The Ohio Stadium Story

August 16th, 2011

The Ohio State University is never at a loss for fandom. A photographic perspective on the historical Ohio Stadium, home of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team. (12 Photos)

Reflection of the Ohio Stadium in the Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC) facade.
One monument to sports reflected in another. The image of the Ohio Stadium, home of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team, reflected in the facade of the newly built Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC). The history of the Ohio Stadium is the history of a university passionate about athletics. (Photo by: David Grant)
The Block "O" section showing their spirit. The section is part of the largest student organization at The Ohio State University and also serves as the official student cheering section of the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Block "O" was established in 1938. (Photo by: Anne Bennett)
Ohio Stadium Bleachers
Built in 1922, the Ohio Stadium is the first horseshoe-shaped double-deck stadium in the country. The stadium, which was built to accommodate the overwhelming crowds in the early part of the 20th century, was designed by architect Howard Dwight Smith. Besides the intricate and highly stylized architectural design, what is amazing about the stadium is the sheer amount of concrete poured into the building; at the time of its completion it was the largest concrete poured structure in the world. (Photo by: Nora McDonald/WOSU)
Ohio Stadium at night
The field lit at night. The stadium does not have field lights, so when there are night games special lights must be installed. (Photo by: alonglens)
Ohio Stadium from the high bleachers
There was initial concern that the stadium, at a capacity of over 60 thousand, would never be filled. Indeed, over time adjustments were made to raise the seating capacity to more than 105,000 (Photo by: Nora McDonald/WOSU)
A Packed Ohio Stadium
Today, the stadium, which can hold over one hundred thousand, does "fill up." On September 12, 2009, attendance reached 106,033 for Ohio State's evening game against Southern California. (Photo by: Anne Bennett)
Ohio Stadium Rotunda
The iconic rotunda is built to look like the the dome at the Pantheon in Rome. (Photo by: Nora McDonald/WOSU)
Rotunda ceiling detail
The yellow flowers supposedly have something to do with the outcome of the dedication game against the Michigan Wolverines in 1922. (Photo by: Nora McDonald/WOSU)
Ohio Stadium Horse-shoe
An aerial view of Ohio Stadium. (Photo by: Ron Reiring)
Ohio State Marching Band formation
The Ohio State University Marching Band is the largest all-brass percussion band in the world. (Photo by: alonglens (flickr))
Ohio Stadium Victory Bell
The victory bell rings following Ohio State wins. (Photo by: Nora McDonald/WOSU)
Ohio Stadium exterior
The original facade contrasts with more recent renovations. (Photo by: Nora McDonald/WOSU)
  • Mcmarkm

    what is that old pyramid artwork?

    • MSS

      That is a memorial to Jesse Owens

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