Ohio State's Spring Game Attendance Ranks Third Across Nation

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CowCat's picture

This is to be expected with the north end of the stadium being renovated. Otherwise we would be #1.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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bucknut1994's picture

What do the renovations have to do with anything? The capacity was 76k and only 61k showed up

#94Ways

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Wyandot Buckeye Fan's picture

Maby the Masters tournament had something to do with the lower turnout?

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KYBuck's picture

Could have been the uncertain weather forecast leading into the weekend, although it turned out to be a good day for the SG.

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iowabuckeyes's picture

I'm inclined to think it was thud instead of tackling--people want to see football, not tag.

I'll give us 61k but there's no way Alabama had anywhere close to 62k, as this tweet and picture will attest.

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PhillyNut's picture

Would think the lack of full speed had an impact but sales were much slower than past years even before it was known that tackling would be limited. I think spring break for non college schools may have limited it some.

I don't buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan!

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Rocket Man's picture

If you ain't cheatin', you ain't a-tryin'

I guess they even cheat at counting butts in seats.

OK, I'm being somewhat sarcastic.  It's my nature.

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Tyrion: A wedding. 
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LJ's Ninjas's picture

Nebraska = daaaaamn!!!! Never would have guessed they'd top the attendance charts.

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Ortonhallalumni's picture

Why not..I mean what else do they have in nebraska

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LJ's Ninjas's picture

Their options are probably similar to the ones I had when I was a student at BGSU: eat, drink, or drink some more.

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iowabuckeyes's picture

You really need to stretch your legs and expand your mind and get out of Ohio someday.

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SilverHaven's picture

How about Iowa?

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Zimmy07's picture

Right now they have catastrophic flooding.  I’m really surprised at the number they put up.

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BuckeyeRealist13's picture

Just like in Ohio, football is king in Nebraska. I believe they are near the top of attendance every year 

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Skunk bear blood's picture

The cornheads sell out their spring game most every year.  Respectable fan base for sure.

Buy the ticket take the ride.

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Hovenaut's picture

Big Red Nation all in for this season. 

I'm not around that much, running exhausted and lost...

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JimmyVanP's picture

yeah maybe Bama had 60k tickets SOLD but theres no way they had more than 40k at the game lol

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iowabuckeyes's picture

Alabama is like the American League, which counts attendance based on tickets sold, while Ohio State is like the National League, which bases attendance on turnstile counts.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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NHBuckeye's picture

‘Braska is gonna be our trap game this season.  I feel  a whole lot more confident with our retooled Defense though.    

Fields of Dreams

 

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OSU56's picture

Nebraskans had to have a reason to get out in the air finally after the winter they had this year.......

Enjoying daily the 62-39 ttun beatdown.

 

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teddyballgame's picture

I really wanted to go (knew it would be nice out) but came into some extra work 

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Buckeyeneer's picture

Got to sit around a campfire listening to a drunk southerner tell me how football is life in the SEC and so much more important to people down there than to people up here. I was happy to tell him that the Big Ten had two of the top three in attendance for the games yesterday.

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

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Extramedium's picture

The top three if you consider how many people actually showed up for Bama's spring game. 

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CowCat's picture

LOL. Football isn't as important in the north, where it was invented? If you meet the same drunk southerner, remind him where the NFL hall of fame is located.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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stpetebuck's picture

Not to mention North 1-0 all time v South

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The Braden's picture

I'm glad that 102 people made the right decision yesterday because fuck Penn State.

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nickel beer's picture

I think I need another one.

half machine

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ScarletNerd's picture

Nebraska's spring game... In the modern era, the only game they're guaranteed to win. Well, half of them. That's got to be exciting for fans.

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NOBLUE's picture

who cares about the attendance...just win and they will come...

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550I Buckeye's picture

I was there; flew in from Vegas. Love my Buckeyes!

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NorthPoleBuckeye's picture

Amazing that Penn St hits 61K and Clemson hits 60K right on the nose /s

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Chicago Connection's picture

I'm not sure the north-end renovations are much of an excuse, but it'd be nice to see the Buckeyes go back drawing more than 90,000+ for their Spring Game, although that may be hard to achieve without adding some tackling (or a more recent National Championship in their back pickets). 

I also wonder if it might behoove Ohio State to take a creative lead by providing some sort of value-added entertainment, whether before or after the game? I'm not sure what--musicians, comedians, fun student events, etc. ()I'll leave that up to the excerpts to decide and program)--but there's already a big captive audience, and it might help to add something extra to the equation to ensure a full house.

Yeah, I know football is the first focus, and it should remain so, but when the scoreboard doesn't really count and nobody's even being hit on the field, well, it just seems like it might be time to get a little creative. Otherwise, the whole spectacle starts to look like jr. level version of the NFL Pro Bowl, which not only has become a silly exhibition (where no excellence is exhibited), but it's virtually unwatchable.

Consequently, fewer and fewer people are watching it. The same not only goes for the Buckeye's big Spring Game, but also Alabama's and all sorts of top programs around the country. I DON'T think that's a mere coincidence, especially when people have so many other entertainment options.

However, I'm guessing some smart school will turn this trend into an opportunity, and it'd be a shame if the Buckeyes didn't take the lead. 

Fact is, big crowds can have a big impact on recruits, kinda like, "geez, if this is what a Spring Game is like, just imagine playing here during the season." It's a legit recruiting point, too--i.e., not just the Spring Game itself, per se, but more importantly, being able to say, "look, there's no better fan base in America, and that's gong to translate to unprecedented support after you graduate, job prospects, and so on." 
 

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Max's picture

Was not the main attraction, but fun the last couple of years with the push up competitions, 40 yd sprints, and that time the alumni QBs came and did a longest heave demo. Not sure if that happened this year (had family obligations).
You might get a local band or two outside after, but I think they want ppl out of the Shoe asap to get it cleaned up and locked down.

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