The Ohio State University
Modifications to the venerable Ohio Stadium "Horseshoe" was not something the University nor OSPORTS/Osborn took lightly. The nationally renowned 95-year-old football stadium is held in high esteem by college football fans across the country. Therefore, when Ohio State retained us to add permanent field lighting and expand the seating capacity at the south end of the stadium we needed to proceed carefully and listen to impassioned comments from those interested in preserving the historical integrity of this enormous venue.
Stadium Expansion & Renovation
The $187 million complete stadium renovation included modernization of the entire facility. OSPORTS/Osborn’s responsibilities included all programming, planning, design and engineering for this very complex project. Significant constraints of the project included maintaining the use of the stadium for football during phased construction and assuring that seating capacity did not drop below pre-construction capacity at any time during the renovation. Key components include lowering the field and adding lower deck seating and luxury suites, extending the upper deck, designing a new, permanent end zone structure, adding and modernizing restrooms and concessions and upgrading ADA provisions. The project also included the addition of a new state of the art press box. The press box comprises three levels: an open-air camera deck level, a suite level and a press level. The camera deck space is tucked below the enclosed structure and measures 120’ long with ample room for the numerous network camera stations.
Permanent Field Lighting
Permanent field lighting was being installed for the first time. The University wanted OSPORTS/Osborn to provide a lighting system capable of meeting the NCAA Championship Game illumination levels that far exceed the standard foot-candle lighting requirements of a typical college stadium. The east lights were supported by steel framing that anchors to the original concrete superstructure, while the west lights were supported off the existing structure atop the press box.
In order to maximize attendance and game-day revenue, the University wanted to expand the south stands to accommodate additional seating. Using 3D laser scanning and Revit software we were able to accurately portray the as-built south stand construction. The new seating area was designed to seamlessly blend in with existing construction. The net result was the addition of 2,500 seats thus bringing the total capacity of Ohio Stadium to 107,000. Completed: 2014.
In partnership with OSU Athletics and the University Architect's office, OSPORTS designed the new OSU Football Player's Tunnel at Ohio Stadium. The project originated with Head Coach Urban Meyer, who wanted to enhance the players' experience prior to entering the playing field on game day. The program included a custom canopy design with side wall graphics, two portals, sports surface and a block 'O' holding area at the base of the tunnel. OSPORTS' original concept for phased development of the space allows for graphics and memorabilia to be added/changed each season. For example, the main tunnel area is slated to be the "Hall of Honor" where all the OSU Heisman Trophy winners will be displayed. Completed: 2014
OSPORTS/Osborn has provided concrete restoration, concrete repair and waterproofing for Ohio Stadium numerous times over the last 20 years. Most recently, OSPORTS provided structural engineering services for the concrete repair to the upper deck of the stadium. The original concrete seat deck was constructed in 1922. This project included repairs to concrete and joints. In addition, a traffic coating was applied to all concrete surfaces to prevent rain/snow from deteriorating the aging concrete. Repairs were necessary to maintain the usability of the stadium and to keep patrons safe. The work was phased over a 3-year period to keep a minimum of 60,000 seats available for spring football game and summer concert events. Work was suspended for each football season to allow for full stadium capacity of 107,000. The project came in significantly under budget allowing the University to reallocate funds to other Athletic venues on campus. Project Cost: $7 Million. Completed: 2019