Ohio Stadium
"The Horseshoe"
"The Shoe"
"The House That Harley Built”
Skorry-ohiostadium 6048
Location Columbus, Ohio
Broke ground August 3, 1921
Opened October 7, 1922
Renovated 2000–01
Expanded 1948, 1991, 2001, 2014
Owner The Ohio State University
Operator Ohio State University
Department of Athletics
Surface FieldTurf (2007–present)
Astroturf (1971–1989)
Grass (1922–1970, 1990–2006)
Construction cost US$1.34 million
($NaN in Template:Inflation-year dollars[1])
Architect Howard Dwight Smith
Class of 1907
General Contractor E. H. Latham Company
Tenants Ohio State Buckeyes (NCAA) (1922–present)
Ohio Glory (WLAF) (1992)
Columbus Crew (MLS) (1996–1998)
Capacity 104,944 (since 2014)

Ohio Stadium, also known as the Horseshoe, the Shoe, and the House That Harley Built, is an American football stadium in Columbus, Ohio, on the campus of The Ohio State University. Its primary purpose is the home venue of the Ohio State Buckeyes team; it also serves as the site for the university's Spring Commencement ceremonies each May. It also served briefly, for one season, 1992, as the home of the Ohio Glory of World League of American Football (WLAF).

From 1996 to 1998, Ohio Stadium was the home venue for the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer prior to the opening of Columbus Crew Stadium in 1999. The stadium also was the home venue for the OSU track and field teams from 1923–2001. In addition to athletics, Ohio Stadium is also a concert venue, with U2, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and Metallica among the many acts to have played at the venue.

The stadium opened in 1922 as a replacement for Ohio Field and had a seating capacity of 66,210. In 1923, a cinder running track was added that was later upgraded to an all-weather track. Seating capacity gradually increased over the years and reached a total of 91,470 possible spectators in 1991. Beginning in 2000, the stadium was renovated and expanded in several phases, removing the track and adding additional seating, which raised the capacity to 101,568 by 2001 and to 102,329 in 2007. In 2014, additional seating was added in the end zone, raising the official capacity to 104,944. It is the largest stadium by capacity in the state of Ohio, the third largest football stadium in the United States, and the fourth largest non-racing stadium in the world. Ohio Stadium was added to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service on March 22, 1974.


  1. Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2008. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved December 7, 2010.

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