Ohio State Sells Out Student Tickets, Mulling WiFi in the Horseshoe

By Patrick Maks on June 23, 2014 at 1:03p
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In the days before Urban Meyer’s first taste of anxiously pacing up and down the sideline during a nighttime showdown in Ohio Stadium, the then first-year coach implored the scores of fans planning on attending the game to turn the ancient and mighty building into an “inferno.”

The bout — a 25-point blowout of the Nebraska Cornhuskers in 2012 — embodied a larger rebirth of a program that had finally stepped out of the dark shadows of unprecedented turmoil the year before.

On this night, the famed Horseshoe and its record crowd of 106,000-plus was a grand spectacle fitting of this new, flashy era of Buckeye football. The renaissance was on.

But, curiously enough, Ohio State has never sold out of student tickets during Meyer’s young yet dominant tenure in Columbus. 

At least not until now.

For the first time in three years, the school filled, and ultimately surpassed, its 28,333-seat allotment for the 2014 season, according to Brett Scarbrough, Ohio State’s assistant athletic director of ticketing and premium seating.  

In a climate where student attendance at college football games is declining, the ticketing office sold a total of 29,614 student ticket packages compared to 26,304 in 2013 and 25,798 in 2012 — which is nearly a 15-percent increase over three years.

Thanks to an influx of 2,522 seats to Ohio Stadium’s south stands, roughly 13 percent more students will have the chance to watch Meyer and the Buckeyes next fall while other big-time programs like Georgia and, most recently, Michigan struggle to fill their student sections.

No wonder Ohio State’s two-year dip in numbers fretted Scarbrough and his team. 

"It’s been very unexpected the last few years that we didn’t sell out because we had the long streak of just not being able to meet demand"

"It’s been very unexpected the last few years that we didn’t sell out because we had the long streak of just not being able to meet demand," he said.

“We were experiencing that decline as well.”

And while the Buckeyes saw a positive trend upward this year, there’s no guarantee the following year or years to come will be the same. There’s a certain need for schools to be proactive or risk falling victim to an epidemic that’s starting to plague college football.

While it’s a trend without one specific origin or reason, multiple factors lend themselves to today’s widespread decline in student attendance — be it a lousy on-field product, ticket prices, uncomfortable conditions or unpopular rules and regulations.  

Success on the field, though, tends to breed success in the box office. So does a competitive and exciting home schedule and so do night games, where the hype surrounding the contest at hand marinates throughout the day before coming to a head under the lights.

There’s a reason for Ohio State’s surge in student tickets: Meyer’s 24-2 in two campaigns and the Buckeyes — which should find themselves in the thick of the national championship picture again this year — host three games in primetime next season before their annual battle with Michigan on Nov. 29 in Columbus.

“I think the prospect to keep on the winning success that we’ve had under coach Meyer the past couple of years is really exciting to people,” Scarbrough said.

But complex problems require complex solutions.

On-field success can only do so much to wage war against a culture shift in how people consume sports with modern advances like high-definition TV, the internet and mobile technology. 

“It’s really about the game atmosphere and creating something for them that they can’t get in their basement,” Scarbrough said.

But what they can get in their basement or living room or patio seems to sometimes outweigh what they can get inside a stadium. 

“My understanding is that the decline comes mostly from students not going to the games,” Chris Smith, a sports business reporter at Forbes, wrote in an email.

“I don’t think there’s a lack of interest among students, just that it’s easier, and maybe even more fun, to tailgate and then watch the game on a high-def TV within walking distance of a beer-stocked fridge.”

But it means empty seats and thinning student sections.

“There’s a lot of things that you can point at over the past five years: the affordability of large-screen HDTVs and man caves and how much are you competing with that,” Scarbrough said.

“Back when I went to school here, we didn’t have HDTVs, so the experience of being at the game was unmatched. And now, you can get a 70-inch HDTV and you can see it from all angles.”

Ohio State’s countered by changing the way it shows replays on its big-screen scoreboard in the south stands. 

Still, fans want more.

“People want to be able to tweet,” Scarbrough said. “They want to be able to instagram.”

