Report: Student season ticket purchases way down at Ohio State
We’ve become accustomed to seeing a packed stadium in Columbus on Saturday afternoons in the fall. The Horseshoe, which holds well over 100,000 passionate Buckeye fans, rarely has trouble filling up.
This year, though, Ohio State is experiencing a dip in its season ticket sales among students — by a pretty significant number. According to a report from The Lantern, Ohio State has seen a decline in student season ticket sales by more than 6,500 purchases from last year.
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Per the report, Ohio State sold 28,392 student season ticket packages in 2018. That number is at 21,716 for the 2019 season.
It’s unclear if there are any specific causes behind the decreased number of purchased student tickets, but the decline in college football attendance has become a nationwide issue.
According to Diana Sabau, the deputy director of Ohio State Athletics, that the option for mobile tickets and the fact that the Michigan game will be played in Ann Arbor this year are the biggest reasons for the decline.
Ohio State still has some attractive home games on the schedule, despite playing Michigan on the road. In addition to playing Cincinnati last Saturday, the Buckeyes will also host No. 18 Michigan State on Oct. 5; Wisconsin on Oct. 26 and Penn State on Nov. 23. Other home games include(d): FAU, Miami (OH), and Maryland.