Ohio State Lowers Spring Game Tickets to $5

By DJ Byrnes on April 11, 2014 at 11:26a
69 Comments

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.]

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knoch11's picture

I was on the edge of whether to go or not, but this sealed it.

See you at the the Shoe!

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

Tell me Urban didn't lay the law down and get this done.   I WANT 106K!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

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buckeyestu's picture

Due to my work schedule, this does not change my plans of having to miss the game. However I was okay with the original price of the tickets. This is the greatest University, and the proceeds go to a worthy cause. But, i must say, if I had a family that wanted to go and it was a trip of 2 or more hours, I probably would just stay home and watch the event on my tv.

Jpfbuck's picture

well I think the term "hubris" applies here to the decision to charge $12/20 in the first place

if I was someone who paid $12 already I would be asking for a $7 refund

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RedStorm45's picture

Read the whole article.

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sivaDavis's picture

Wish it would have been this way from the start. A lot of people might miss this memo and not go thinking it's still 20 bucks a pop.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

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chitown buckeye's picture

Can only imagine Coach Meyer had something to do with this... Not sure what the weather has to do with anything? Because there was a chance it was going to crappy weather they were going to charge $20 but since the best crowds show when the weather is good and tix are at $5 we will change our price. Just admit you screwed up from the beginning!

"I'm having a heart attack!"

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livinginthegrey's picture

it's not just dollars, but even if it was 106k X $5 > 26K x $20.

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Zimmy07's picture

I saw people complaining on facebook about the prices and mentioning that TSUN's game was free.

I reminded them that TSUN's spring game was an inferior product.

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TMac's picture

and they only had 15 k there

Knarcisi's picture

And there were free donuts. 

AlwayzABuckeye614's picture

Doesnt change my plans, Id rather watch it on tv so I can keep track of players better lol

 

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FROMTHE18's picture

geesh, 11th hour decision…but if you are capable of going, might as well get involved. Fill the Shoe people.

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BroJim's picture

Good, $20 way just too much for the casual fan.

I season my simple food with hunger

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RedStorm45's picture

Personally, I still don't care about seeing a scrimmage.

bdegroff's picture

Common sense strikes again!!

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rls321321's picture

They were ripping ppl off at $20.00. As an alumnus if i can go one whole week w/o 

OSU asking me for money thru  the  mail it's a good week.

 

 

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FitzBuck's picture

BG is the same.  I told them the kids in the marketing department are allowed to call me to work on their talk tracks and selling skills but they won't get shit out of me till all student loans are repaid.  The marketing has been reduced to two 5 min calls a year.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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BuckeyeStrong2's picture

Is there anywhere to get tickets other than ticketmaster? They are charging $5.50 for the ticket and then another $4 in service fees. It's not the $10 that is the issue, its the fact that they are basically doubling the price of my ticket in fees.

"BLOOD. THIRSTY. BUCKEYES."

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cdubs's picture

They're selling them at every Donato's

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RBuck's picture

And Kroger.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

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DoubleB's picture

You can also walk up to the shoe and buy them tomorrow at the game.

I was tired of trying to work my way around the back, so I just ran him over.
-Joey Bosa

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FitzBuck's picture

And anyone foolish enough to scalp them will be giving them away after the first quarter.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

Doc's picture

Hopefully the University has realized this is just a glorified practice and keep the tickets at $5.00 for a long while. I already bought the 12 dollar tickets. I haven't decided what to do, if anything, about any sort of refund. I doubt ticketbastard will refund its $4/ticket service charge. Ohio State needs to remember that we aren't all getting 6 figure bonuses every time we turn around.

"Say my name."

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Devin1024's picture

I'm right there with you.  Returning the $12 tickets probably isn't worth the hassle.

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RBuck's picture

You can take your ticket stub in for a refund starting Monday. Any point of purchase.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

rls321321's picture

Hopefully the University has realized this is just a glorified practice and keep the tickets at $5.00 for a long while. I already bought the 12 dollar tickets. 

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They will always try to get as much $ as possible. It's a big business.

 

 

Devin1024's picture

Remember when it was always only $5 to get in?  Ah, the good ole days.  Free parking is pretty sweet though!

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Buckeyeneer's picture

I remember when it was free. One of the best times I had there was just walking in with a couple of German international students. They had a great time and on the occasion that we talk they still ask me about "their team".

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

Art Harrell's picture

I still have tickets from ' Back in the Day " the spring game was free

Big Bear Super Markets were the sponsor's

 

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Good call!

Billy Dee Approves!