So Ohio State is looking seriously at providing fans inside the Horseshoe with WiFi. While there’s no definitive timetable set, Scarbrough said "it’s one of the topics that gets discussed continually" after the school enlisted Verizon Wireless to help with cell phone coverage on game days.

“People say, 'Well I want to be able to have access to WiFi and I want to see stats and I want to be able to put pictures on Instagram ... That is a topic that is getting serious traction right now."

“People say, 'Well I want to be able to have access to WiFi and I want to see stats and I want to be able to put pictures on Instagram' or whatever. That is a topic that is getting serious traction right now,” Scarbrough said.

“They put it in the suites last year as a test program to see if the infrastructure could handle it, to see what the guest experience was like … it got a very positive response, so then how do you take that and magnify it to getting everybody the signal strength they want when there’s 106-107,000 people in there.”

“Obviously it’s a massive expense and undertaking to do something like that, but that is one of the key three to four ingredients that are being looked at right now as a way that we can improve the atmosphere in the stadium and get people out of the basement.”

Other concepts being explored include a committee on the kinds of music you hear over the loudspeakers and visuals like fireworks and other pyrotechnics.

The goal in all of it, though, remains the same.

“It’s about creating the energy that you don’t get in your basement,” Scarbrough said.

Of course, it’s also about providing fans with the best of both worlds. It's about keeping the experience in the stands as powerful as it is on the field. 

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Ajake15's picture

"But first, let me take a selfie".

Buster Tillman was underrated

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TheBadOwl's picture

Jokes aside, if they can get WiFi to work in the Horseshoe, that'll be a very good thing. I love following along with Kyle Rowland's tweets and the @11W tweets during the game, and it's damn near impossible to do that in the Horseshoe as it is.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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ChicagoBuckMD's picture

You know, I've always been in the "Why the hell do you need WiFi at a Buckeye game?" camp, but that is a good point. I often go back and read 11W tweets after a game ends, but being able to see those during a game would be fun.

"Why be around average?" - UFM

poop's picture

I swear to god I'll pistol whip the first person I see with one of these in the Shoe!

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Earle's picture

Just the latest sign that the apocalypse is upon us.

Just say no to italics abuse.

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scottyp_330's picture

It's not the wi-fi... it's the beer! Plain and simple. Nobody misses the game because there isn't Wi-Fi. It's because they can get drunk underage or of age at a house with their friends. You can only drink so much before the game.

Nick's picture

Just install some more routers in Ohio Stadium since most of campus is covered already. It's faster than the crappy cable in town anyways.

 

 

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OSUStu's picture

I almost started going to Drexel football games because of their internet speeds.

 

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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AndyVance's picture

I can't begin to imagine the logistical challenge of getting WiFi that works well for 106,000 potential users. Half the airports in the U.S. can't handle a fraction of that many users.

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hit_the_couch's picture

Something tells me 50 megs, or whatever the top speed currently is, won't cut it.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

InTressITrust's picture

The speed is not the problem.  It is the bandwidth not being great enough.

"I'm not going to lie. We're anxious to be a part of a matchup like that. It's two states that love the game of football." -Jim Tressel

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Earle's picture

#TWDBITL

Just say no to italics abuse.

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InTressITrust's picture

#TBDWITL

Do you mean the Best Damn Wifi In the Land?

"I'm not going to lie. We're anxious to be a part of a matchup like that. It's two states that love the game of football." -Jim Tressel

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Earle's picture

The Widest Damn Bandwidth in the Land.

Just say no to italics abuse.

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Earle's picture

Or The Widest Damn Band in the Land, if you dislike redundancy (and double posts).

Just say no to italics abuse.

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I_Run_The_Dave's picture

It also depends on what bandwidth you are talking about.  The bandwidth of OSU's connectivity to the Internet is not the problem.  The bandwidth of Wireless frequencies is very much the problem.  You are talking about having 106,000 simultaneous users on 14 channels for 802.11g (that overlap each other) and I don't know that many devices yet support 802.11n and it is also more expensive.  

