I drove my family five hours to sit in the stands. Being an out-of-state, non-native Buckeye, I had no idea who any of the dignitaries were other than Coleman -- and that was only because he was plainly labeled on his scoreboard video. My wife asked if one was the governor, and I had to admit that I didn't know who the Governor of Ohio was anymore. So the dignitaries were wasted on us. We can't legally vote for them anyway.
Of course, it was a great ceremony and easily worth the gas and hotel room. I only wish that they had stuffed a sock in the dignitaries and let more of the players talk. Or at least, have somebody read the names of all the guys in gray suits down on the field who didn't get mike time. We were there to thank them too.