Herd-Bucks at the ‘Shoe
Thursday night’s opening of the college football season in Columbus will challenge players, tuba players and fans alike. An uncomfortably hot night is in store for the big game with tailgate temperatures in the 90s falling only into the 80s during the game.
Toss in those fluorescent lights to illuminate the stadium and throw off heat and the natural body heat given off by 100 thousand fans and you have the makings for a steamy night on the banks of the Olentangy River.
Right now, I am skeptical that it will rain at the game though a flickering western sky on your trip home after midnight would be possible from western Ohio thunderstorms.
Now I am no “slouch” when it comes to college football. I earned my Masters in Meteorolgy at Penn State and spent many a Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium cheering for the Nittany Lions. I have also been to many games at the Ohio Stadium (8 Michigan games among them), SO TRUST ME WHEN I TELL YOU “there is nothing like going to a football game at the Horseshoe. The Penn State experience is great, but the Ohio State football atmosphere is a country mile better”..
So for the benefit of first time Herd fans, here’s a list of things to do while you are at the game.
Get to Columbus more than 3 hours before kickoff. The traffic is terrible around the stadium and it can take an hour to go the last mile if you wait too long. Route 315 is just not intended to handle that many cars. Now that is on a typical Saturday without a rush hour in a major US city!
The Skull session at the Schott is a must for first timers. This is a Buckeye pep rally with the team, the Buckeye Band and thousands of rowdy fans cheering their brains out. The rally starts 2 hours before game time, so get there early for a seat.
A walk down High street is also a must. From bars and eateries to Buckeye rich clothing stores, if you want to experience a big time college atmosphere, make this part of your day.
Once inside the ‘Shoe, the Buckeye Band is as compelling a drawing card as there is. The famous Script Ohio and I-Dotting ritual can occur before the game or at half, so by all means get inside the stadium early.
I will add to this blog after dinner!