Having done my undergrad at North Carolina State I was anxious to come to Ohio State and see the differences in the atmosphere and environment surrounding the football games. Here are some of my observations from the first couple games of the season.
- Tickets: The ticket process was very different than at NC State. If you want to buy tickets for Ohio State games you have to be on the lookout for an email in the middle of the summer with instructions on how to do so. There are only two options for packages, either the full season home games or just Big Ten home games, no single game tickets.
This was very different from NC State where the week before the game I would just have to go online and request a ticket for the upcoming game, for free! This whole process shows that the demand for students tickets is way higher than the supply. I would definitely recommend at least trying to attend one game, if not buying tickets for all of the home games.
- Tailgating: The big thing about Ohio State tailgating is that it isn’t confined to just parking lots, the entire city is a tailgate. From the bars on High Street, to the houses surrounding campus, to the parking lots around the stadium, everyone is out for the game having a good time. Whether you attend Skull Session (still on my OSU bucket list), or are just throwing the pigskin with some friends before the game the atmosphere is second to none. Pedestrian traffic is insane making driving on gamedays nearly impossible. Even for the 8pm game people were out before noon making the game a whole day event.
- Traditions: Even people that know nothing about Ohio State football are aware of some of the traditions. Ohio State has more traditions than I can even list. It’s almost impossible to be walking around on a gameday without hearing “O-H!” “I-O!” every five minutes. The traditions that occur inside the stadium are absolutely amazing to be a part of. Don’t worry if you don’t know the words to “Carmen Ohio” yet, you will learn them quick as it is sung at the beginning and end of every game. The stadium O-H-I-O chant is also a very cool tradition, as the entire stadium shows their Buckeye pride. And obviously I can’t talk about Ohio State traditions without mentioning The Best Damn Band In The Land. Everyone is on their feet as the band performs Script Ohio and dots the I. The band also performed a ten minute long amazing halftime show dedicated to famous and popular TV shows. I highly would recommend everyone check it out if you haven’t seen it yet (here’s a link)!
- Attire: I guess it’s just my North Carolina roots, but it came to a surprise to me that what people wear to games is definitely different than what I am used to. It was almost expected that girls would wear sundresses and cowboy boots to NC State football games, while guys would dress up a little nicer with a tucked in polo or button down shirt. The majority of people wear their OSU jerseys or shirts, and shorts or jeans. I guess this just means I’m not in the South anymore.