OHIO STATE (Ohio Stadium)
GAME DAY: November 1, 2014
- OPPONENT: Illinois
- SCORE: Buckeyes 55, Illini 14
- CAPACITY/ATTENDANCE: 104,851/106,961
- THE TRIP: My daughter Grace and I visited Ohio to watch this game as well as a Cincinnati Bengals/Jacksonville Jaguars matchup the following day. We started in Cleveland where we took in the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, then drove to Canton to see the Pro Football Hall of Fame, before driving to Columbus to see the Buckeyes.
- IMPRESSIONS: Having attended so many pro football and big-time SEC college football games, I'm used to high volumes. We were shocked at how quiet the Buckeye crowd was during the game. Granted, it was very cold (below freezing with the wind chill) and the opponent was Illinois (as opposed to Michigan), but the fans, although attentive, just didn't make much noise, even on third downs, early in the game, etc.
- WE LOVED: The stadium, which is the most beautiful I've ever seen. Aside from its massive size (third largest in the US as of 2014), the horseshoe structure of the stadium is stunning when seen from inside. Also loved that they play almost no loud music during timeouts and between plays. All you can hear is the crowd and the band. The town of Columbus was vibrant. Everyone was polite and helpful. It was a joy to see a game there, a place so steeped in history and tradition. The Ohio State band is second only to Texas A&M's in my opinion.
- TRAVEL TIP: If you have time visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, less than 2 hours away by car. Good and reasonably priced accomodations can be found at the Jeffersonville Hampton Inn (about 40 miles west of Columbus), which sits adjacent to a large outlet mall if you enjoy shopping.