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.

Music Comes Alive

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Country music fans assemble at the “Shoe”

Sitting in Ohio Stadium offers quite a view

Buckeye Country Superfest fills the place

Hungering for “Country”—ready to taste

 

Football won’t be on the agenda this Saturday

Filling the Horseshoe with music and fun today

Pleasurable, comfortable June weather arrives

Assuring five performers will sing, full and alive

 

Raelynn, Midland, and Chris Janson arrive here

Adding their unique music for everyone to hear

Blake Shelton and George Strait close out the night

Singing memorable hits under the stars, what a sight

 

Aspiring, fresh talent Raelynn launches the show

Sharing her lovely voice, with music ready to go

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Midland’s Texas honky-tonk excites the crowd

Harmonizing and powerful performers—Wow!

Their astounding ability to entertain and sing

Recognizing this trio possess talent to bring

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Rising star Chris Janson comes out on the stage

Energizing, bold music thrills people of any age

He humbling witnesses about his rich Christian faith

Gathering his incredible voice, what music he makes

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The evening definitely isn’t ready to stop, not at all

Waiting in the wings, the biggest talents stand tall

 

Blake Shelton performs an array of hit after hit

Pumping up the crowd to a frenzy, few ever sit

He turns the stadium into a church with “God’s Country”

Blessing an audience in the middle of Buckeye Country

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Blake prepares the gathering for the “real” King

Walking out now, George Strait steps up to sing

 

The King of Country Music sings to everyone

Witnessing his classic tunes is so much fun

His band “Ace in the Hole” adds to the grand night

George sings “Amarillo by Morning” . . . Goodnight!

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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.