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.