One of the technical challenges of WiFi is that you can't have two devices communicating to the access point at the same time, however the two devices may not be in range of each other so they may not be able synchronize.  When they are not synchronized (usually the access point can manage the synchonization, but that doesn't stop a device from broadcasting and interfering with other devices), packet loss results and can severely disrupt everything on that channel of the network.  In a corporate building, you have access points every so many feet, each on different channels, but you don't have a lot of users all on the same access point, and the access points are generally far enough away that you will never be in range of more than one on the same channel.  In a stadium, this is not feasible, you'd need an access point every 5-10 feet just to handle the load and there just aren't enough channels to make it workable without them all interfering with each other.

Mobile networks are designed to handle a higher load, but you are still concentrating a significantly higher number of users in a small space, so you'd probably have to have a dedicated "cell tower" in every section of the stands to handle the load.  Where are you going to put them without being an eyesore that still provides the signal strength necessary?  Obviously, they'd need to be built into the infrastructure, probably under the stands, but when 90% of your stadium is concrete, underneath isn't a good option for stability.

I'm really interested in the kinds of solutions that network engineers might come up with for an Ohio State or a Michigan (or an Alabama) to make connectivity possible for fans, but I don't know that we really have the technology for this kind of demand, and if we do it isn't cheap nor will your cell phone support it.

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CCatanzaro's picture

 

Dairy-fed intellect and pure, unhinged sass.

 

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YTOWNBUCKI's picture

At present time it really isn't logistically possible to provide Wifi to over 106,000 people within a confined area unless you're willing to pay tons of dollars to do so.  Then a problem you run into is people within a certain radius outside the stadium being able to access it.  Sure, you could use WPA keys and such but all it takes is someone inside the stadium to text that key to someone outside.  I just don't see how it's even remotely possible.

"If you root for Michigan, the terrorists win."

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Nick's picture

You can already get OSU wireless outside the stadium. Plus the wifi doesn't have to be for the whole stadium, just for students that have a dot username.

toad1204's picture

Next problem after wifi will be getting phones charged as they struggle to send that pic/ selfie/ text/ call.  Imagine that debacle with every 19 yr old standing next to an electrical outlet.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

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hit_the_couch's picture

They're all about those student tickets. I rstill emember when I transferred in from CSCC to tOSU; they definitely kept me more up to date and sent more info on when sales open up and how to get student tickets than the actual transfer enrollment process and what to do/ deadlines.

Sometimes I wonder about the priorities of the school. But F it, as long as they keep winning on the field.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

FitzBuck's picture

Night games and pyro = Juice

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

741's picture

Gene Smith et al do seem to be paying attention to the desires of their customers. Here's hoping they execute.

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AndyVance's picture

Step two: get the students closer to the action. I love what they do at Texas A&M with the Cadet Corps and the student body. Let's see that sort of student nearness in The Shoe, please.

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Urban Nation Army's picture

YES PLEASE.. I would love sideline tickets as a student!!!!

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

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brandonbauer87's picture

Sell season tickets to everyone, not just alumni and boosters. I guarantee that puts a butt in every seat. Or in the case of The Shoe, 1.5 butts in every seat. 

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DerryKing's picture

They do sell season tickets to everyone.

brandonbauer87's picture

That's news to me. Care to hit me with a little knowledge?

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Nutty's picture

They sell to employees of OSU as well. Not sure about public sales but the general public used to be able to get single game tickets.
 

brandonbauer87's picture

True. General public gets access to individual games only if season ticket holders don't buy all remaining tickets. 

Nutty's picture

If they were to put season tickets open to the general public it would be a madhouse. Either be a student, an alumni, get a job there or forget about it. It is hard enough for alumni or employees. Can't see the general public ever getting access to season tickets. Just way too many students, alumni and employees.

DoubleB's picture

You have to be a university donor, which for most people means joining the Buckeye Club. http://buckeyeclub.org/tickets-and-parking/football-information.php

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

BuckeyeBred's picture

Anyone know when general admission tickets go on sale? 

 

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gljackman's picture

I am waiting on that same info. myself. I want to travel up for the VA Tech game. I have a friend up there that tells me I can get goods seats in the parking lot prior to the game, but i don't want to take the unnecessary risk if I don't have too.

