Ohio State’s spring game just became affordable for everyone.
The school announced Friday that it was lowering prices for Saturday’s scrimmage from $20 to $5.
Yes, Ohio State really thought it would sell walk-up tickets to a spring scrimmage for $20.
The school announced that 30,000 presale tickets had been sold at $12 each. Refunds will be issued to fans who purchased those.
"I have a one-track mind and it's on recruiting," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. "I'd love to have 85,000 people there on a 72-degree day in Columbus, Ohio.
"My wife was the first one to say something (about the $20 tickets). I just think it's great (dropping the price). It will help us recruit a bunch of people and enjoy a day in the Horseshoe. I just want to try to make it a great day for the fans."
To put Ohio State’s ridiculous price tag in perspective, Florida State, the reigning national champion, is offering free admission to its spring game. National championship runner-up Auburn is selling tickets for $5. Heck, Michigan’s spring game was free and it threw in a free invitation to stay and watch the men’s lacrosse team host Fairfield.
The spring game is supposed to be about the experience, the postgame autographs and getting to see the team before its goes on its summer hiatus. Some people attend the spring game because they can’t otherwise afford tickets to a regular season game.
So, to charge those people $20 a ticket kind of defeats the purpose and stops the spring game from being a family-friendly event.
It’s good Ohio State came to its senses and hopefully it will draw a nice, financially conscious crowd.
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