Ohio State announced that it will drop ticket prices for non-conference games against Hawaii and Western Michigan while designating two premier games as part of a "variable pricing model" for football tickets next season.
“We have the best fans in the land,” said Gene Smith, the athletic director, in a released statement Saturday morning. “We led the nation in attendance last year and would like to continue to hold that position. Considering the great fans we have, it is the perfect season to thank our fans by implementing this model now.”
Tickets to watch the Buckeyes, the defending national champions, play Hawaii (Sept. 12) and Western Michigan (Sept. 26) will be priced at $65 compared to the school's current standard of $79 a game. Tickets to watch premier games against Michigan State and Penn State will be $150 and $125, respectively.
All other games (Northern Illinois, Maryland and Minnesota) will be $79, the school's standard rate for ticket prices. Student ticket prices will remain at $34 per game.