Ohio State Will Pay Kent State $1.9 Million to Play at Ohio Stadium in 2026

By Dan Hope on May 2, 2022 at 4:17 pm
Kent State strength coach Jeff Sobol celebrates
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Ohio State will pay Kent State $1.9 million to play at Ohio Stadium in 2026.

Per the game contract, which was provided to Eleven Warriors on Monday in response to a public records request, Ohio State will pay Kent State $1.9 million to come to Ohio Stadium for a game between the Buckeyes and Golden Flashes on Sept. 19, 2026.

The payout is in line with what Ohio State will play other non-conference opponents to play at Ohio State in upcoming seasons. While Youngstown State – a Football Championship Subdivision school – will only receive $800,000 to play the Buckeyes at the Shoe in 2023, each of the Buckeyes’ scheduled upcoming Group of 5 opponents will receive close to $2 million to make the trip to the Shoe.

Ohio State's Scheduled Payouts to Non-Conference Opponents, 2022-27
Date Opponent Total Payout
Sept. 10, 2022 Arkansas State $1,800,000
Sept. 17, 2022 Toledo $1,800,000
Sept. 9, 2023 Youngstown State $800,000
Sept. 16, 2023 Western Kentucky $1,800,000
Aug. 31, 2024 Southern Miss $1,900,000
Sept. 21, 2024 Western Michigan $1,800,000
Oct. 18, 2025 Connecticut $1,950,000
Sept. 5, 2026 Ball State $1,900,000
Sept. 19, 2026 Kent State $1,900,000
Sept. 4, 2027 Bowling Green $1,800,000
Sept. 2, 2028 Buffalo $1,900,000

Ohio State is also scheduled to play home-and-home non-conference series against Notre Dame (2022-23), Washington (2024-25), Texas (2025-26), Alabama (2027-28), Georgia (2030-31) and Oregon (2032-33); for each of those games, however, each school will make an equal payment to the other in the year that it hosts a home game, or no payouts will be made.

The full contract for the Ohio State-Kent State game can be found below.

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