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Buckeyes make switch to mobile-only tickets
Ohio State, like everyone else, is trying to adapt to a world in which the coronavirus is a threat.
The Buckeyes are adapting any way they can to help maintain safety and still allow fans into Ohio Stadium this fall when the season kicks off. One of the changes being made is with tickets. Ohio State will only use mobile tickets to enter sporting events starting this season, enabling contact-free entry to the arenas and stadiums on campus.
“We are excited to implement digital-only ticketing at our venues and believe it will help us achieve the goal of providing a safe game day experience for everyone,” Deputy Athletics Director Diana Sabau said in a statement released by the athletic department. “Digital ticketing will allow for contactless entry for fans while also providing flexibility to easily manage their tickets. It will also allow us to better respond to the dynamics surrounding COVID-19 and our increased safety precautions.”
The athletic department believes this switch will provide a safer game-day experience for fans. There will be options for fans without smart phones, and those plans will be released at a later date.
Ohio State is doing what it can to allow fans into Ohio Stadium. It might not be the normal 100,000 fans in attendance like every other year, but fans in the stands would be a good thing if it’s possible.
ICYMI: Jim Tressel joins Tim May Podcast
In case you missed it, the Tim May Podcast was back this week with another Ohio State legend and plenty of stories. For the second straight week, Tim hosted a national-title winning coach. Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel joined the show to discuss his take on return-to-play models, as well as other topics. They talked about Ohio State memories, his departure from the football program and more.
Tim was also joined by Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward for a conversation about the Woody Hayes Athletic Center opening back up in June and how the Buckeyes plan to take precaution when voluntary workouts resume in the coming few weeks.
Don’t miss it.
Can Marcus Hooker win safety job?
Marcus Hooker can’t escape his name. He will always be compared to his brother, Malik. But if Marcus Hooker can go out, win the starting job this fall and become a playmaker for the Buckeyes, he could shake the comparisons and write his own Ohio State legacy.
Can he win the job? Lettermen Row looked at the outlook of Hooker and the safety spot that’s open:
Hooker is inexperienced, but so was his brother in 2016 when he burst onto the scene and became a huge boost to the Ohio State defense. Could Marcus Hooker do the same? He has flashed plenty of potential during his two seasons with the Buckeyes.
And this spring, in the limited action the Buckeyes were able to practice, Hooker looked like a physically-changed player who added muscle. That won’t hurt his chances of earning playing time.
For the full story, click here.
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