Gene Smith Says Ohio State Expects All Sporting Venues Across All Sports to Be At Capacity This Season

By Kevin Harrish on July 8, 2021 at 1:19 pm
The Schott Will be at capacity, too.

It won't just be the 'Shoe that's full this year.

On Monday, athletic director Gene Smith said Ohio State is planning for a full Ohio Stadium complete with tailgating in the parking lots this season – a return to normal after COVID-19 restrictions forced an empty stadium last year.

But he took it a step further on Thursday, announcing that Ohio State plans to be at capacity for all of its athletic venues across all sports – indoor and outdoor.

“We look forward to being at capacity in all of our venues this upcoming season,” Smith said. “As long as the trends with Covid 19 and the variants keep moving in a positive direction and we don’t see any spikes, we’re hopeful we can get back to where we were prior to last year. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated if you have not already done so.”

The announcement came as part of the 2021-22 men's basketball seasons ticket information, as those tickets will go on sale on July 21.

That means when Ohio State basketball season tips off on Nov. 9 against Akron, it will be in front of a crowd of fans for the first time in over a year and a half. Perhaps more importantly, however, it will allow the Buckeyes to have a packed house when they host Duke as part of the ACC/Big Ten Showdown and Mike Krzyzewski's final season with the Blue Devils.

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