THE HORSESHOE

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Nestled snugly on the banks of the Olentangy River, stately Ohio Stadium is one of the most recognizable landmarks in all of college athletics and in all of sports.  The stadium opened in 1922 as a replacement for Ohio Field and had a seating capacity of 66,210.   Built in 1922 at a cost of $1.3 million and refurbished in 2001 for slightly more than $194 million, the horseshoe-shaped stadium is a monument to college football.  With its present seating capacity of 102,329, though crowds above 105,000 are common, it is the largest stadium by capacity in the state of Ohio, the fourth largest football stadium in the United States, and the seventh largest non-racing stadium in the world. Since the opening game against Ohio Wesleyan on Oct. 7, 1922, more than 36 million fans have streamed through the stadium's portals.   

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Largest attendance

 

Rank Date Attendance Result
1 October 6, 2012 106,102[7] #12 Ohio State 63 - #21 Nebraska 38
2 September 12, 2009 106,033[8] #3 USC 18 - #8 Ohio State 15
3 November 24, 2012 105,899 Ohio State 26 - #19 Michigan 21
4 October 25, 2008 105,713 #3 Penn State 13 - #9 Ohio State 6
5 November 18, 2006 105,708[9] #1 Ohio State 42 - #2 Michigan 39
6 September 10, 2005 105,565 #2 Texas 25 - #4 Ohio State 22
7 November 22, 2008 105,564 #10 Ohio State 42 - Michigan 7
8 November 23, 2002 105,539 #2 Ohio State 14 - #11 Michigan 9
9 October 29, 2011 105,511 Ohio State 33 - #15 Wisconsin 29
10 November 27, 2010 105,491 #8 Ohio State 37 - Michigan 7