A Look at the Other Fan-Submitted Designs for Ohio Stadium’s New Field

By Dan Hope on February 8, 2022 at 8:35 am
Fan-submitted helmet stripe end zone design

Ohio State has officially selected a design for the new turf at Ohio Stadium, and it doesn’t look too different from the design of the existing turf at Ohio Stadium.

New Ohio Stadium turf design

That shouldn’t come as much surprise. As Ohio State said in its news release unveiling the new turf design, “you don’t mess too much with change on something of such historical significance.” Ohio Stadium isn’t likely to ever have a scarlet- or gray-colored field or anything that turns its playing surface into a novelty – the Shoe carries too much tradition for that.

It’s still fun to think about what Ohio State could have done, though, had it chosen to take a more exotic route with its field redesign.

Many Ohio State fans did have fun thinking about that, as OSU received more than 1,300 entries after opening up submissions for fan-inspired design concepts in October. Eleven Warriors obtained more than 200 of those designs through a public records request that was submitted after the initial entry deadline in October, and we’ve compiled some of the most creative submissions below for your viewing pleasure.

Some fan-submitted designs took a page of the Eastern Michigan/Eastern Washington playbook with fields that were scarlet, gray or a combination of both instead of the traditional green.

Scarlet and gray field
Scarlet field
Scarlet and black
Gray field
Gray field
Gray field
Brutus Scarlet and Gray
Gray in the middle

While 46 percent of the total entries received by Ohio State featured scarlet end zones, 21 percent of fan submissions included gray end zones and 10 percent featured green end zones, while other submissions included black end zones, multi-colored end zones and even a stained glass-inspired design.

Gray end zones
Black end zones and Brutus
Green end zones
Gray end zones
Block O end zones
Black end zones
Stained glass

A total of 29 percent of fan submissions included the helmet stride in some form or fashion. Ohio State is subtly incorporating its famous helmet stripe in its new field design by placing the stripe pattern behind the goalposts in both end zones, but some fans thought the helmet stripe should be even more visible on the new field.

Helmet stripe end zones
Helmet stripe end zones
Black helmet stripe end zones
Scarlet stripe end zones
Scarlet helmet stripe
Helmet end zones
Helmet stripe end zones
Scarlet stripe end zones
Helmet stripe end zones
Helmet stripe end zones

48 percent of fan submissions included Buckeye Leaves; Ohio Stadium’s actual new field will have Buckeye Leaf decals to designate the kickoff location at the 35-yard lines, but some submitted designs featured them more prominently.

Stadium design
Buckeye Leaf sidelines
Buckeye Leaf end zones
Brutus and Buckeye Leaves

Although a majority of designs (59%) kept the Block O at the center of the 50-yard line, some fans chose less traditional centerpieces for the field, including Brutus Buckeye, Script Ohio and even Urban Meyer and Archie Griffin.

Brutus and green end zones
Brutus with green end zones
Brutus at the 50
Brutus American flag
Script Ohio 50
Ohio Against the World
Urban Meyer field
Archie Griffin

A state outline at the middle of the field was featured in 24% of fan-submitted designs.

State outline at the 50
State of Ohio shadow
State outline scarlet end zones
State outline 50

While most designs included the traditional “Ohio State” and “Buckeyes” wordmarks in the two end zones, some opted to incorporate other Ohio State phrases and trademarks, such as O-H-I-O and Our Honor Defend. Other submissions kept the traditional workmarks but opted for script letters rather than block letters.

OH-IO end zones
O-H-I-O end zones
Our Honor Defend
Our Honor Defend in black
Script end zones
Script Ohio end zones

One fan suggested repainting the sidelines each week to reflect the game week and opponent.

Week and opponent sidelines

Of course, the fan-submitted entries wouldn’t have been complete without some rivalry fun. One entrant decided to replace the end zones with an unflattering photo of Jim Harbaugh, while another submission evidently came from a Michigan fan who still isn’t over – or at least wasn’t at the time of submission – the Buckeyes’ 2016 double-overtime win.

Jim Harbaugh end zones
JT was short

If you want to see even more of the fan-submitted field designs, Ohio State tweeted some of its favorites on Sunday before revealing the actual new field on Monday.

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