 

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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buckeyedude's picture

I hate to be that guy, but being from Toledo, it's too little, too late for me. I can't just hop in the car and drive 2 & a half hours to C-bus on a whim.

 

 

buckskin's picture

I don't care if Meyer wants it as a recruiting tool or not (big attendance numbers); I can now take all of my kids and experience the shoe for under $25.  It'll be a great experience for their first time in the shoe.  Can't wait.

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redfox's picture

When you have a Wife and kids it makes a big difference between 5.00 and 20.00 each. Are you listing Mr. Smith.

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BassDropper's picture

36,000 have already been sold, with the price reductions + the amount of people who wait until game day to buy their tickets, I think we will be looking at a 60,000-70,000 crowd

DIRECTIONER

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FitzBuck's picture

He's back?  I was led to believe you fell off a cliff and died on impact. 

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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brandonbauer87's picture

There's been a lot of complaining about the price, and I really don't get it. For $20 you can watch a 3d movie with popcorn or go to the spring game. Easy choice. 

 

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brandonbauer87's picture

That's pretty lame. 

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d5k's picture

I thought it was a clever response to a false dichotomy.  Obviously there is a whole continuum of things I can spend my money on.  If I'm not going to spend $75-80 face value on a ticket against Akron or whatever I'm not going to spend $20 to go to a practice.  

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brandonbauer87's picture

That's your opinion, man. What else are you going to do for $20 to entertain you for 2-3 hours? When you look at it in comparison to the years it was $5, it seems expensive. When you look at it as a discounted opportunity to take-in some football in The Shoe, it makes more sense. Unless you can find a quality hooker for twenty bucks, you're not going to find more entertainment for your money. 

dlb72osu's picture

BB87 - I agree with your logic with one small caveat; why is everyone only discussing the $20 alternative when a pre-event purchase price was only $12? Now, try to come up with an alternate entertainment for that price.

And BTW, it isn't simply a practice you're seeing. It is a show of support for the team and assisting a very worthy charity. If all practices were open, there would probably be 20-30k fans at every one. Fans want to see the team of their affection. 

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
- Invictus

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d5k's picture

I can get 3 boneless ribeye steaks from Carfagna's for less than $20.  Or 2 ribeye steaks and a 6 pack of Yuengling.

brandonbauer87's picture

So you'd rather eat three steaks than watch the spring game? Cool. 

Buckeyeneer's picture

Brandon, I don't want to stereotype you here (which is what you say when you're about to stereotype someone) but are you a younger, single man? I only ask because I'd have the same opinion as you if I was younger and without wife and kids. When taking my wife and 2 kids to a glorified practice goes from $20 to $80, it's a big deal. If it were just me the additional $15 is no big thing.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

Buckeyeneer's picture

Wow! My first double post!

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

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brandonbauer87's picture

Very close. I'm younger and married. I understand the family scenario. I remember in previous years, kids under a certain age were free. I haven't heard anything about that this year, though. I guess from my experience, the spring game is for the more "hardcore" fans. I've been to the game with my wife and with other casual fans. It's usually a pretty miserable experience. My point is, bringing the whole family isn't necessarily a good idea at $5 per ticket. 

Anyway, $80 for a family of 4 is still the cheapest you'll ever get them in The Shoe. I'm trying to be careful how I word some of this as to not sound like an asshole. Being a sports fan is never cheap. That goes for any level and any sport. It's not fair and there's no charity. There's a lot of things I can't afford or can't justify spending money on, that's a problem for me. I don't think Porsche prices are stupid or unfair just because I can't afford them. 

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buckskin's picture

Thankful they're moving in the right direction with the prices; hopefully this is not a one year thing.  It sure would be nice if we could get them back down to free like way back in the day (though this will never happen.)

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Bamabucknut's picture

Money grubbers exposed.

Money grubbers put in their place.

johnarmitage's picture

Are there refunds for the suckers who already bought tiks?

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RBuck's picture

See my comment above...yes.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

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rllbucks1's picture

My gosh folks! Don't you read? All money goes to charity! Stop talking about all the greed, talk about our buckeyes.  I am glad  they lowered the price ( much more sensible) but it wasn't greed it was stupidly!

rllbucks1

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NorthernOhioBuckeye's picture

Unfortunately, my daughter has a volleyball tournament in Ada at Ohio Northern Univ. otherwise, I would be in attendance. Oh well, will try to catch it on the tube.

+1 HS
DeuceOSU78's picture

The OSU soccer Bucks will also be at ONU on Saturday for two games and they will be FREE (I think).

