After 10 months and a lot of controversy, Ohio State football is back. Unfortunately, the fans largely won’t be when they open Ohio Stadium for their game against Nebraska this weekend.
Ohio State announced today that it will limit total stadium capacity to 1,600 people – including the teams and stadium staff. Ohio State will allow 656 guests to friends and family for Buckeyes players and coaches, while opposing teams can have up to 400.
Ohio State has a stadium capacity of over 102,000, making it the fifth-largest capacity venue in the world. The limitation for this coming season means that less than 1-percent of those seats will be filled.
Sadly, the new restrictions will also keep one crucial Ohio State figure out of the stadium. Brutus Buckeye, the school’s beloved mascot, will no longer be at the games. Cheerleaders will not be there either.
Ohio Stadium's capacity will be limited to a total of 1,600 people this season, including teams and stadium staff. Ohio State will have 656 player and coaching family guests at games and visiting teams will have up to 400. TBDBITL, cheerleaders and Brutus will not be at games.
— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) October 19, 2020
Stadium capacity has been a pretty controversial subject in this crazy 2020 season. Some schools are only allows a few hundred like Ohio Stadium is, while others (Texas A&M specifically) are allowing in tens of thousands.
It’s a bit unfair, and an area where conferences or the NCAA really should have cracked down harder on to make things more fair.
But this whole season has been far too wild for every issue to be addressed as properly as it should be.
That said, if the Buckeyes suffer a rare home loss, or lose to a team with a larger crowd, the limits on who can attend will definitely become a bigger issue.