Ohio State Will Pay Bowling Green $1.8 Million to Play at Ohio Stadium in 2027

By Dan Hope on August 2, 2021 at 2:57 pm
Curtis Samuel vs. Bowling Green

Ohio State will pay Bowling Green $1.8 million for the 2027 game between the two schools at Ohio Stadium.

That's $600,000 more than Ohio State was slated to pay Bowling Green for the game that was scheduled to take place between the Buckeyes and Falcons last season, but was ultimately canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new payout is in line with what the Buckeyes will pay other Group of 5 schools for non-conference games in upcoming seasons.

Ohio State's Scheduled Payouts to Non-Conference Opponents, 2021-27
Date Opponent Total Payout
Sept. 18, 2021 Tulsa $1,100,000
Sept. 25, 2021 Akron $1,800,000
Sept. 10, 2022 Arkansas State $1,800,000
Sept. 17, 2022 Toledo $1,800,000
Sept. 9, 2023 San Jose State $1,800,000
Sept. 16, 2023 Western Kentucky $1,800,000
Aug. 31, 2024 Southern Miss $1,900,000
Oct. 18, 2025 Connecticut $1,950,000
Sept. 5, 2026 Ball State $1,900,000
Sept. 4, 2027 Bowling Green $1,800,000

Ohio State's amended game contract with Bowling Green, which was obtained by Eleven Warriors on Monday in response to a public records request, also includes updated language in its force majeure clause, which now includes “epidemic, pandemic, governmental or institutional travel bans or shut-downs” among the factors that could make it impossible to play a football game for which neither school would be responsible to the other for any losses or damages.

The Sept. 4, 2027 game against Bowling Green will be Ohio State's sixth game against BGSU dating back to 1992. Every game between the two schools has been played at Ohio Stadium, and the Buckeyes have a 5-0 record in the series.

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