Best Shoe Location for a 4 Y/o

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Byaaaahhh's picture

Chances are, if people are leaving cuz it's a blowout, you can make your way to the better seats and nobody will stop you. I've only ever sat in the student section but people say C-deck is the best fun:price ratio.

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Buckeye_Condor's picture

agreed, however I would stay away from the the south end. the speakers over there wouldn't be great for a 4 year old's ears. 

unless you bring some sort of ear protection. 

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Fatpants's picture

One right next to an aisle so you don’t have to keep squeezing by people when he wants to keep getting up to walk around. 

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ohiopanda's picture

Damn beat me to it. Have an upvote

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Sloopy1976's picture

I gave you an upvote, but the real answer is firmly in your backside, smart ass! LOL

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BeaverOhioBuckeye's picture

To be honest id let him sit this one out my man. My buddy took his 4 year old weeks ago and he wasn't having it. Also that was in warmer weather its supposed to be in the 30s at kickoff.

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SCarolinaBuckeye's picture

I'm taking my 9 and 6 yo this weekend and have been telling them all week how cold it's gonna be, and that we are not leaving early b/c they're cold.  Given that they've lived all their life in the south I expect more than a few requests to leave and get warm.  I can't imagine a 4yo unless you don't plan on staying very long.

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

and that we are not leaving early b/c they're cold.

I just heard children say, "challenge accepted" somewhere in the distance... 

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EJRosencrans's picture

Maybe this week's cold snap in upstate SC will help prep them! Enjoy the game!

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SCarolinaBuckeye's picture

Every morning it’s been around 35 and I’ve told them it’s gonna be like this in Ohio, so if you don’t like it better get off the bus now.  They insist they can take it.

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SCarolinaBuckeye's picture

Thanks, GB.  Should be a blast!

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gobucks1966's picture

Other than the loud noise being by the band and cheer leaders with action going on the entire time would keep him interested and the place to be.. Remember folks he is 4 years old and will be board watching a game for 3 hours sitting someplace with old folks all around him and even 30 year old's are old to him at this time in his life. He might want to do a little dancing when the band strikes it up. I know lots of kids do that at weddings and if he does high 5 's will come his way. It will be something he will never forget. My son at 5 at the time reminds me of things when I took him to E. Lansing that I forgot about when Pepper Johnson played here and that was over 30 years ago. Good luck have a good time and don't buy him one of those horrible hot dogs they sell there. Don't forget the SKULL either that will be a nice warm up for him.

Denny

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O-H Kee Pa's picture

Very helpful. On one hand, he LOVES OSU, so he could get by on adrenaline. On the other, it’s going to be cold and he’s 4. It’s bad toss up.

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JDupler's picture

I've been taking my daughter since she was 3 (usually the early game against a crappy opponent so we could leave early but also hot as f*k), but as a 4 year old I don't think the seats really matter.  We've made the trek up to C-deck and when you get there, you need to get snacks and everything (no rules on gameday, don't tell mom)...but it's all about what your kid can handle.  If they can handle 3-4 hours, get there early, do the skull session/band/tailgate whatever, the full experience of a buckeye gameday.  If they can only hand a few hours, get there and go to the game.  You can walk around and try and find the band/cheerleaders and brutus.  Get a picture and bounce at halftime.  Dress accordingly and we only get 8 home games a year and sharing that with your child is something truly special.  Good luck.  Also there should be tickets that are being given away so that's also nice.  Good luck and Go Bucks!

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BTBuckeye's picture

Maybe take him to the Oh Kee Pa Ceremony before the game too (skull session). Enjoy phanner!

I have a 4 year old as well and I don't think he has the attention span for a game yet. Next year will probably be his 1st game. 
 

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BuxLax's picture

It won't matter. 4 YO's are squirmy and you'll be watching them more than the game. The over/under is 2.5 quarters. Not making a judgment about your child but rather based on observed experience.

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I_Run_The_Dave's picture

I've taken my 3 year old to a game this year and one last year.  Only because the tickets were free from Vet Tix... wouldn't pay anywhere near full price for them for a 3 year old.

That being said, C deck is fine, try to be on/near the aisle and not to high and away from the concourse.  Kids want to get up and run around a lot (short attention span).  My son loves watching the games at home but has zero interest in watching it at the actual game.  Of course, YMMV based on your kid, but be prepared to not get to watch much of the game unless your S/O is there to take him when he wants to get up.

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KCAlum's picture

There is a huge difference between seeing a game on a 60 in screen 10 feet away from you from  multiple angles with graphics and constantly changing views, to watching a game 200 feet away from you where the players are comparitavley the size of army men.  Add the temperature in and I don't think you will have a good experience taking a 4 year old to the game.  Taking a 7 year old which is how old my son was when I took him to his first game was bad enough, lifting him up so he could see, quelling his boredom during the lengthy commercial delays etc.  I second the guy who says skip it.  Get tickets to the opening game next year against Bowling Green, decent seats will be easier to come by, and the temperature will not be 35 degrees. 

