More than 80,000 Buckeye fans flocked to The Shoe for Urban Meyer's first spring game in 2012 and after a year away in 2013, each season since has been a spectacle of sun and football fun for Ohio State faithful young and old.
Last season, one may have thought the annual Scarlet and Gray matchup would have reached its apex attracting a national record 99,391. However, that is NOT the case...
"There's nothing like performing in front of 100,000 people."
Head coach Urban Meyer's statement during his press conference Monday appealed to the Best Fans in the Land for a repeat performance in 2016. And so far -- with more than 70,000 presale tickets sold -- signs point to the potential of the first six-figure spring game attendance in college football history!
Still haven't purchased your tickets? Buy them here for $5 at http://go.osu.edu/SpringGameTix16.
Rivals Up for Showdown in the Shoe
For the eighth time since 2008, Spring Game Saturday will feature a Buckeye doubleheader with the Ohio State men's lacrosse team hosting The Showdown in the Shoe. For the second time, the Scarlet and Gray welcomes its rival from that state up north for the Showdown. Ohio State looks to win its fifth-consecutive meeting with the Wolverines.
The match begins at 11 a.m. and will be televised live on BTN/BTN2go. Tickets for the spring game allow admittance from both the lacrosse and football events at the $5 cost: http://go.osu.edu/SpringGameTix16.
Halftime Goes Full-time
With only six starters returning from the 2015 Fiesta Bowl Championship football squad, there will be plenty of competition taking place during quarter Nos. 1-4. However, perhaps the real action will heat up at halftime with a full slate of skills challenges.
In addition to the fastest student race returning for another season, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones will be paired up with select students for a second edition of the QB Challenge. To cap off the fun, some former Buckeye big men -- Kirk Barton, Bobby Carpenter, Jim Cordle, Jack Mewhort and Anthony Schlegel -- will step out of their comfort zones and have a go at catching punts.
Jersey Giveaway -- HOLD ON TO YOUR TICKET STUBS!
Throughout the game Saturday, autographed jerseys from players on the 2014-15 Buckeye teams will be given away to several lucky fans. How can you win? The only qualification is to be present ... and to hold on to your ticket stub. So have fun Saturday and keep your ticket handy!
Fans will be able to take their pictures with the 2015 Fiesta Bowl Trophy and the 2014 College Football Playoff National Championship trophy at the game Saturday. Location of the trophies will be near Gate 15. Please plan to take your own photo.
Clap, Clap, Clap for our Champs, Champs, Champs
A bevy of Buckeye championship teams and individuals will be recognized throughout breaks in the action Saturday, including national champions from pistol, wrestling, synchronized swimming, men's swimming and fencing. Conference champions also will be honored from men's soccer, men's gymnastics, men's volleyball, swimming, wrestling and men's track and field.
Just like a true fall Saturday, Buckeye Gameday Fan Fest will be in full force in the grass areas south of St. John Arena. Gates will open at 10 a.m. with a live broadcast from 97.1 FM The Fan entertaining guests while two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin will be on hand signing autographs, courtesy of the Nissan Heisman House. In addition, be on the lookout for free food giveaways.
Still hungry for top-level competition? One need not look far. Just inside the doors of St. John Arena, Ohio State is playing host to the 2016 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships. The Buckeyes are seeded third in the field and have a shot at defending home turf and claiming the crown. Tickets: http://go.osu.edu/2016NCAAGym
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