If “The Shoe” Doesn’t Fit…Just Add More Seats

Photo by Marvin Fong/The Plain Dealer/www.cleveland.com


Written by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)

Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)

A couple weeks back, it was announced that Ohio Stadium would be receiving a little bit of a facelift.  Not quite Joan Rivers style like the last one, but a facelift none the less.  I will not lie, before seeing the pictures of the proposed changes; I was a mixture of nervous and angry.

Let us not forget that Ohio Stadium has already received a major renovation in recent history, and the essence of the place still survived (minus a few troughs…but I digress), even though the new exterior was a little sterile looking.  This lack of finishing touches sparked my apprehension about further “improvements” to the home of Buckeye football.

For one, I was afraid that the signature shape of “The Shoe” would be compromised.  All I knew was that the plan was to cover the tunnels on either side of the south stands (that’s the end with the giant scoreboard for all you out-of-towners).  I was instantly convinced that there was no graceful or tasteful way to pull this off.  In my mind, “The Shoe” would no longer be “The Shoe” and the world as I knew it was ending.  Apparently, my lack of vision is why I’m not an architect.  The designs aren’t that bad.

Late last week I finally got a look at the changes while perusing the Bleacher Report.  My reaction:  “Really?  That’s it?  I got myself all worked up over that?”

Courtesy of Matthew Hager of Buckeye Sports Bulletin

If you haven’t seen the pictures, check the photo above.  Basically, sections of the south stands will be extended downward to cover the tunnels, accommodating 2,500 more seats.  The architectural signature of the venue more or less remains, the school makes more money, and all is well.

Photo is courtesy of http://www.worldstadiums.com/

Honestly, I’m just relieved that something like Soldier Field didn’t happen.