Ohio Stadium

Ohio Stadium Photo Gallery

A collection of photos from different locations in Ohio Stadium showing the greatness of Ohio Stadium.
Celebrating its 78th year as the home of the Buckeyes. Dedicated in 1922, Ohio Stadium's horseshoe shaped configuration makes it one of college football's most recognizable landmarks.

Over the years, more than 30 million fans have filed into "the Horseshoe" to see the Buckeyes play. In 1993, Ohio State drew 558,683, setting an OSU single season record for six home games. In 1991, Ohio State set a single season record for seven home games (654,500). The all-time single game attendance record was set in 1995 when the Buckeyes hosted Notre Dame, drawing a crowd of 95,537 to "The Horseshoe".

Built at a cost of slightly more than $1 million and funded largely through private donors, Ohio Stadium had an original seating capacity of 66,210. Skeptics doubted that it would ever be filled, but those fears were dispelled on Oct. 21, 1922, when an overflow crowd of 71,385 attended the dedication game against Michigan.

Inevitable, expansion followed. With the addition of field and box seats, and later south stands, the capacity of Ohio Stadium now stands at 89,841, making the giant horseshoe the fourth largest facility in college football. The latest addition was approximately 5,000 seats in the south stands, added prior to the 1991 season.

Various surfaces have been used to cover the Ohio Stadium floor. Between 1922 and 1970, a surface of natural grass adorned the stadium floor. In 1971, thank to the generosity of former OSU player Lou Fischer, Astro Turf was installed. In 1979, a second artificial carpet, this time Super Turf, was put down. Prior to the 1990 season, natural grass called Prescription Athletic Turf (PAT), the current surface, was installed.

In 1984, a state-of-the-art scoreboard was installed in the south end of the stadium. The cost of the new electronic message center, which conforms to the architecture of the stadium, was $2.6 million, more than double the original cost of the stadium.

In addition to Ohio State football, Ohio Stadium has also served as host for Ohio High School State Football Playoffs and, for a brief period, was home of the World League of American Football's Ohio Glory. The venue has played host to such musical acts as The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, U2, Elton John, Billy Joel, Genesis, and George Strait for concerts, generating additional revenues for the university. Now in it seventh decade, Ohio Stadium, nestled on the banks of the Olentangy River, truly is synonymous with college football.

Ohio Stadium Quick Facts

Renovations to Ohio Stadium

This is Athletic Director Andy Geiger's pet project - the expansion and modernization of Ohio Stadium at an estimated $150 million. Work is to begin in May 1998 with a three month utilities relocation project. Actual construction will begin in December 1998 following the football season and will continue until the beginning of the 2001 football season. Football games will be played in the stadium during that period, but other stadium events may be moved due to construction. Here is some information about the project.

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