Urban Meyer said this week he wants 106,000 people inside the Horseshoe on Saturday. The weather will cooperate in spades, but the ticket prices were not at $12 and $20.
Well, Ohio State has heard the will of the people, and the university has responded in kind. Per release:
History shows that Ohio State’s best spring game crowds occur on warm spring days and when ticket prices are $5. The weather forecast is favorable for a pleasant afternoon tomorrow, with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70s. Ticket prices are now going to be favorable as well, as the Department of Athletics has decided to lower the cost of general admission tickets to $5.
“We want everybody who wants to attend the game to be able to come to Ohio Stadium,” Martin Jarmond, executive associate director of athletics, said. “We are encouraged by the weather forecast and we want our fans to come to the ’Shoe and enjoy watching the Buckeyes.”
Proceeds from all ticket sales support both the LiFE Sports program and the Boys and Girls Club. These two programs benefit some 700 of Columbus’ underprivileged youth during four weeks in the summer with athletic camps, clinics and two meals a day on Ohio State’s campus.
Ohio State reported that 36,000 tickets were already sold, which is above average for pre-game sales.
"I’m very one-track minded with recruiting," head coach Urban Meyer said Friday afternoon at the Ohio high school coaches clinic. "I’d love to have 85,000 people there on a 72-degree day in Columbus, Ohio.
"I'd love to have 100,000 people in there. That might be asking a lot but it's been a cold winter. I hope people want to come out."
Meyer said his wife, Shelley, was the first person to point out ticket prices were too expensive.
Parking will be free tomorrow.
If you purchased general admission tickets in advance, the price difference donated to the LiFE Sports program and the Boys and Girls club. If you want the money back, you can get a refund of the difference by returning your ticket(s) to their point of purchase starting on Monday (April 14th).
Good to see Ohio State walk back off the cliff of insanity. Does this change anyone's plans?
[Spring game rosters are over here.]