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Ohio State professor builds lego replica of the ‘Shoe


Some people have model train sets. Others collect stamps or coins. Paul Janssen, an Ohio State University associate professor, has built an 8-foot-by-6-foot replica of The Horseshoe. Out of Legos.

Hey, man. Whatever makes you happy.

The project took him nearly 3 years to collect the parts and 2 years, and over 1000 hours, to construct.

“It was a big challenge,” Janssen told The Columbus Dispatch. “But it’s so much more satisfying if you can accomplish something that’s hard.”

The project was an especially tall order when you consider Janssen didn’t cut, glue or otherwise modify any of the over 450,000 Legos. Building the stadium without any sort of modification proved to be the biggest challenge as the professor often had to spend hours finding ways to make the Legos fit his calculations. At one point, he even dismantled an entire side of the stadium after 15 hours of construction because the stands were “too steep”.

Janssen wasn’t even originally a football fan, but is now a season ticket holder for Ohio State.

Who says college football doesn’t have passionate fans? Or, at the very least, fans with a lot of time on their hands.

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14 Responses to “Ohio State professor builds lego replica of the ‘Shoe”
  1. WingT says: Jan 16, 2011 3:25 PM

    I’m happy for him.

  2. mrf47 says: Jan 16, 2011 4:19 PM

    Watching him build this would have been just as exciting as watching Ohio State play football.

  3. cubano76 says: Jan 16, 2011 4:39 PM


  4. jmyles12 says: Jan 16, 2011 5:15 PM

    This is wonderful news. I was under the impression anyone connected with Ohio State didn’t have a brain!!!

  5. mrcowpatty says: Jan 16, 2011 5:39 PM

    Honey, it’s time to come to dinner, don’t forget to wash your hands.

  6. gotta keep my mouth shut says: Jan 16, 2011 5:47 PM

    man haters gonna hate lol

  7. blakebuchanan87 says: Jan 16, 2011 5:49 PM

    And then a big bully kid in an SEC shirt comes by and kicks his stadium down…much like the title hopes of any recent OSU team.

  8. WingT says: Jan 16, 2011 6:41 PM

    I wonder what Gordon Gee thinks about this?

  9. overratedgators says: Jan 16, 2011 7:42 PM

    Even the Lego version holds more fans than the average SEC stadium.

  10. brownstown2 says: Jan 17, 2011 9:32 AM

    In other news, gatorprof is putting the finishing touches on his life-size replica of Tim Tebow made out of Cheez Whiz.

  11. 78lion says: Jan 17, 2011 10:56 AM

    Gordon Gee “See, we have a place for all the little people”.

  12. florida727 says: Jan 17, 2011 2:00 PM

    When I first saw the headline, my initial thought was, “This guy needs to get a life”. The more I thought about it, I thought, man, this is actually kind of cool.

    As a Gator fan, I’m hoping his next project with Legos will be to build replicas of the football and basketball National Championship trophies you guys DIDN’T win :)

  13. brownstown2 says: Jan 17, 2011 3:48 PM


    What do you make of OSU almost losing as many championships over the last few years as Florida has won in its entire history?

    OSU 7 national championships
    UF 3 national championships

    The alligator eats the bigger number. Obviously, no pun was intended since the Gators are coming up short here. Oh, you do have one more bball title, so make that 8 vs 5.

  14. kenbercheval says: Jan 17, 2011 4:49 PM

    Oh MY GOD!!!!!!!

    Florio – FINALLY – turned on the comment ratings!

    I wonder if there are plans for a complete kit for the ‘Shoe? I’d love to have one of these in my basement too!

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