Its been a long 15 months for fans of Ohio State University football. The Tatgate scandal resulted in the end of beloved head football coach Jim Tressel's OSU career and the suspensions of several key OSU football players and subsequent departure of star quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
After enduring the scandal, the ensuing media firestorm, anti-Ohio State backlash, the suspensions/departures, an excruciatingly sub-par football season and NCAA sanctions, Ohio State fans have been longing for a return to some degree of normalcy - a bit of relief after a period of OSU history that has just gone, well, WRONG.
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The good news is, Spring Football is just around the corner!
A few short months into his tenure, new Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has been as good as advertised, revitalizing OSU recruiting on short notice after a late November hire. He has also assembled a strong coaching staff and promises to bring Ohio State football back to a more familiar position - competing for B1G championships and BCS Bowl berths.
The Urban Meyer era has officially begun at Ohio State, and fans of the program will get their first look at the on-field product at 1:30 p.m. on April 21, 2012 during this year's annual Ohio State Life Sports Spring Game at Ohio Stadium.
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The game, which will follow the OSU men's lacrosse team's Showdown in the Shoe game with ECAC Lacrosse League opponent Air Force, is projected by many to be a near sellout, possibly breaking the NCAA football spring game attendance record of 95,722. Set in Ohio Stadium at the Spring Game in April of 2009.
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Weather permitting, expect that number to creep up near, if not over 100,000 this year. All due to the buzz around Ohio State's fresh start under rock star coach Meyer and the new power spread offense he and his staff bring with them. Don't forget the several new recruits who enrolled early to be able to participate in spring ball and a rejuvenated group of returning players who are looking forward to putting last year behind them. and getting back to the game they love to play and fans love to watch.
General admission tickets can be purchased for $7 in advance or $15 on game day.
Tickets may be purchased at the Atletics Ticket Office at the Schottenstein Center, though all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.hangonsloopy.com or at participating area McDonald's locations.
OSU students and children age 6 and under receive free admission.
Tickets purchased are good for admission to the 11 a.m. lacrosse game with Air Force as well as the ensuing 1:30 p.m. Spring Game.
For groups of 50 or more, tickets may be purchased for $5 apiece through the OSU group sales department at 614.292.0043.
Parking will be open at most parking lots surrounding the stadium.
Proceeds from several events during the day will benefit the Ohio National Guard Family Readiness and Warrior Support Program, the Learning in Fitness & Education through Sports Program and the Ruth and Jesse Owens Scholars Fund.