One of the many reasons that I love to go to buckeyes games is the electricity of our crowd and how loud/fun the fans are. The games that I chose to get tickets for this season are Cal and scUM. I know there has only been three games and they were not huge games, but what has been up with the crowd enthusiasm? I was at the Cal game this weekend and noticed that we were not loud and most of the time the crowd was sitting. I guess I really noticed the change because I have watched the last couple of seasons from the student section and have only sat in other sections during more anticipated games like Michigan/USC/Texas. I was lucky enough to sit in the club seating on the home side for the Miami/OSU game in Columbus, and I was really disappointed because everyone was sitting, acting reserved and only cheered if there was a big play.
UCF head coach George O'Leary was quoted saying "I tell you what, it's like Michigan. It’s not a loud stadium. I mean, they sit on their hands in that stadium. I've been there before, and you take Wisconsin, you take Iowa, you take UCF... it's much louder than that stadium. It really is as far as the noise is concerned, because it is so far away from the field. But a lot of stadiums are a lot louder than that place."
Watching during the UCF game Joey Galloway was commentating and said that the shoe was quiet, but he also said that he could hear Braxton's hand claps, which makes sense due to the fact that it was an offensive play.
There have also been comments from Urban saying that he wants the crowd to be louder. The Department of Athletics also tried to do a scarlet and gray thing, where you would wear either scarlet or gray based on your seat assignment during the UCF game, but unsure if this was a direct attempt to try to amp up the stadium.
I also heard that Cal said the shoe was quiet and wouldn't be an issue in conversation with someone, but not sure about the source.
I just hope this doesn't become something that happens regularly. I know a crowd cannot possibly cheer for the entire time of a game, and that is not what I expect. But I have heard Ohio Stadium at its best and it is amazing.