Color my wife and I ambitious, but we took both our two-year old and our eight-week old to Ohio Stadium for a football game. The general sentiment among our friends and family was that we were a few marbles short of a sack for going through with it. We completely acknowledged that the kids sitting through four hours in The Horseshoe was not going to happen. As passionate alumni, we were merely seeking the novelty of having our two young kids get the experience – one we consider the best way to spend a fall Saturday.
We strategically chose this game, because kickoff was at 3:30 and wouldn’t interfere with our oldest’s midday nap time. We waited to depart for campus until 3:20, letting the traffic subside. This turned out beneficial for parking as well, as we scored a spot right near The Shoe.
There’s a lot of speculation and confusion on the University’s policy on children, so here it is: Children under two can get in without a full price ticket, but a lap ticket is required. These are $10 and can be purchased at the ticket office. Personally, I think it’s a ripoff that the max age is two, but no one will mistake Ohio State for being a charity.
My sophomore step sister got us student tickets through her sorority. For the last ten years or so, Ohio State requires any admission with a student ticket to have a BuckID accompanying it. Thankfully my wife and I are pros and still have ours. Our tickets were in the south stands, primarily occupied by college kids. Despite a few over-served coeds, the drunken debauchery was at a minimum. In fact, I have to give the crew sitting adjacent to us a ton of credit. Not only were they classy fans, but they fully embraced us and our tiny comrades.
Even with the close parking and courteous fans, an Ergo for our youngest was completely mandatory. If you don’t know about Ergo, I highly recommend it for anyone with/expecting a baby.
All was going smoothly. We got to our seats midway through the first quarter. I was able to consume my first purchased beer in The Horseshoe. Our youngest was peacefully strapped to my chest. Our oldest was enamored with all of the sights and sounds. The zenith of this investment/experience was watching her determination to find Brutus amongst the crowd and her excitement after she finally spotted him.
The forecast sadly didn’t cooperate. The day started sunny and unseasonably hot, but as predicted the rains came right before halftime. We held out as long as we could, but the storms were fierce. A wet dash to the car was actually seen with a lot of laughs among the family. As great as the kids were behaving, we probably could’ve stayed longer had it not been for the inclement weather.
Regardless, no regrets here. We were prepared and enjoyed our time.
And we survived to tell the tale.
By Steven Michalovich, Contributor