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O-H Kee Pa's picture

Logically, everything is telling me this will be a colossal waste of money. My heart, though, is telling me to do it. This could be my family’s last Fall in Columbus, and not sure I want to pass up that moment with my son (granted, Cbus will always be a plane ride away, but still...).

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Gratefulbuck's picture

Then do it. Never too early to go to a show game. 

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Fatpants's picture

My advice would be to just look at it as an experience to have with your son and go with the flow. Don’t get upset or force him to stay if he wants to leave after one quarter. 
 

You want the experience to be positive. You don’t want him to remember it as him being bored to tears while Dad talked about spending $whatever on tickets so you’re not leaving, etc. 

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Geraffi's picture

Was going to say the same thing, enjoy watching your son as he takes it all in. 
 

Two more  very important suggestions from experience:

First, take a few trips to the concession stand throughout the game and buy some treats for your son. The walk to the concession stand gives him a break, and a special snack back at the seat will pass some time. Soft pretzels, cotton candy, or a cup of hot chocolate will keep him occupied when he starts to get restless. 
 

Also, if at all possible, get seats in the first row of a section so your little Buckeye can see!  It’s really boring when your stuck in a canyon of tall people and can’t see what’s going on around you. The alternative is holding him up for the entire game.  Being in the front row also gives the feeling of more space (although it might feel colder).
 

Good luck and enjoy the game!  Let us know how it goes!

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I&#039;m Ron Burgundy's picture

Going to be on campus this weekend with my family, including my 7 year old. He's become a huge OSU fan this year, but even with that I decided against going into the game with him.  It just seems like it wouldn't go too well. Given the temperatures, the crammed bench seating, and all the above everyone has mentioned. Taking my 5 year old (or a 4 year old) in this case, sounds like a disaster to me, but we all have different kids.  Maybe yours is the exception. Best of luck if you give it a shot. I would try to seek out seats that have some sort of rail/divider in front to the next section/row.  Or there are some spots where there are like only 4 seats butting up against a tunnel to your side.  Need to find somewhere that gives you just a little extra space for the kid to wiggle around in.  Or aisle seats at a minimum for additional trips to the bathroom and concessions.

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NorthBerg's picture

Buster Brown or Poll Parrot shoe stores?

Too much time spent at the North Heidelberg rather than the classroom. SSD 68-72

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Buck298's picture

Ha, you beat me to it!

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

I concur with C Deck.  Didn't go to my first game until I was 6 - we stayed until the end.  We were in C deck, fist row.  I could look between the bars of the safety railing.  From C deck you can see the entire field. Easy to explain the game to the lad.  I would avoid B Deck (pillars) and A Deck (too low of an angle if you don't know what to watch). 

Things I remember the most: walking up/down the ramps to C Deck, the urinal troughs (why did they get rid of those?), the smell of Swisher Sweets (can't smoke in the Shoe anymore), getting my first program and memorizing the starting line-up, watching Archie Griffin run, and see TBDBITL play music from Tommy.

Not sure I would've made it at age 4.  Took our boy to a Jags game in Jacksonville when he was that age (tickets were free) and he lasted about one half. 

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NorthPoleBuckeye's picture

I was going to suggest somewhere where you can get a no name brand of shoes, 4 year old kids are hard on shoes and outgrow them quickly. 

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TobyMagic's picture

Guy up there already beat me, my stride right joke was fire tho

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blackblockO's picture

We are in 16aa. If you come down just after half there are plenty of seats avail. Try to plant yourself around 16 and 14. Right outside that gate is a family bathroom lol. You will be right at the 10 yard line. Some of the things you can see and hear down there are downright amazing. The look on Paris Campbell's face as he raced by us against meatchicken last year. Got to watch Don Brown tear up his clipboard. You are close enough to hear the ball hit their hands.

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MOROSE's picture

Take a rolled up small sleeping bag and put him in it when he gets cold,

David

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SCarolinaBuckeye's picture

Good suggestion.  I imagine they will let you in with that, but can anyone confirm they have been able to do that?

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LoudBuckeyeGirl's picture

I’ve taken in a blanket to sit on and/or wrap up in.  You will need to unroll it enough so they can pat it down to make sure you haven’t concealed anythingy.  Also, if you have a bag small enough to fold up and put in a pocket, you can get that through security going in and it makes taking everything home easier.  Like one of those flat folding grocery bags that will fit in your cargo pants.   

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SCarolinaBuckeye's picture

Got ahold of event management at OSU and they said no sleeping bags.  Too bad.

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kaiser's picture

B-Box or D-Box, if you can find seats.  Each section is two rows of “club style” individual stadium seats. No bleachers. More room for kids who need to move.  Less time on your lap because they won’t be crowded out by a neighbor.  Be very careful if you try to buy B-Box or D -Box from stubhub — stubhub does not catch mislabeled B-Deck and D-Deck, so remember there are only two rows.

pro-tip — if you call ahead and ask, the answer is always NO.  If you don’t take a sleeping bag, go to a thrift store and buy an extra large winter coat.  Wear it over your coat until you get to your seat, then stuff the kid into one one of the adult coats.

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