After a year of no fans and strenuous protocol due to COVID-19, Ohio State football continues to receive news that things are returning to normal for the 2021 football season.
Ryan Day and the Ohio State football team had to go through one of the most bizarre seasons on record in which they were still able to go undefeated in Big Ten play and make it to the National Championship game. Now there is more news that things are going to return to normal in 2021.
The opening football game on Ohio State’s schedule will be played in Minnesota and will now be before a sold-out crowd. This is exciting news to follow a fellow Big Ten team to receive the go-ahead for a full stadium.
Even though the majority of fans will be cheering against the Buckeyes, there is a positive sense in having a stadium full again. This could also end up being a good first step in the Buckeye’s season, as Ohio State will have the opportunity to break in a new quarterback in a hostile environment before returning home for the home opener against a talented Oregon team.
Minnesota is a bit of an unknown this year, however, Oregon is expected to be one of the better teams they play this year. Building experience in the first game of the season will be a positive first step for whomever Ryan Day chooses as the opening day quarterback.
The Buckeyes are hopeful that seeing another team in the Big Ten deciding to go to full capacity will be enough to open the doors for Ohio State to be at full capacity this season. With nothing announced yet, Ryan Day and Gene Smith are still waiting to see if they get the all-clear.
Buckeye fans will be hoping that the state of Ohio allows for a full capacity crowd. With things seeming to be trending in the right direction there is growing optimism once again that Saturdays will bring 100,000 fans to the Shoe each week.