After a fall unlike any other in football history, plenty of Ohio State football fans look forward to the 2021 Spring Game. Now that it is less than a month away (currently scheduled for April 17), fans are starting to wonder if this will be their first time getting a glimpse of the team in person in over a year. Plans are still up in the air a bit, but this is what we know so far about the game.
Will fans be allowed at the Ohio State Spring Football Game?
Thanks to relaxed restrictions in the state of Ohio and by the Big Ten, attendance is coming back in some capacity for spring sports. That means Ohio State football will be able to take advantage of these new rules as well. Attendance policies are most related to local health guidelines, so for Ohio, that means teams can have up to 30% capacity.
How does that equate to Ohio Stadium? That means roughly 15,000 to 20,000 fans can enter the stadium and watch the Spring Game. That total number might still seem like a bit of a disappointment for many eager fans, but it is a step in the right direction to get back to some level of normal.
It seems as though Ohio State will wait until as close to the game as possible to decide how many fans are allowed in and who will have that opportunity to attend. At this time, it looks promising, but there's nothing official as of yet.
How will tickets be handled if fans are allowed?
Much like during the 2020 fall season, the attendance restrictions for spring games all around the Big Ten will almost certainly allow families to attend the game. This might expand to frontline workers as the next beneficiaries, and the remaining spots could open up to fans of the team with no personal connection.
Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith originally said that there would be no tickets sold to the spring game, so families and frontline workers are possibly looking at free tickets. While that's certainly beneficial, if tickets are open to the public, Ohio State might sell them with so much demand out there. Another possibility is to hold some sort of lottery for the remaining spots.
When is the game, and will there be a way to watch it for free?
As the April 17th date approaches, it seems more likely that it will stick as the annual Spring Game's official date for Ohio State football. Fans are always intrigued with this game, and there will be options for those who can't get into Ohio Stadium to watch. The last Spring Game held in 2019 was televised by the Big Ten Network. With so much still up in the air, it hasn't officially been announced that they will broadcast it again in 2021, but it would seem likely that would be the case if the schedule sticks.
Perhaps the most intriguing thing about the 2021 Ohio State spring football involves the battle at quarterback. CJ Stroud, Jack Miller, and Kyle McCord seem to be the three quarterbacks with a legitimate chance of leading the Scarlet and Gray in 2021. Coming off a National Championship appearance, there will once again be high expectations in Columbus.
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