Could Ohio State's spring game be played in 2013 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio?
Ohio State sent out a press release Wednesday stating that due to expected construction work at Ohio Stadium, they're exploring the possibility of having next April's 2013 Ohio State Spring Game in Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. The game is expected to be played April 13th, earlier than in years past.
First opened in August, 2000, the 65,535-seat stadium could conceivably be a full facility sell out. It also can't hurt Urban Meyer and defensive backs coach Kerry Coombs quest to mine the area for its premiere talent (which in years past had sometimes wound up at the likes of Notre Dame or otherwise). By playing the game closer to the southwest Ohio (and bordering) market(s), the Buckeyes could also in essence echo the actions of North Carolina's Larry Fedora, who took some UNC spring practices and staged them "on the road" in the spring of 2012.
The expected Ohio Stadium work includes (but is not limited to) stripping and replacing original coating down on A-deck and C-deck that wasn't done during the 1998-2001 Ohio Stadium restoration.