ohio stadium

The popular Ohio Stadium is also known as the “Horseshoe”, “The Shoe”, and “The House That Harley Built” due to a couple of reasons. It is an American football stadium located in Columbus, Ohio, on the campus of the Ohio State University. Furthermore serving as the site for the university’s Spring Commencement ceremonies every May.

The primary purpose of the Ohio Stadium is to be the home of the Ohio State Buckeyes Football Team. At a point from 1996 to 1998, the stadium was also the home venue for the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer.

The Ohio Stadium is the third-largest North American stadium by capacity (104,944 seats). This amount of capacity took lots of work and was increased gradually since 1922 when it was merely at 66,210 seats.

It has been almost a decade since the opening of Ohio Stadium. This facility held its first game against Ohio Wesleyan University on October 7, 1992. Back then, the game only managed to attract a crowd of approximate 25,000. The stadium was left half empty throughout the game and this caused concern for the lack of attendees.

However, this concern was later on dismissed when the stadium’s formal competition against Michigan on October 21 attracted 72,000 attendees. And again in 1926, the attendance record was broken at 90,411 as locals swarm in to support the Buckeyes. It was also the last time standing-room-only tickets were sold for a game at the Ohio Stadium. The 1935 contest against Notre Dame was a sell out with over 81,000 fans. However, do be noted that most games only drew in 20,000 to 30,0000 fans in the 1920s and 1930s.

Somewhere in 1923, a running race track was built around the football field. The track was later on named as Jesse Owens to honor the Olympian and Ohio athlete. Since then till 2001, it was the home to the OSU track and field teams.

The stadium not only works as a sporting venue but is also a concert venue. Many world-class stars such as U2, Taylor Swift, The Rolling Stones, and Metallica has performed in the arena previously. It is a great place for concerts as they own the world’s first installation of Meyer Sound LEO in 2012. The LEO system is able to cover the vast 105,000 seats Ohio Stadium with clear and crisp sound quality, whether it is for an announcement or loud music. It is designed specifically to reinforce high-output sound quality in large arenas and at outdoor rock festivals. The acoustic of the venue is perfect for every occasion.

For more information on the Ohio Stadium, please see the specific pages below.

Parking Information:
Arriving by car? Read about parking options on the  Ohio Stadium parking information page.

Ticket Policy:
For information on ticket guarantee and other ticket related questions, view the Ohio Stadium tickets page.

Seating Information:
For information on accessible seating and to view the Ohio Stadium seating chart page.