COLUMBUS, Ohio — The projected bad weather Saturday that has led to the cancellation of spring football games at other schools may affect the plans at Ohio State.
Originally scheduled for 1:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon, the start time of the Buckeyes spring football game may change. The Ohio State athletic department announced that a decision will be made Friday morning about whether the game may start earlier on Saturday, or if it will be held at all.
Ohio State officials are still monitoring the weather forecast for Saturday. We want to host this spring game for our fans, and we understand the importance of a timely decision. So a final decision on the status of the spring game will be made and announced Friday morning.
— Jerry Emig (@BuckeyeNotes) April 12, 2018
Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa State canceled their games for this weekend.
Ohio State moved a men’s lacrosse game with Michigan in Ohio Stadium that was scheduled for Saturday morning to Friday night. The Buckeyes have made the spring football game a doubleheader with a lacrosse game for the last several years.
But moving lacrosse gives Ohio State the flexibility to slide up the start time of the football game. The National Weather Service forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of rain in Columbus on Saturday, with thunderstorms possible after 1 p.m. But rain is expected early in the day. The threat, or course, is lightning. The forecast in that regard is what Ohio State is most concerned with.
Clearly, Ohio State doesn’t want to cancel. The game is a sellout with 79,000 tickets sold at $5 each. There are no walk-up tickets available Saturday. Construction at Ohio Stadium means more than 20,000 seats are currently unavailable.
Ohio State set the national spring game record with more than 99,000 fans in 2015, then set it again by topping 100,000 fans in 2016. Construction last year limited seating as well, but Ohio State’s 80,000 fans still led the nation.
— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) April 12, 2018