Ohio Stadium

Capacity102 780
Country United States of America
ClubsOhio State Buckeyes
Inauguration 07/10/1922
Construction 03/08/1921 – 09/1922
Renovations 1991, 1998–2001, 2007, 2014
Record attendance 108,610 (Buckeyes – Michigan, 29/11/2014)
Ownership Ohio State University
Design Howard Dwight Smith
Contractor E. H. Latham Company (1922)
Address Ohio State University, 410 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus, OH 43210


Ohio Stadium – stadium description

The need for a new stadium for Buckeyes was acknowledged in 1910s, but the architectural vision of Howard Dwight Smith was considered far too large for the needs of academic football.  With over 66,000 initial capacity there were fears this new stadium planned north of Columbus (back then still with fields around) would simply not sell out.

Construction took just over a year and at the time ended being the largest structure with poured concrete worldwide. It had numerous pioneering or rare solutions used, like the slurry wall.

With the Olentangy River waters nearby, both tiers of seating were built above ground level, ending with impressive towers in the south and a Pantheon-inspired rotunda in the north, all features existing to this day. But even with neoclassical elements the stadium soon earned a simple nickname of the Horseshoe, later simply the Shoe, due to its open south side.

In 1920s and 30s it didn’t fill to capacity on a regular basis, just as feared before, but post-WWII years showed there’s much greater potential. Since 1940s it’s been growing every single decade, reaching 100,000 in 2001, after the largest upgrade to date. Since 1998 the running track was removed, field lowered by 4.4m and replaced with new rows of seating, while temporary south stand was replaced by a large permanent one. Still, the stadium retained its horseshoe shape.



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