Ohio State fans will be able to purchase pieces of Ohio Stadium turf
When the Ohio Stadium field underwent a major change following the 2006 college football season, fans had the opportunity to bring home a piece of history. After the No. 1-ranked Buckeyes defeated rivals and No. 2 Michigan 42-39 in the final game of the regular season to book a spot in the BCS National Championship game, fans stormed the field. Knowing that the grass at the Horseshoe, which had been in place since 1990, was to become turf the following year, many fans took some of that ground with them.
The transition from turf to Ohio Stadium this summer hasn’t been quite as resounding – Scarlet and Gray’s last game on that turf was a 56-7 loss to Michigan State which saw no champ storm – but fans can still be a part of the estate’s history. Although they can’t take the stadium turf home, Ohio State announced Thursday that fans will be able to purchase a piece of the field’s turf.
The Ohio Stadium field bend hasn’t gone on sale yet, but fans can submit their information to be notified when the turf goes on sale.
After the pitch’s turf was installed for the 2007 season, the Buckeyes replaced the pitch in 2014. During the 2021 season, the turf was visibly worn with players experiencing footing issues, prompting questions fans and media on when the pitch would be replaced. and recognition of problems by the head coach Ryan Day. The Scarlet and Gray announced in September that he would be replaced after the football season.
Instead of simply replacing the turf with the same look, Ohio State asked fans to help redesign the field the Buckeyes will play on as part of Ohio Stadium’s 100th anniversary this season. Fans were able to submit their creations and these were voted on after being posted on social media. In February, the Scarlet and Gray announced the new design of the bend in the field.
Ohio State began the process of replacing the turf on the pitch at the Horseshoe earlier this month. The installation process should be complete in early July and ready to go for the Buckeyes’ 2022 season opener against Notre Dame on Saturday, September 3 under the lights.
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Soon, for those interested, fans will be able to get a piece of Scarlet and Gray history. This turf has been part of many special Ohio State games over the past eight years, including every home game in the National Championship-winning season in its first year after installation.