Ohio State University, Ohio Stadium / St. John's Arena - Columbus, Ohio
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Ohio Stadium - Opened in 1922 and is still in use. Location - 411 Woody Hayes Drive Columbus, Ohio

St. John's Arena - Opened in 1956 and is still in use. Location - 410 Woody Hayes Drive Columbus, Ohio. Directly north of Ohio Stadium.

Welcome to Ohio stadium on the banks of the Olentangy River. Legendary home to the Ohio State Buckeyes football team. Ohio Stadium is arguably one of the most famous football venues in the United States. The fabled horse shoe shape has been at the same location since it was built in 1922. Cost of the original construction was a then whopping 1.3 million dollars. In 2001, Ohio stadium underwent a major renovation. Total cost for the project was around 194 million, quite a jump in price since 1922.

Known as the horseshoe or just simply the shoe, Ohio stadium is located at 411 Woody Hayes Drive in Columbus. The Buckeyes have enjoyed a home field advantage ever since the stadium opened. Ohio field at High Street and Woodruff Ave, couldn't handle the crowds for Buckeye football, so the University built Ohio stadium. On October 7, 1922, Ohio State hosted Ohio Weslyean University for the first ever football game. Prior to the start of the 2007 season, Ohio State had a string of 34 straight games of 100,000 in attendance.

In 1970, grass was replaced with the plastic stuff, Astroturf. In 1979, the Astroturf was replaced with superturf. Another change happened in 1990 when REAL grass came back to Ohio stadium. After major damage to the field in the spring of 2006, the field had to be resodded. Unfortunately due to bad weather, the sod never took. So OSU decided to lay down the new Field Turf prior to the 2007 season.

The biggest arch rival of Ohio State is the University of Michigan. Just about every year these two schools are battling for the big 10 title and a trip to the Rose Bowl. Ohio Stadium saw the largest crowd ever on November 18, 2006. Again, it was against Michigan.

Ohio Stadium is a college football fan's heaven. There is nothing like seeing the Ohio State marching band on the field and the sousaphone player dotting the I for "Script Ohio." Opposing teams aren't real thrilled at having 100,000 plus rabid Buckeye fans screaming at them either. Just about everyone in attendance is decked out in scarlet and gray, the schools colors.

Ohio Stadium was home at one time for the Columbus Crew of the MLS. They used the horseshoe from 1996 thru 1999. After the 1999 season, they moved into their own Columbus Crew stadium.

Ohio Stadium has witnessed seven heisman trophy winners. Well, actually 6 different ones, as Archie Griffin won it twice. Les Horvath won the trophy in 1944, followed by Vic Janowicz in 1950, Howard "Hopalong" Cassady in 1955, Archie Griffin in 1974 and 1975, Eddie George in 1995 and Troy Smith in 2006. Being in the big 10, the Buckeyes have played host to a ton of great college football players. The sidelines were patrolled by legendary head coach Woody Hayes for 27 years.

The Buckeyes have retired seven numbers. Starting with 45 worn by double heisman winner Archie Griffin, the 31 of Vic Janowicz, Howard Cassady and his number 40, the number 22 worn by Les Horvath, Eddie George's number 27, Charles Harley and number 47 and finally the number 99 worn by Bill Willis.

Across the street from Ohio Stadium sits the old arena for men's basketball, St. John's arena. Built in 1956, the arena was home to both men's and women's basketball thru the 1997-1998 seasons. Both teams moved into the brand new Schottenstein Center at the beginning of the 1998-1999 season. St. John is still in use today. It is home to both men's and women's volleyball, gymnastics and wrestling.

Ohio State basketball has also seen its share of glory. In 1960, the Buckeyes won the NCAA men's basketball title. Legendary NBA players such as Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek have played for the Buckeyes. One other player who was a hoopster made his mark in baseball instead. Frank "Hondo" Howard was an all-American at OSU in 1957 and again in 1958. He went on to play pro baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Senators, among other teams.

Head out to Columbus and walk the campus. Stroll by the horseshoe on the banks of the Olentangy. Walk into the rotunda and gaze out at the field. Close your eyes and you can see Archie Griffin running right, or left, and Rex Kern throwing the ball down field. It is what college football is all about.
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Welcome to the horseshoe on the campus of Ohio State University. 9/91


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Map showing the Ohio State campus. Photo from internet.


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Inside the rotunda at the north end zone. 1/96


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Ohio stadium from Woody Hayes Drive. 9/91


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The west stands. You can see the Scarlet O on the elevator that leads to the pressbox. 9/91


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Under the stands at Ohio stadium. 9/91


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Ohio stadium seating, bench style. The O is visible on the pillars to the left. 9/91


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The walkway in the upper deck. The red buildings in the middle are concession stands. 50,000 people getting a hot dog all at once! 9/91


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Even the inside of the stadium is painted in scarlet and grey, the buckeyes colors. 9/91


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Field level looking south. 9/91


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At the top of the horseshoe. 9/91


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One last look at the horseshoe on a hot humid September day. 9/91


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Basically the same shot, only this time on a frigid snowy January day. 1/96


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The new scoreboard at the south end zone. 1/96


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Another view of the stands in winter. 1/96


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One last snowy look at the horseshoe. How many greats have run on this field. To the right, you can see the old pressbox before renovation. 1/96


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