wife Joanne donated $1.5 million to the expansion project in 2021. Harpell said his role in the Munn renovations renewed his relationship with MSU and Spartan hockey.

Since it opened its doors five decades ago, Haller said Munn Arena has been home to one of the most successful programs in college hockey and that he looks forward to the program building on its past achievements.

Where to watch non-MSU sports in the Lansing area

Michigan State offers dozens of sporting events for fans to choose from – many of which are free of charge to students. But for those looking to attend a game outside of the collegiate world, the Lansing area is home to several professional and semi-professional teams.

Here’s a few different options to choose from…

First, students looking for a unique sport to watch should look no further than the Lansing Roller Derby, or LRD.

The team, composed of women ages 18 and up, has been in the Lansing area since July 2010. Bouts are held at Court One Training Center in East Lansing.

LRD president Ali Jahr said roller derby is exciting to watch because it’s different.

Jahr said the roller derby community is also an accepting group with a wide variety of representation among its members.

Next, Jackson Field, located in the heart of downtown Lansing, is home to the Lansing Lugnuts, the High-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. The MiLB season runs from April through September. Tickets are $5 for anyone with a valid student ID.

Assistant General Manager Greg Kigar said the team loves the connection it has with the MSU community, which includes the annual Crosstown Showdown matchup between the Lugnuts and MSU.

During the season, there are a series of rotating promotional events including Dog Days of Summer on Wednesdays, Thirsty Thursdays and Frontline Fridays.

Jackson Field doesn’t go unused in the off-season, as there are a number of events happening at the park this fall, including a rugby game between MSU and Michigan on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.

Finally, The Lansing Common Football Club, a semi-professional soccer club in the Midwest Premier League, has been in the area since its inaugural season in 2021.

It’s a non-profit with a mission to represent the community. The club is also a member of the Anti-Racist Soccer Club coalition, which works to fight racism in American soccer.

Games are held at Eastern Stadium in Lansing. Tickets are available for single games or season memberships.

“In our inaugural season in 2021, we finished second, and then again, finishing second this past year,” MSU alumni Travis Hamers said. “So we’re a very competitive team with sights on a championship. … it’s also entertaining to watch and it’s been a competitive level of soccer in the area.”

Based on original reporting by Alex Harding and Maddy Warren.