AeroBuckeye2001's picture

Some time in July.

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BuckeyeBred's picture

Thank you both! I recall 11W had the news last year; wanted to make sure I didn't miss it. 

buckskin's picture

It sure is different world when internet speed is the determining factor for some fans in their choice to attend an OSU game.

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bleedscarlet's picture

lol... one more sign that the world is passing me by....

I'm too drunk to taste this chicken

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Oyster's picture

Here is a novel idea, if you are at the game, actually watch the game.  You may end up enjoying yourself.

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Citrus's picture

True. However, it can be tough to follow some of the substitutions/injuries without a connection. Also, for safety reasons it would be great for cell service to work at games. Further, there are tons of stoppages for TV (esp ESPN games!) its nice to be able to check out other CFB scores or player stats during that time. 

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OSUStu's picture
This is why I still carry a pager.  

 

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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MikeTheBuckeye's picture

Those still exist? I thought they went extinct along with the dinosaurs.

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Nutty's picture

Here is a novel idea, if you are at the game, actually watch the game.  You may end up enjoying yourself.

Or talk to the guy next to you instead of following some guy on twitter who you'll likely never meet. There actually are some interesting people left in "real life."

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buckskin's picture

Yea no crap. I took my 8 year old to his first Michigan game this past year , and all he did was stare at the scoreboard replay. It took me till halftime to convince him the live game in front of him was better. And we had damn good seats.

buckeyesean's picture

I wonder how many of the student tickets sold were the Guest tickets.  I think this is the first year that OSU has allowed non-married students to purchase a corresponding ticket package for a guest (not spouses).  My sister is now a grad student at OSU, and because she purchased the student season tickets, she was able to buy a season package with her tickets for me as her guest to every game (at normal face value which is still great).

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AndyVance's picture

Wow, that is a huge change from past policy.

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

It seems to me that the real purpose of going to a game for today's student is to take selfies of yourself and your friends, facebook, tweet, instagram, and generally spend 3 and 1/2 hours on your cell phone. Does the game on the field matter any more? I went to college many years ago and actually spent most of my time at football games watching the game...and a few girls, of course. Call me an old goat, or whatever the new descriptors are for football fans like me, but the game on the field is more important than anything else...except the girl watching, of course.

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Condor's picture

I'm not social media savvy and its been a while since I was in school also. But I think the kids want to be watched by each other on social media while watching the game. That way you can look at each other's physique all the way across the stadium and not just across the row.  If I were 20 again I could probably dig it.

"Do not fear me gypsy, all I want is your tears."

 -- Borat Sagdiyev

 

roamingbuckeye's picture

Social media is about a lot more than "selfies" and the desire for wifi is about alot more than social media.  And the people who are going to facebook instead of watching the game are already not watching the game, they are yelling drunkenly at someone 3 rows behind them or reposting a tweet 5 times to try to get it to work over spotty cell coverage.  Plus with so many unecessary commercial breaks, etc there is plenty of time at the game spent not watching the game and being able to check in on the wider world would be amazingly convenient.

Plus I absolutely cannot wait for someone to get a good enough seat and good enough data/wifi connection to livestream a TBDBITL halftime performance onto the internet somewhere so I can switch the talking heads off in favor of that.

 

 

"I just cant wait to play football." -UFM

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mr.green's picture

Exactly, Roamy! Who doesn't want to converse with the guy in front of his tv in real time? Or chat with others on an 11W forum from the game? Or send a picture of the idiot fan (from the opposing school, of course) sitting in his section on Instagram? Plus replays and scores from other games and texting with friends in other sections... the faster the better. This isn't just about making students want to go to games, it's about making all of us want to go.

I don't use a lot of social media at games because it's not a good experience. I hope OSU succeeds in changing that.'

 

 

 

+1 HS
tommrkr's picture

Did you also wear an onion on your belt?  It was, after all, the style at the time.  I myself couldn't afford the white onions, because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones...

When I went to OSU in the 90s, it was the same issues, minus the tech.  Students brought their point and shoots or disposable cameras and took yet-unnamed selfies and other blurry crowd shots that got a lot worse as the night went on.  Plenty of folks in the student section BARELY paid attention to the game, just chatting, checking out the girls, and putting down their smuggled booze whenever the rest of the stadium blew up with cheers.  For many, the game was just a place to be seen and to see others.

