In Game

Ohio State is one of the most prominent and recognizable programs in all of college football. The Buckeyes play in Ohio Stadium and have a proud history of eight national championships, thirty-seven conference championships, three division championships, ten undefeated seasons, and six perfect seasons with no losses or ties. As of 2014, Ohio State has celebrated 125 seasons of football. In 2015, they won the College Playoff National Championship, continuing a long legacy of historical feats.

Ohio Stadium is a spectacle in itself, housing such a storied field. You will see markers and reminders mentioned all over the facility. Affectionately referred to as “The Shoe” because of its horseshoe-shaped build, the stadium seats 100,000 and has always given Ohio State a strong home field advantage. The stadium has undergone several significant overhauls and renovations while still maintaining a classic “like new” appeal.

Ohio State has a strong atmosphere that anyone not cheering on the opposition will get wrapped up in when visiting Columbus. Ohio Stadium oozes with tradition as right from the get go you’ll find yourself enjoying the band’s entrance as well as their pregame performance. If you wanted to show someone what a big time college football game looks all you’d have to do is take them to Columbus on any Saturday in the fall. The passion and tradition on display here makes attending a Buckeyes game one of the best experiences in all of sports.

Things to check out

Victory Bell

When at Ohio Stadium take a look at the Victory Bell, which can be found in the southeast tower. After every Ohio State victory, the victory bell is rung by Alpha Phi Omega members. The tradition goes back to 1954 and can be heard throughout Columbus on game day, so listen for the Victory Bell following the game.

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Dotting the "i"

One of the most famous sights at an Ohio State is the band’s performance of Script Ohio. The signature moment of this performance occurs when the Sousaphone player dots the “i.” Make sure to take in this amazing spectacle when attending a Buckeyes game.

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Ramp Entrance

At Ohio State the band has their entrances that usually takes place at 19:45 before kickoff. The percussion section leads the entrance as everyone chants O-H-I-O, Ohio repeatedly as the band enters the field.

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Buckeye Leaves

The Buckeye leaf decals have been an Ohio State tradition since 1967 and are awarded players based on merit. Look for the Buckeye leaves to adorn the helmet of your favorite players.

The Hive and Circle

Before their warmups the team enters the field with their arms linked in what is known as “The Hive.” Then after warmups, the team returns to the locker room and re-enters the field in a circle around the strength coach. Get to the game early so that you can take in this great tradition.

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Fight Songs

  1. O-H-I-O Chant

    The O-H-I-O chant at Ohio Stadium is quite the spectacle. The chant starts with the students in the South Stands when they yell “O,” then the East continues the chant by yelling “H,” the North follows with “I,” and the West ends with the chant with “O.” The chant can go around the stadium for an incredible ten minutes, and Buckeye fans have even managed to pull it off at other venues, such as Ross-Ade Stadium.


  2. Hang on Sloopy

    This song has been designated as the state rock song of Ohio and is played before the start of the fourth quarter at every Buckeyes game. Fans typically perform the O-H-I-O chant during the interval between refrains, which really gets everyone pumped up.

    Hang on sloopy, sloopy hang on
    Sloopy lives in a very bad part of town
    Everybody else, tries to put my sloopy down
    Sloopy I don’t care, what your daddy do
    Cuz you know sloopy, girl, I’m in love with you
    And so I say now
    Hang on sloopy, sloopy hang on
    Hang on sloopy, sloopy hang on
    (yeah) (yeah) (yeah) (yeah) (yeah) (yeah)
    Wo, uh, wo, uh, wo, uh, wo, uh
    Sloopy let your hair down, girl
    Let it hang down on me
    Sloopy let your hair down, girl
    Let it hang down on me
    Come on sloopy (come on, come on)
    Come on sloopy (come on, come on
    So come on sloopy (come on, come on)
    Come on sloopy (come on, come on)
    Well it feels so good (come on, come on)
    You know it feels so good (come on, come on)
    Well shake it, shake it, shake it sloopy (come on, come on)
    Well shake it, shake it, shake it yeah, yeah, yeah (come on, come on)
    Hang on sloopy, sloopy hang on
    (yeah) (yeah) (yeah) (yeah)
    Hang on sloopy, sloopy hang on
    (yeah) (yeah) (yeah) (yeah)
    Hang on sloopy, sloopy hang on
    (yeah) (yeah) (yeah) (yeah)

  3. Carmen Ohio

    After every game the coaches and players join the band in the south end zone to sing the school’s alma mater Carmen Ohio. This tradition is a great way to wrap up a game and show off your school pride.

    Oh! Come let’s sing Ohio’s praise,
    And songs to Alma Mater raise;
    While our hearts rebounding thrill,
    With joy which death alone can still.
    Summer’s heat or Winter’s cold. The seasons pass, the years will roll;
    Time and change will surely show How firm thy friendship O-hi-o.

  4. Across the Field

    The older of the two Ohio State fight songs, Across the Field features lyrics about the football team.

    Fight the team across the field
    Show them Ohio’s here,
    Set the earth reverberating
    With a mighty cheer,
    Rah! Rah! Rah!
    Hit them hard and see how they fall,
    Never let that team get the ball,
    Hail, hail, the gang’s all here,
    So let’s win that old conference now.

  5. Buckeye Battle Cry

    In old Ohio there’s a team that’s known thru-out the land;
    Eleven warriors, brave and bold, whose fame will ever stand.
    And when the ball goes over, our cheers will reach the sky, Ohio field will hear again The Buckeye Battle Cry.
    Drive! Drive on down the field,
    Men of the scarlet and gray; Don’t let them thru that line, We have to win this game today, Come on, Ohio! Smash through to victory.
    We cheer you as you go:
    Our honor defend
    We will fight to the end for O-hi-o.

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