Not Just a Football School …

For Christmas, it was hard to decide what to get my brother. He’s difficult to shop for because there is nothing he really needs and the list of things he wants is limited for me. After much debt, I decided to give him the gift of OSU basketball. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see our amazing (and current #1 in the country) basketball team and since my brother goes to University of Kentucky, he has become quite the basketball fan. I hadn’t been to a game since my freshman year of college when Greg Oden was here. I’d always wanted to go again, but the opportunity to just never came up, until this past weekend. With the chance to become #1 on the line, my brother and I went to see OSU vs Penn State, hoping that we would not be bad luck for the team…

The atmosphere at the Schott is a lot different than the football atmosphere we all know and love; however, that is not to say it is disappointing, just different. There aren’t as many people, but the crowd still really gets into the game. The crowd would be fairly quiet, then when a big play happened the arena would erupt in cheers. One of my favorite moments was when the students started doing O-H-I-O by having each section say a different letter. The students are really into the game, since it is the ones who are really into basketball that actually buy the season tickets, unlike with football where almost everyone buys season tickets.

While you are at OSU, you definitely have to try going to other sporting events OSU has to offer, especially basketball. OSU sports have so much more to offer than just football and it’s important to support other programs as well.

Tips for the first-time basketball ticket buyer:

1. They don’t sell single-game student tickets anymore, just full season. That being said, if you want to go to just one game, look on or post a status on Facebook about your need for a student ticket. Usually, during Christmas break people are more than willing to give up their tickets.

2. Sit in the student section. This goes along with number 1. The non-student, single game tickets are sold at the 300 level, which is pretty high up. If you don’t mind that fact, then go for it, otherwise stick with the student ticket. They are some of the best in house.

3. Get there at least 20 minutes before tip-off. Right before the game, they show a quick video of the players coming out of the locker room, then they introduce them. It is really fun to watch as they dim the lights and play music.

4. Get ready to “Get Crazy.” If you are in the student section behind the basket, be ready to do almost anything you can to distract the opposing team as they take free-throw shots. This is extremely important. Be ready to yell and scream for your Ohio State Buckeyes Basketball team.