First Look: Artist Rendering of the 2,522 New Seats and Permanent Lights Going into Ohio Stadium for 2014

By Jason Priestas on June 6, 2013 at 5:17p

Ohio State released artist renderings of where the proposed 2,522 new seats and permanent lights will be going in Ohio Stadium. The new seats, announced last week, will go above the current canopied tunnels at the corners of the south end zone. These tunnels serve as entrance points for Ohio State and the visiting team.

1,261 seats will be added above the southeast tunnel that Ohio State uses to enter and leave the field, while the remaining 1,261 seats will go in above the southwest tunnel used by opponents. Ohio Stadium's last major expansion took place in 2001, when the seating capacity jumped from 98,841 to 101,568. The current capacity is 102,329 and the addition of a further 2,522 seats will push the capacity to 104,851, making the Horseshoe the third-largest stadium in college football (trailing Penn State's Beaver Stadium at 106,572 and Michigan Stadium at 109,901).


  • Gene Smith on if there is uneasiness with having a new boss and losing an ally in Gordon Gee: "Not with me. I’m going to miss him. He’s been a great leader. He mentored me in a lot of great ways. We’re fortunate that our coaches have done well and out and student-athletes continue to do well. Our APR the other day was off the chain. I don’t worry about it because this has been my ninth president through the years. I’m going to miss him and the comfort level. He was a solid leader. He was there for me and gave me great advice. I’m sure we’ll find another great leader. I love these trustees. They’re talented, so I feel good about that. But I’m going to miss that steady hand."
  • Smith on Michigan night games being inevitable: "I don’t think so. I just cant see us doing that. anything can happen, but I don’t see us doing it. Dave Brandon and I are on the same page. I think it’s too risky (weather and safety). It’s a different beast. All the traffic problems at the Texas game in 2005 were because we had to pull all the security from parking and move them around the stadium. At some point you gotta be realistic relative to what you can handle. I think we can handle Nebraska and all the other ones. But that one is too unique."
  • Smith on whether the athletic department is worried about the stadium losing its horseshoe characteristic: "We tried to be real careful with that, which is why we did what we did with the tunnels. (The east and west sides) actually won’t connect. There was a sensitivity to that."
  • With marquee games, population growth in Central Ohio and large number of OSU grads, Smith doesn't foresee problem selling out Ohio Stadium. But he did say, "You never know."
  • Smith indicated the entire South Stands will be used for the students. Some students will remain in the north end to accommodate their 28,000 ticket allotment. Smith said a section in the north end will be used for youth groups and charity organizations. He said they want to allow people that otherwise wouldn't be able to attend games to see the Buckeyes live.
  • Ohio Stadium will receive an upgrade in cell phone service with antennas added in and around the stadium.

Here's a closer look at the artist rendering for the seats above the southeast tunnel.

A closer look at the seats over the southeast tunnel to Ohio Stadium

Also released were photos of the new permanent lights that will go in above the east and west stands.

Permanent lights will go in over Ohio Stadium's east and west stands
Permanent lights will go in over Ohio Stadium's east and west stands


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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Based on these, it seems like the "horseshoe" look will still be preserved.  However, I would like an angle from the north stands.

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AcrossTheField11's picture

Agreed.  I love that the south stands look like this.   

I'm just hope whatever they do with the extra seating will maintain this same appeal.  If anything, you'd think they could probably make those south endzone seats higher / steeper if we ever needed to expand capacity to 110 - 115+.  
I forget the exactly sizes, but I think someone once told me that if we made the seating less comfortable by cutting each seat numbers width by 2 inches we our stadium could be upwards of 120k capacity without renovations.  

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

JollyFatMan's picture

Considering I already have to stand sideways for half the game, and I'm not even a big guy, I don't think that would fly well. 

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Savage45's picture

I like very much! There will be no better stadium in the country for college football.
The visitors have never had a tunnel though, it's more of ramp.

FROMTHE18's picture

edited: misread the drawing... will be interesting when graphic renderings come out

RedStorm45's picture

I'm in favor of keeping it an open 'Shoe, despite the permanent South Stands (they still left it separated from the rest of the stadium).  All of that for 2,500 extra seats?  And at that cost too?  Doesn't seem too practical, in my opinion.  Edit: I'm apparently having difficulty reading this rendering.  You can probably ignore my original comment.
Capacity was never 98,841 - you mean 89,941 (for a year I think it got bumped to 95k before the renovations were completed).
I wonder what capacity would be if there were no club seats and no luxury boxes.  AND if the seats were slightly smaller as discussed in a previous ______ (skully? forum topic? I forget, but it was just a few days ago).

