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Ohio Stadium
411 Woody Hayes Dr
Columbus, OH 43210


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Undeniably one of the most recognizable landmarks in all of athletics, Ohio Stadium is now in its 80th year as the home of Ohio State football.

Built in 1922, “The Horseshoe” has just undergone an extensive three-year renovation, preservation and expansion project that will ensure its longevity for years to come.

With 101,568 seats now closely surrounding the playing field, this grand old structure, standing tall along the banks of the Olentangy River, is at the same time both intimate and intimidating.

OSU Stadium

Unique in design with its double-decked horseshoe look, Ohio Stadium is listed in the National Registry of Historic Buildings. And for the more than 34 million fans that have passed through its gates, there is nothing like a Saturday afternoon in Columbus with all the pageantry and fanfare that surrounds every Ohio State game. That is why year-in and year-out, the Buckeyes rank among the national attendance leaders.

As a result of the recent renovation, there are a number of changes, including all new bench seats in the upper half of “A” Deck and all of “B” Deck. The three rows of Hospitality Suites and the Press Box on the west side are new, as are the 19 rows of seats on the northwest corner of “C” Deck. Additionally, the concourses have been widened in both “B” and “C” Decks, and the numbers of restrooms and concession stands on both levels have increased dramatically.

Earlier changes were equally striking, beginning with the lowering of the actual field 14’6” at the completion of the 1999 season. By the following fall, a new scoreboard and a permanent South Stands were in place. So, too, were the completely new “AA” Deck and 19 new rows of seats on the east side of “C” Deck.

It was truly an amazing 12 months of dedication by the more than 750 construction workers involved in the project. Their tireless work and pride helped make Phase II (the second year) a reality.

The total cost of the renovation project is $194 million. Nearly 80 percent of that figure will be covered by the sale of the 81 Hospitality Suites and the 2,500 Club Seats on the west side of the stadium. Naming Rights gifts and revenue generated from increased ticket sales and concession income will cover the remaining 20 percent. No tax dollars or state or university money was used.

With an original capacity of 66,210, skeptics doubted the $1.3 million structure would ever be filled. But they were quickly quieted when an overflow crowd of 71,385 showed up for the dedication game against Michigan Oct. 21, 1922.

From that impressive beginning, Ohio State has gone on to lead the nation in attendance 20 times. In 2001, the Buckeyes averaged a school record 103,432 fans in six home games, including a then record 104,407 in the game against Illinois.

Of course, all of those records could change this year. Ohio Stadium – 80 years old and looking better all the time!

Ohio Stadium Quick Facts
Built 1922
First Game Ohio Wesleyan, Oct. 7, 1922
Dedication Michigan (10-21-22)
Cost $1,341,000
Original Capacity 66,210
Present Capacity 101,568
Largest Crowd 105,539 vs. Michigan (11-23-02)
Highest Season Avg. 103,532 (2001)
Total Attendance since 1922 34,336,562
OSU’s All-Time Record 334-101-20
First Artificial Turf 1971
PAT Installed 1990
Designed by architect Howard Dwight Smith in the summer of 1918, the double-deck horseshoe-shaped Ohio Stadium was added to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service on March 22, 1974.


Ohio Stadium Facts Sheet
 Existingvs.Renovated
Total sq. ft. of A concourse399,978 sq. ft. 536,850 sq. ft.
Stadium Circumference2,562 ft. 2,892 ft.
Length of stadium704 ft. 919 ft.
Width of stadium596 ft. 6 in. 679 ft.
Sq. ft of ground stadium was built on419,936 sq. ft. 624,001 sq. ft.
Number of acres9.8 acres 14.5 acres
Note: Stadium field was lowered 14 ft. 6 in.
Acres of playing surface (sports turf)1.4 acres 1.6 acres
Height of speaker cluster (from grade level)106 ft. 10 in. 180 ft. 4 in.
Height of speaker cluster (from field level)106 ft. 10 in. 194 ft. 10 in.
Height of scoreboard (from grade level)106 ft. 10 in. 147 ft.
Height of scoreboard (from field level)106 ft. 10 in. 161 ft. 6 in.
Width of scoreboard106 ft. 158 ft. 2 in.
Height of scoreboard44 ft. 7 in. 42ft.
Height of video screen25 ft. 30 ft.
Width of video screen37 ft. 90 ft.
Height of stadium outbuild (from grade level east and west)98 ft. 3 in. 136 ft. 7 in.
Height of press box roof (from grade level)118 ft. 10 in. 168 ft. 10 in.
Height of press box roof (from field level)118 ft. 10 in. 183 ft. 4 in.
Height of flagpole (from grade level)131 ft. 6 in. 146 ft.
Total flagpole height147 ft. 6 in. 162 ft. (16 ft. in ground)
Number of men’s fixtures186 437 (135% increase)
Number of women’s fixtures91 723 (695% increase)
Family restrooms0 24
Concessions (Points of Sale)80 194 (143% increase)
Suites0 81

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