Ohio State did not set any records with its spring game attendance this weekend, but the crowd that turned out for the Buckeye spring game still managed to set the pace in the spring game attendance standings. Ohio State’s Ohio Stadium is under renovation this spring, which closed off sections of the upper level, but Ohio State still welcomed over 80,000 fans for the spring game.
80,143 fans to be exact.
Ohio State fans are satisfied with that number because it means Ohio State brought in roughly 23,000 more fans than Michigan on the same day. It is worth noting, however, Ohio State has always generally been a stronger spring draw than the Wolverines. Despite an uptick in spring attendance since the hiring of Jim Harbaugh, Ohio State remains a true national power in this largely meaningless stat. In fact, Ohio State is one weekend away from having the largest spring crowd among its Big Ten peers for the third consecutive season. All it has to do is hold off Penn State this coming weekend, and the top spring prize is theirs for another year.
With Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia on deck in addition to Penn State, the spring football attendance bragging rights are still up for grabs.