NYC Buckeye's picture

I always liked how the south stands weren't attached, kind of like they were built as a blockade to prevent opponents from running away out the open end of the Horseshoe.. When looking south from inside the stadium I felt it was instantly recognizable as Ohio Stadium, being one of the mega stadiums that doesn't have continuous seating all around... we appear to be losing that with these new seats... 

KE's picture

My first game in the Shoe was the 1967 game against Purdue. The Bucks got destroyed. There were temporary bleachers in the open end back then which seated maybe a thousand. You only understand the importance of Ohio Stadium when you go to some of the new stadiums around the country. I went to a UCentral Florida game a year or so ago in their brand new stadium. It's made of aluminum, and can be disassembled with a screwdriver. When you realize that Ohio Stadium is made of foot-thick concrete, you see the difference between traditional football powers, and all the rest.

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RBuck's picture

Enough candlepower to light the dark side of the moon.

Long live the southend.

harleymanjax's picture

WE NEED 110,000 SEATS!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

Geraffi's picture

Or at least 109,902

hail2victors9's picture

Last I had heard, OSU fans didn't care about the stadium capacity record.

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Oyster's picture

Be careful ; )

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(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

OSUs12-OH's picture

Well you heard wrong....
Bet you ten to one that you guys make renovations and enlarge your stadium in less than five years if this comes to fruition at OSU.  Retort with whatever bc I know you will.  And you know I'm right...your teams been copying ours for decades.  Not to mention utilizing our state for recruits, coaches and Heisman winners last I heard but I'm sure you'll refute that too...right?

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hail2victors9's picture

Yep, Michigan copied OSU in permanent lighting, too.  And why on Earth would you be proud that some of the best talent from Ohio went to Michigan?  See this great article about recruiting in Ohio: B1G Recruiting in Ohio.

Anyway, it's more a matter of when, rather than if...and the 'if' has nothing to do with OSU, as M-Man kindly pointed out months ago, here.  And here's an article from two years ago discussing the same expansion.  If you're naive to believe that it is not 90% about the $ and 10% about the pride of one-upping your rival, think again.
Also, turns out that the Buckeye76BHOP account was deactivated.  What a coincidence.

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Oyster's picture

Uhhhhh, it's 100% about the money. 

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

phxbuck's picture

Man awesome points. 

bostonbuckeye's picture

Most people are proud to say michigan's best players came from Ohio because most people are aware you can't get every player from your state. The talent is just too rich in Ohio for Ohio State to grab every player.  There are also a ton of people in both states that like the other school because it goes against what everyone else is doing. That's another reason you have kids from either state going to another.  Webb has said, on several occasions, that he's always liked Ohio State, that he wasn't gonna do things just because everyone else around him was.  Therefore, knowing we can't get every great kid from Ohio to come here means we take pride knowing you've had to come to our state to get your best players.  I, sure as hell, wouldn't want most of Ohio State Heisman trophy winners to come from Michigan. Hell, half of the winners for Ohio State were born in Columbus and 2 of the 6 played high school football in Columbus.  Ohio is like Texas...we take pride in our high school football.

cal3713's picture

Hmmm... and now there will be a day where about 80k people are all telling people at the games that they remember back when they used to roll in temporary lights for night games.  I loved that...  incredibly idiosyncratic and unique aspect of the stadium.  I suppose permanent is better though.

T4EHill's picture

It looks like it can work for the seats even though it looks like it encloses but its still The Shoe no matter what. I'm glad about the lights though! 

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geoffrsc's picture

The permanent lights should make night games nice and bright. Better for TV viewing. And they're not too obtrusive. Good plan.

osu07asu10's picture

The lights were never an issue for TV viewing. The lights were an issue for people in C-Deck and B-Deck who had to work through the stands in some serious dim lighting.

Back in 07, I remember it costing about $27k a game for the temp lighting.  So it was truly a cost v. benefit back then.

Urban wants it though...(BENEFIT!)

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d1145fresh's picture

I said this when it was first announced but I would love to see the entire section jumping up and down on top of the visitor's tunnel when they are coming out. Walking out of a dark, shaking tunnel to 105K would be pretty intimidating. 

3GB's picture

So the current "official" capacity is 102,329, yet typically announced attendance hits the 105k mark during games.  Mayhaps we'll start seeing game attendance bragging number upwards of 107-108k now?

cal3713's picture

Highest Attendance:  October 6, 2012 - 106,102 [#12 Ohio State 63 - #21 Nebraska 38]

Jordan Wagner's picture

Last years attendance:

vs. Nebraska: 106,102

vs. Michigan: 105, 899

With adding 2,522 seats, I guess we should be able to get to about 108,500. We'll see though. 

Tim's picture

I think this will make the team's entrance onto the field better.  They kind of have to stand around in plain sight now, so having a covered tunnel will make it a lot better, I think.

chicagobuckeye's picture

It has been under a canopy, but yea I think seeing them come out of no where is pretty cool. MAYBE, next stadium adjustment will be the block o in the middle of the field opens up and the team comes up through the middle.