DeuceOSU78

woodcocklives@osu's picture

I think it's a bigger indictment of the Ath. Dept.'s continued overinflation of the product, and the willingess of "diehard Buckeyes" to buy anything they're selling. (See FAMU, 2013 game)

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AngryWoody's picture

What school are you a fan of?

Our Honor Defend!

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Ugly Hour Chazz Bear's picture

Will the south stands be completely open with construction going on?

I like the bux.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

South Stands are closed last I heard.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

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CCatanzaro's picture

There I am!!  White jersey, number 49 right in the middle!

Dairy-fed intellect and pure, unhinged sass.

 

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livinginthegrey's picture

it's great they reduced the price, but for some it's too late. I live 2 hours away and would love to bring my girls to the game. But for the cost, we made alternative plans. Now we won't be in attendance. If the cost was more reasonable (charity or not) earlier, we would have likely attended.

 

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

In 2007 the Federal Government stopped funding the National Youth Sports Program. Ohio State stepped up to the plate and became the primary sponsor for the at risk youth sports program. The name was changed to LiFe Sports and expanded to provide more support for those kids who need it most. Those kids are the beneficiaries of the proceeds from the Spring Game.

Just keep those facts in mind when you start accusing the University of being greedy by charging less for two sporting events than you'd pay for a movie in the theater.

Many of today’s youth face unmet basic needs; are involved with anti-social peers; experience family conflict and instabilities; and suffer from emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues. Because of this, youth development programs are extremely important in promoting healthy youth development and addressing risk factors in youth.

Youth development researchers and program administrators have made advances in addressing positive outcomes for youth, but there is still much to be learned in the field. Not much is known about what specific program characteristics create these positive outcomes, or how volunteers can be better prepared and trained so that program designs are more likely to create positive outcomes.

A unique partnership among The Ohio State University’s College of Social Work, the Department of Athletics, the Department of Recreational Sports, and the Office of Outreach and Engagement, LiFE Sports “Learning in Fitness and Education through Sports“ is aiming to advance the practice of youth development nationally and internationally.

The LiFE Sports Initiative is an innovative approach to achieve the university’s land grant mission. The LiFE Sports Initiative addresses and meets the needs of today’s youth and youth-serving agencies and organizations through research, teaching, learning, service, and outreach.

LiFE Sports aims to increase the number and quality of sport and recreational programs available to youth, especially those from vulnerable circumstances. In addition, they also hope to increase the number of highly skilled youth development professionals in the field, and advance best practices in the areas of youth development, social work, and physical activity. LiFE Sports hopes to serve as a national model for university outreach and youth development programs.

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dlb72osu's picture

S_L - thank you for the input. I cannot understand why some of the OSU faithful on this site cannot follow a story line that is well documented as a charitable event. All of the proceeds go to charity. Half of the responders here continue to write about the greed, the corrupt, etc. people in the Athletic Department. They need to read an article such as the one you have presented and not blow it off as too long for the attention span. I guess haters hate...it's what they do.

Again, thank you for the article. More people need to think or at least research before they put the poison to their pen.

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
- Invictus

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osusteveb5875's picture

This was well intentioned but a terrible idea by the school.  This is one of our best recruiting tools and they need to do everything in their power to fill it up.  

I'm happy they fixed it but it may be a bit late to undo the poor attendance.

buckeyedude's picture

Tell me how this was "well intentioned?"

I have no problem with capitalism and profit, but this most certainly was motivated by greed, IMHO. As soon as I found out prices jumped 2000%(or whatever-math was not my major), I made other plans.

 

 

 

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brandonbauer87's picture

You do realize that all profits are donated to charity right? Greedy bastards.

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joel121270's picture

Ill be there....what are some good places to eat around there? I want to hang out and enjoy the whole thing and I've only been there one other time and had to leave right after the game in the fall of 2012. Any input or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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blufftonbuck's picture

Big, big difference for family of 5.  

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nm_buck's picture

A quick nickle is better than a slow dime.

Better to get 80,000 sold at $5 than 22,000 at $20.  Even though there is a little more taken in by the latter, in the former you are making more people happy, most importantly the recruits.  You are pleasing the very people the program depends upon the entire season:  Players and fans.

buckeyedude's picture

Whoever came up with the idea to raise prices from $5 to $20 should prolly be canned. They should have figured out that $20 was too much for a scrimmage. I've already made other plans.

I have no problem with charity, but to go from $5 to $20 is a big jump, especially to watch a practice game. Many people are still unemployed or underemployed. If they would have just went from $5 to $10, it would have been an easier pill to swallow.

If I lived in C-bus I'd prolly go, but being that I'm 2 and 1/2 hour drive north, I've made other plans. Like watch it on BTN.

 

 

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