Buckeye Snapshots (Issue #5)

A recent scene from a Buckeyes’ game at the “Shoe.”

Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, Ohio Stadium is hallowed ground for The Ohio State University football team.  The Buckeyes have played here since 1922.

Nicknamed the “Horseshoe,” the venerable stadium graces the west side of campus near the Olentangy River.  The journey to build this magnificent home goes back to the World War I era.

The Buckeyes playing field back in the 1910s is Ohio Field.  The unassuming name cannot hide the fact that this football home is less than adequate.  Seating is limited to 14,000, but some games find more fans viewing from the perimeter of the field as a standing-room only (sometimes in excess of 20,000).

The catalyst behind the need for a much larger stadium for the Buckeyes is traced to the success of the team in 1916, 1917, and 1919.  Ohio State’s first three-time All-American, Charles “Chic” Harley leads the team to numerous victories and conference championships.  Playing in the period before college football’s Heisman Trophy, Harley would have been a cinch to win this prestigious award as college football’s most outstanding player.  One might say that Ohio Stadium is the field Chic built.

Needing a much bigger stadium, Ohio Stadium is constructed with its unique horseshoe design.  Ohio Wesleyen becomes the first opponent to play here on October 7, 1922.  The original stadium’s seating capacity is 66,000, but it is far exceeded later in the 1922 season when the Buckeyes host the Michigan Wolverines before 71,138 spectators.

Field-level view during a youth flag football event. My grandson was participating.

Here are some quick facts about the “Horseshoe.”

  • Current seating capacity:  102,780
  • Fourth largest on-campus facility in the United States
  • Largest crowd:  110,045 for the 2016 Michigan game
  • Over 36 million fans have entered the stadium since 1922
Ohio State has captured many national football championships as evidenced by these banners. An additional one has been added for 2014.

Monday Memories: Buckeye Football Fans

 

Here is another installment of Monday Memories.  This poem was first published back in October during the middle of the college football season.   He enjoys following and cheering for his two favorite college football teams

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Filling the huge Horseshoe in their scarlet and gray

Cheering on their beloved Buckeyes each Saturday

 

Watching mascot Brutus fire up the thousands of fans

Experiencing tailgate parties from the back of a van

 

Sitting elbow to elbow in the bleacher seats

Seeing that the Buckeyes are hard to beat

 

Experiencing another remarkable Michigan victory

Wondering what Coach Woody would want to see

 

Go Buckeyes Go!

Conquer another foe!

Special Note:  The reference to Coach Woody honors the greatest of all Buckeyes’ football coaches, Woody Hayes.  He coached the Buckeyes from 1950-1978.  His teams won five national championships and 13 Big Ten conference titles.

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Another college football season is upon us.  Now you know where my football allegiance stands:  Montana State Bobcats and Ohio State Buckeyes.  I need to hurry along now to stay ahead of rivals Montana Grizzlies and Michigan Wolverines.

Buckeye Football Fans

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Filling the huge Horseshoe in their scarlet and gray

Cheering on their beloved Buckeyes each Saturday

 

Watching mascot Brutus fire up the thousands of fans

Experiencing tailgate parties from the back of a van

 

Sitting elbow to elbow in the bleacher seats

Seeing that the Buckeyes are hard to beat

 

Experiencing another remarkable Michigan victory

Wondering what Coach Woody would want to see

 

Go Buckeyes Go!

Conquer another foe!

 

To learn more about historic Ohio Stadium, visit The Horseshoe.