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Ohio Stadium



Nestled snugly on the banks of the Olentangy River, stately Ohio Stadium is one of the most recognizable landmarks in all of college athletics.

Ohio Stadium is one of the most recognizable landmarks in all of sports. Built in 1922 at a cost of $1.3 million and refurbished in 2001 for slightly more than $194 million, the horseshoe-shaped stadium is a monument to college football. As part of the renovation, the once portable South Stands became a permanent fixture.

With its present seating capacity of 102,329, Ohio Stadium is the fourth largest on-campus facility in the nation. Since the opening game against Ohio Wesleyan on Oct. 7, 1922, more than 36 million fans have streamed through the stadium’s portals.

Attending games in Ohio Stadium has become a Saturday afternoon ritual for Ohio State fans, who flock to the parking lots early to enjoy the gala atmosphere and pageantry that surrounds each and every game.

Unique in its double-deck horseshoe design, Ohio Stadium is both intimate and intimidating. The closeness of the seating provides a definite home-field advantage for the Buckeyes, at the same time allowing fans to view the game from unobstructed vantage points.

Prior to the construction of Ohio Stadium, the Buckeyes played their games at Ohio Field. The demand for a new stadium came about during the “Harley Years” – 1916, ’17 and ’19, when Charles “Chic” Harley became the Buckeyes’ first three-time All-American.

With the echoes of Harley’s legendary feats ringing throughout the state, local businessmen set about the task of raising money for a new stadium. They did so quickly, raising almost all of the $1.3 million through private donations, and construction began in 1920.

Skeptics scoffed at the thought of a 66,000-seat venue, but they were quickly quieted when an overflow crowd of 71,138 showed up for the dedication game against Michigan on Oct. 21, 1922.

Ohio Stadium is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. Anyone who has seen a game in the giant horseshoe understands why. There are few experiences in athletics that are more enjoyable!

Quick Facts

Built 1922
Architect Howard Dwight Smith
Cost $1.3 million
First Game Ohio Wesleyan, Oct. 7, 1922
Dedication Game Michigan , Oct. 21, 1922
Original Capacity 66,210
Present Capacity 102,329
Largest Crowd 105,708 vs. Michigan, 2006
Artificial Turf Installed 1970
Grass Surface Installed 1990
Renovation 1999-2001
Re-dedication Akron, 2001
Stadium Circumference 2,892 ft.
Stadium Length 919 feet
Stadium Width 679 feet
Stadium Acreage 14.5 acres
Stadium Height 136 feet
Height of Press Box Roof 183 feet
Seats in “A” Deck 27,192
Seats in “AA” Deck 8,318
Seats in “B” Deck 10,718
Seats in “C” Deck 30,878
Seats in “D” Deck 2,459
Seats in 81 Hospitality Suites 1,062
Seats in South Stands 17,248