Shock-G's picture

The traditionalist in me worries when things like this start being talked about but after seeing these designs I am pretty excited for what this means for the future!

I wanna go back to Ohio State ... 

Yamosu's picture

Just make the entire south section of seats out of glass.  Then it will still appear to be a Shoe. 
Now I know what you all are thinking (what I am thinking), and girls don't wear skirts to Ohio State football games in fall, its way to cold.

Earle's picture

That's a lot of Windex.

Snarkies gonna snark. 

NoVA Buckeye's picture


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LadyBuck's picture

God is it too cold in the winter. I would only wear a skirt if I had tights and scarlet and grey leg warmers. Even then, some of those games would kill me.

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

The lights will also help out afternoon games that are cloudy, adding better visibility for the TV viewer and fans at the stadium. I like the design for the lights, too. No ugly towers!

trasch_man's picture

What happened to the rumor about adding seats on top of the press box a few years back? Did that just go away?

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Why can't we build a whole other level up higher?  Why not add another 10K to 20K of seat!  Would love to see Silver Bullets coming out to over 125,000 fans!  Imagine that crowd noise.  Go Bucks!!

RBuck's picture

They can't afford to supply the oxygen masks.

Long live the southend.

tdible2132's picture

I was a tad bit skeptical when I first heard about this due to the possibility of making "The Horseshoe" no longer look like a horseshoe. Now, I'm really starting to get excited for these changes!

mh277907's picture

I don't know if this is in the future plans or not but could you imagine a matching press box on the east side of the stadium? I love how the stadium already feels like it is right on top of the field, but I feel like a press box on the other side would make it even more uncomfortable for opposing teams. 


zbd's picture

Those new 2,522 seats should be given out for $10, being such bad locations.

jmw's picture

I've always wanted to 'high five' someone sitting in the South stands when I was in the East or West "I got that goin for me, which is nice!"  


ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Should work OK.  Kinda hard to visualize, but people at OSU are smart.  They'll figure out how to make it work.
Edit:  Now that I read the whole thing...permanent lights = good. 

Ohio Stadium will receive an upgrade in cell phone service with antennas added in and around the stadium.

^^^THANK GOD!  Shit drives me crazy.

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AndyVance's picture

Ohio Stadium will receive an upgrade in cell phone service with antennas added in and around the stadium.

Color me skeptical, but I'll believe it when I can send and receive texts at halftime...

Buckeye Beast's picture

I like how the lights blend in, but I'm hoping the enclosed south stands wont look too much like Nebraska's stadium. Im still in favor of double deck south stands.

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RedStorm45's picture

Beaver Stadium does it well.

millertime2011's picture

Another deck in the south stands would just be amazing. Would make the shoe even louder than it already is. 

omahabeef1337's picture

Anyone have a good idea of how the height of the expanded parts will compare with the height of A-deck? That part of the south stands is a lot higher. I don't know how they would do it with a slant, since they're bleachers not seats.

Basso Profondo's picture

Do you mean A-Deck or AA? I would imagine the new seats wouldn't be down that low, we have to have room for the epic tunnel that the team can come out of.

omahabeef1337's picture

I'm talking about A-deck. It seems like there's a substantial height difference between the south stands and where they are going to connect to the edge of A-deck.

Northbrook's picture

Don't like the brackets holding the lights. They need an arch in them to match the lower detail.

Ethos's picture

Agreed.  It's almost like the architect is completely ignoring everything below the lights.

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Bugsyk's picture

Still miss the Stadium Dorm...

4thandinches's picture

Please make the south stands higher or make it a double decker.
Also, all the students should be moved into the closed end and all the quiet people into the south stands.  

I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could. 

RedStorm45's picture

The point of the students being in the SS is that that end is "open" and has less fans so it isn't as loud as the north end.  There are student tickets in the north end as well.

Homey1970's picture

ALERT!  ALERT!  Looking more like the toilet bowl every day.

Poison nuts's picture

I don't know if anyone is saying it, but it, to me, looks like the horseshoe aesthetic has been compromised - quite a bit actually. No problem with the lights...don't like the stadium look. Maybe I'm wrong...

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4thandinches's picture

I always wondered why the south stands doesn't go higher. Seems to me that the south stands should have been built steeper and higher. Maybe that is for a future time.

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buknut1's picture

Ohio Stadium will receive an upgrade in cell phone service with antennas added in and around the stadium.

Thank God. As soon as the stadium fills up on AT&T I cannot make a phone call or send a text. I am always hoping the kids aren't burning the house down while I am at the game. The rest looks good too. I like the lights.