Saturday's Ohio State spring game will now kick off two hours earlier than originally planned.
After waiting until Friday morning to make a final decision on the status of the game due to forecasted inclement weather, Ohio State's spring game will still be played at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, but at an earlier kickoff time of 11:45 a.m. instead of the originally scheduled time of 1:45 p.m.
The Ohio Stadium gates will open at 10 a.m. Saturday. Parking lots will open at 6 a.m. The game will still be broadcast live on BTN.
While the weather forecast for Saturday called for a chance of thunderstorms all day as of Thursday, the forecast had improved as of Friday morning, clearing the way for the Buckeyes to play the game. Although the weather.com forecast still calls for rain all morning and afternoon, the forecast no longer calls for thunderstorms – which would have threatened the Buckeyes' ability to play the game because of lightning – during the window in which the game will be played.
Ohio State is expected to draw another large crowd to Ohio Stadium for Saturday's spring game, having sold out its full allotment of tickets. With about 18,000 seats unavailable for Saturday's game because of construction in Ohio Stadium, approximately 79,000 tickets have been distributed.
Saturday's spring game was originally scheduled to be preceded by Ohio State's men's lacrosse game against Michigan. That lacrosse game, however, will now be played at 7 p.m. Friday. Spring game tickets will still be valid for entry into Friday's lacrosse game.