Ohio State Confirms 2013 Spring Game Headed for Queen City
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State University made it official on Friday, announcing that the football team’s 2013 Spring Game will be played down in Cincinnati instead of the usual Ohio Stadium setting.
Officials from the Ohio State Department of Athletics, Cincinnati Bengals and Hamilton County announced the game will officially be played April 13 at Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Bengals.
“When Gene called earlier this year to talk about this I was hopeful that this would come together,” said Bengals owner Mike Brown, the son of former OSU head coach Paul Brown for whom the stadium is named.
“This is a unique opportunity for local Buckeye fans to get a first look at the 2013 team.”
Ohio Stadium will be under renovation next spring, prompting the change in location to a city that conveniently happens to be a hotbed for recruiting in the state of Ohio. The Buckeyes will start a resurfacing project in seating areas of the Horseshoe next month, but most of the work will take place in the spring.
That includes stripping and replacing some of the old concrete face in the stadium that was built back in the early 1920s. This new project will complete some of the work that wasn't finished during the last round of upgrades between 1998-2001.
“I would like to thank Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown and representatives from Hamilton County for working with us to make this 2013 Ohio State spring game in Cincinnati a reality,” Gene Smith said in a statement.
“We are very appreciative to be able to bring the Buckeyes into Cincinnati and closer to our fans in the southern Ohio region.”
The change in venue will move Ohio State’s annual spring scrimmage to a city where Ohio State coach Urban Meyer spent a considerable amount of time
Before he was even a graduate assistant at Ohio State under Earle Bruce, Meyer played football for the University of Cincinnati, where graduated with a degree in psychology back in 1986.
“Cincinnati is a wonderful city full of great people,” Meyer said Friday.
“I think it is great that we are able to bring the Buckeyes into a part of the state where we haven’t been for a while, and I am looking forward to the team having the opportunity to play in Paul Brown Stadium.”
It will also be an opportunity for Meyer to showcase his football team, fresh off an undefeated season 2012, to a city that has been very hot and cold with the Buckeyes throughout the years.
Meyer hired Cincinnati football legend Kerry Coombs to be his secondary coach at Ohio State, and moving the spring game to the Queen City should only help Meyer and his staff create inroads in the area.
Ohio State and UC played at Paul Brown Stadium in front of 66,319 fans on Sept. 21, 2002, in Ohio State’s only prior appearance in the 13-year-old facility that has 114 suites and 7,600 club seats.
“We are excited to host the OSU spring game here in Hamilton County at Paul Brown Stadium,” said Commission President Greg Hartmann.
“The game will be a fun, exciting way to showcase both the Ohio State Buckeyes and our top-notch Paul Brown Stadium.”
Paul Brown Stadium opened in 2000 and in addition to being the home of the Cincinnati Bengals, has hosted several college and high school football games as well as concerts and other events.
Reserved seat tickets will go on sale at a date to be determined in 2013 and at that time will be available online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000, in person at the Athletics Ticket Office in the Schottenstein Center, or at any Ticketmaster location.
Ticket prices will be $18 for club seats, $12 for general public and $5 for ages 2 through 6.
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