My point is, if I'm cheering for the Buckeyes, but I also want to enjoy the game experience in my own way (reading stats, tweets, taking pictures) why should it matter as long as I'm not blocking your view? :)  This is just an amped up version of bringing your AM radio with you to listen to commentary on 1460 (cranked up really loud, no headphones needed) and wearing your Keith Byars jersey while muttering about "fundamentals!"

yrro's picture

Have their fixed their system yet? I remember it being nearly impossible to actually *buy* student tickets because the servers crashed when I was a student.

DerryKing's picture

It wasn't hard at all to get them. I got mine as soon as the window opened.

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Urban Nation Army's picture

same

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

Buckeyefan52's picture

Is watching TBDBITL perform not enough???

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huber57's picture

The over under on the WiFi charge is $7.95 for the game. Who'll take the over?

Why does Dublin have so many round-abouts? Because everyone in Dublin thinks they have the right-of-way.

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Firedup's picture

You should see the dumbfounded looks I get in the student section when I have the 90's radio headset on my ears.   People cant believe that one would like to lwatch and listen to the same game.  

"Making the Great State of Ohio Proud!" UFM

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Bolt's picture

Woah, I didn't realize we weren't selling out student tix over the last few years. When I was in school there in the mid to late 00s, you had to be sitting by your computer waiting on the day and time the tix went on sale because they'd sell out in a heartbeat.

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Gametime's picture

Two words: Google Fiber.

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

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Go1Bucks's picture

Im sorry if I don't see WiFi as a positive.  I go to games to watch the game.  I would prefer the other 106k do the same.

Go Bucks!

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tommrkr's picture

Are you saying that currently is the case?

exnwohiobuckfan's picture

Here is another novel idea: dont make 2 bottles of water cost as much as a six pack of premium beer

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Tom57's picture

Folks hate to say it but Cell Phone performance is NOT the defining issue... at least not according to surveys taken at schools where the Student attendance is a problem ALREADY.

#1  In-stadium game environment. It's really "corporate" at TTUN and GA. Many of the PAC12 schools have general disinterest. The lack of beer sales is an issue, but OSU could "fix" that by letting people leave and come back during the game.

#1A Crappy opponent tied with an early start time. Get both and you WILL NOT get the students to come on time period, and/or come at all in many cases.

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nm_buck's picture

Beer before Bandwidth.

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Daddypete's picture

When reading last week about Michigan's issue's selling their student tickets, I started thinking about why I bought tickets as a student. Frankly, it was not pyrotechnics or Bon Jovi opening the game for ABC. It was about tradition. It was about waking up on a crisp, cool, saturday morning, making bacon and eggs (beer being our normal beverage of choice) and getting ready to watch The Ohio State University play football. Sure, we brought leather satchels filled with Jack Daniels to pass around after touchdown's or big defensive stops, but we never got drunk, because, how then could you remember what happened during the game.

That is what it really comes down to folks....the memories. My father made me promise I would never sell my tickets (especially Michigan) because he always said, "The hundred dollars will be blown in a week, but remembering where you were sitting when Keith Byers lost his shoe, or Pepper Johnson and Chris Spielman stopped Ronny Harmon on 4th and 1 or Matt Franz kicks the winner against Michigan (yes, that was at the Big House, my senior year...what a great ride home that was!)...those memories will NEVER be lost, pete, and you can tell those stories at reunions and parties and especially to your children and share something very special that one hundred dollars will never bring.

Hopefully, the kids will get it. Tradition and memories. A shared experience with your friends that no one can ever take away. If they ever invite Beyonce or Snoop Dog, or even Bon Jovi, I think I will puke!!!!

Sorry if this rant is a little long, but it seems like students (and some adult's, I suppose) are so myopic these days, maybe a not-so-old codgers perspective could be appreciated.   

"Stand and Deliver!"

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I remember last year hearing that Verizon improved the cell phone coverage in the stadium.  I noticed zero improvement.  Wifi would be very nice. 

