OSU Considering a 2013 Spring Game in Cincinnati

By Jason Priestas on June 20, 2012 at 2:55p
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Due to expected renovations to 1922-era coating and concrete off portions of A and C decks next year, Ohio State is exploring the possibility of holding the 2013 Spring Game at 65,535-seat Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

Athletic director Gene Smith provided the following comment:

"We are very appreciative to be in discussions with the Cincinnati Bengals. We look forward to continuing our discussions and look forward to an opportunity to bring the Buckeyes into Cincinnati and closer to our Southern Ohio fans."

While this may be an inconvenience to students and fans that live in Central Ohio, the areas that need stripping and replacing were not restored as part of the last round of upgrades to Ohio Stadium between 1998-2001 and the work must be completed during the warmer spring and summer months. There's also the obvious outreach potential by targeting a market that's traditionally been a hard sell on the football recruiting front.

We'll have more as this develops.

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703Buckeye's picture

I think this is a good idea, build up more of a good rep in Cincy. I wonder how upset UC will be over this...

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

toad1204's picture

They are not happy at all... I've heard from a handful of UC alums who think the only good thing is the cash influx (which this city desparately needs.)  Hopefully it will get the next Jordan Hicks/ Hunter Bivins to think twice.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Grayskullsession's picture

This is a smart move on tOSU's part. They now have a chance to get some more brand rep in Cincy and possbily a stronger foothold for recruiting.

"if irony were made of strawberries, we' d all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."

DMcDougal24's picture

It seems they may do both, but I'm a Cleveland guy myself so I'm wondering which spot (Cle or Cin) do you all want them to pursue more?

tennbuckeye19's picture

I'm a Cleveland sports fan, but I understand them considering Cincy for this game. 
Although Cleveland Browns Stadium has a capacity of 73,200 to Paul Brown Stadium's 65,535.

703Buckeye's picture

Cleveland would be great, maybe they could host a spring game in the future. However, Cleveland is Columbus-North when it comes to Ohio State; Cincinnati is much lest passionate about OSU than Cleveland.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

They played Toledo in Cleveland as an away game and you could drink.

703Buckeye's picture

I know they played a game in Cleveland, but I'm talking Spring Games here.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

TheBadOwl's picture

The spring game should be at the 'Shoe. I'd be fine playing a neutral site game at Paul Brown against a team like UC or UK, but I'd rather keep the spring game on campus.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

DMcDougal24's picture

I think you're right because it gives the students and those with a more limited budget an opportunity to see the Shoe, but with renovations they had to move it somewhere... 

Jason Priestas's picture

How about this for SEC-envy: If we were located several hundred miles south of where we presently are, the crews could get in and do this work in February and March and the Spring Game could still be played in Columbus in April.

buckeyechad's picture

Guess I won't be going next year

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

Party at Humble's Abode in downtown Cincy before the game! Mrs. Humble will provide tailgate food and I will supply the libations!

Doc's picture

Be careful what you wish for Humble.  I'm always extra thirsty when I'm in the Queen City.

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