Meyer Invites Students, Faculty to Saturday’s Practice
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 2012 Ohio State football team will hit the field at Ohio Stadium for the first time under new head coach Urban Meyer this Saturday.
Photo by Jim Davidson
It is one week before the Buckeyes play their annual spring game at the Horseshoe to conclude spring practice, but Meyer apparently wants to get the party started early.
In anticipation of what Ohio State is hoping will be an NCAA record-crowd for Meyer’s first spring game in Columbus on April 21, the Buckeye football program is inviting OSU students, faculty and staff members to the team’s Saturday, April 14 practice at Ohio Stadium.
The doors to the 106,000-seat stadium will open at 9:30 a.m. this Saturday, with practice beginning around 10:45 a.m. Individuals must have a valid BuckID card to gain access into the stadium (one faculty and staff BuckID can get a family into the stadium).
It will be an especially exciting day for Ohio State students, who are invited down onto the field at Ohio Stadium following the conclusion of practice—at approximately 12:45 p.m.
Students are instructed to access the field at the north end of the stadium (through sections 3AA, 5AA, 7AA, 4AA, 6AA and 8AA) at the end of practice.
Music will fill the stadium and students will be able to mingle on the field with the Ohio State players and coaches before posing with the players for a group photo at approximately 1:05 p.m.
The photo will be taken from “C” deck. Afterward, those with a valid student BuckID card will be provided the unique experience of touring the Buckeyes’ team locker room. They will also get a chance to visit the press box, which overlooks “the House That Harley Built” from high atop the west side of Ohio Stadium.
Participating students will also get the chance to see what it feels like to sit down in AA deck, where tickets can go for hundreds or even thousands of dollars when the Buckeyes host big games in Columbus.
All lots will be available for those students, faculty and staff who drive to the stadium. Several concessions stands will be open. Gates 15, 23, 31, 16, 20, 32, Huntington Club entrance and North Rotunda will open at 9:30 a.m. for entry into Ohio Stadium.
For those who do not have an active BuckID, the Buckeyes will be back inside Ohio Stadium just one week from Saturday’s open practice when they hold their annual Scarlet and Gray scrimmage.
Meyer is looking to create a game-like experience for the spring game, and expects to hold a draft sometime next week in order to split his team into separate squads.
Tickets for the 2012 Ohio State LiFE Sports Spring Game are $7 each in advance and $15 on game day (cash only). They are also good for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse “Showdown in the ‘Shoe” vs. Air Force at 11 a.m.
Tickets are available online through OhioStateBuckeyes.com, charge by phone at 1-800- 745-3000, in person at the Athletics Ticket Office in the Schottenstein Center, at any Ticketmaster location or at central Ohio Donato’s restaurants.
Ohio State students (with BuckID) and children 6 and under will be admitted free of charge.
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