Big Ten rivals Michigan and Ohio State are both held their spring games this afternoon. Here's how the attendance for the two massive programs looks.
Ohio State announced a sell-out of its spring game yesterday, and wound up with 80,134 in attendance this afternoon.
That number may be a confusing "sell-out" for those who are used to six digits packing The Shoe, but it is for good reason. Renovations to the stadium's C Deck has taken away availability of a lot of seats.
Last year, Ohio State set a spring game record with 100,189 fans in attendance.
Even with the missing 20,000 Buckeye faithful (and live tackling on the field), Ohio State easily beat out Michigan in attendance numbers, which we're sure we'll be hearing plenty about over the next few days. That isn't to say that Michigan's turnout isn't impressive as well, especially since...you know...it is a scrimmage.
The Wolverines had a strong showing of their own, bringing in 57,418 fans to The Big House, just a few thousand shy of the 60,000 that were in attendance two years ago.
Last year, Michigan reported 35,000 in attendance, down from the program's high-water mark of 60,000 in 2015.
Fans of both programs turned out extremely well on Saturday, as they do each Saturday in the fall. Sometimes, you just need some football, even if it's April and it is only an intrasquad scrimmage.