Personally, I think even the advent of HDTV and whatnot doesn't match up to the experience that you get in the stadium, even for crap games.  Maybe I'm just not big on tailgating/drinking lots of beers.  Maybe I've been going to the 'Shoe since I was a kid and I feel like a kid again when I'm there.

Class of 2010.

Ugly Hour Chazz Bear's picture

I noticed a huge improvement.  in years past I wouldn't be able to send out a text or get on an app to see other scores in live-time.  Last year I could do both easily.  It still killed my battery trying to get onto the internet, but it worked.

I like the bux.

MikeTheBuckeye's picture

Sold out student tickets? A problem Michigan doesnt seem to face

Qujo's picture

Better Wifi = more expensive tickets (or more expensive game day experience in the form of increased concession prices or parking, etc.). They will have to pay for it somehow. So they fix one problem (wifi) and they generate or perpetuate another (higher prices). So which of the two would you rather have? Or maybe the better question is which one is better for TOSU to manage to?

And does it matter that students don't want to go to the game if they can't get wifi? Tickets will sell. Put the burden  on TOSU to schedule better, more interesting opponents throughout the season, tickets will sell. So my business side of me (cost/benefit) makes me question if the students don't want to go to the games because they can't live without wifi for 3 hours why should that impact the cost benefit to the other 77,000 fans is keeping ticket prices lower and most likely filling the stadium anyhow? 

disclaimer: of course I want the students at the game, just considering all angles to the issue.

"Tough times don't last, tough people do" - Gregory Peck

Shangheyed's picture

What is this WiFI thing you guys are talking about?

Jpfbuck's picture

the problem with students not wanting to go is a "future" problem in the sense that these are your future season ticket holders, and if they have little interest in the game now at reduced prices and while actually on campus, what are the odds that when they are 25 or 35 of spending thousands to by a season ticket when they now live in Cincy or Chicago or DC? the answer is almost none

so OSU trying to convince them that the game day experience is worth the cost and frankly hassle (no beer, cramped, bad weather etc, is an investment in the future state of the game

eventually us as older fans pass on to a new generation and if they start struggling to convince students to go and be a part of the stadium experience, then they will never go back once they have left school and are no longer on campus and real life expenses start to take hold

I have no use for wifi etc at the game, but for many people under 25 it is part of their dna, they MUST have it, or they consider you and your "experience" to be from the Jurassic era.

I think in general it is a good move

 

 

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buckguyfan1's picture

Only a matter of time until a member hacks the "Shoe's" Big Screen with an image like this.

 

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tommrkr's picture

just need to bribe this guy.  he sits over in the schott on gameday.

http://oncampus.osu.edu/scoreboard-operators/

 

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

Being connected at all times is the new "new", and Ohio State would be best suited to continue leading the pack in innovation. Had Twitter been around while I was a student there, I would have certainly appreciated the efforts then and still been capable of watching the game! I don't understand why so many think you can't do both! Sure, plenty of students take their selfies and that means more to them than a hard play-fake on 2nd-and-1, but they paid the money to put their butt in the seat. If WiFi helps them continue to do that, so be it.

How Firm Thy Friendship

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Ugly Hour Chazz Bear's picture

Just graudated from OSU, but I can't stand all of these student "fans" on their cell phone the whole time.  You're paying 35+ dollars a game to look at your phone?  Are you serious?  I can understand looking at your phone during TV timeouts and halftime, but during the game, why is your attention not on the game?  I actually enjoyed the stadium not having WiFi.  People want stats? They show stats throughout the game on the scoreboards, pay attention.  You want to see a tweet about the game?  How about you watch the game and there ya go.

 

Also, people saying they don't want to go to games without Wifi is not sole reason.  Paying good money for tickets when you can barely afford other essential things is hard when you have to see OSU play a terrible non-conference team.  The reason tickets sold out this year is because of two non-Big Ten night games vs good teams.
 

I like the bux.

tommrkr's picture

I just thought about this...  Can you imagine what Tinder on gameday looks like?

Earle's picture

Honestly, I can't.

Just say no to italics abuse.

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