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Ohio State spring game ticket plan still uncertain
Ohio State had to cancel the spring game last year. And while the Buckeyes are hopeful they can have one this season, fans still may not be able to see the Buckeyes until this fall.
The annual spring game still hasn’t been officially scheduled, although the goal for the program was to play it on April 17. If the spring game does happen, it won’t be a ticketed event for fans. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith does have an idea on how the Buckeyes could bring some fans into the Horseshoe for the first time since 2019.
“My hope is we would have an opportunity to develop a strategy to recognize our front line people, our nurses, our doctors, our custodians, our bus drivers and all of those people who made so many sacrifices for us for a long time now,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said on a media call. “That would be my hope that we could come up with a strategy to recognize them and invite them to the spring game.”
The plan for a potential spring game is still up in the air for the football program. And with that, the ticketing and admission is still uncertain, as well.
Buckeyes drop second straight game
Ohio State knew the rematch with Michigan State wasn’t going to be like the first matchup.
After handling the Spartans earlier in the season, the Buckeyes were not going to have an easy night Thursday at Michigan State. And without senior leader Kyle Young, that challenge became even tougher. It proved too much to overcome inside the Breslin Center, as the No. 4 Buckeyes were upset on the road 71-67.
In a chippy game that featured plenty of whistles from the officials, 42 total fouls between the two teams and angry coaches throughout due to officiating, the Buckeyes (18-6, 12-6 Big Ten) were unable to overcome the loss of Young, who missed the game with a concussion, faltering down the stretch against a Michigan State team that seems to be playing its best basketball of the season.
The Buckeyes dropped their second-straight game after losing Sunday to Michigan, and the loss to the Spartans is the Buckeyes first road loss in conference since Jan. 3. Lettermen Row is breaking down Three Points from the tough Buckeyes loss to Michigan State here.
Ohio State announces changes to season ticket plans
Ohio State hasn’t had a full Ohio Stadium since the 2019 season, before the pandemic wiped out ticket sales and full venues during the 2020 season. The Buckeyes certainly want that full stadium back in a post-pandemic world. But the policies and plans surrounding season tickets and other ticket sales will look different in the next couple of years.
Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward broke down what the policies and plans look like. And part of that can be found here:
Ohio State wants a full Horseshoe.
The athletic department also needs to raise more money.
Finding the ideal solution to balance those two objectives has been nearly a decade in the making for the Buckeyes. But now they believe they’ve found one with an overhaul to the season-ticket pricing that will be formally voted on Thursday by the Board of Trustees: Per-seat Contributions are coming to the Horseshoe starting with the 2022 football season.
For a full breakdown of what that means for season-ticket holders and fans who don’t have season tickets, click here.
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