Ohio State sets spring game record with 99,341

The Ohio State Buckeyes fans went above and beyond for the annual spring game on Saturday, with nearly 100,000 people showing up to fill the stadium.

If that sounds like a lot, well, it is. It is also a new record for the highest attendance at a spring game in college football history.

Hours before kickoff, Ohio State officials said they had expected 80,000 people to show. The estimate was based off of early ticket sales, but it is clear that the fans were more eager to watch the scrimmage from the team that will be defending the national championship in 2015.

The exact number of fans to attend the 2015 Ohio State spring game was 99,341.

“99,000 people? I think I heard that over the PA system. I’m not surprised but extremely grateful to have that many come watch a scrimmage. At times it wasn’t a very pleasant scrimmage,” head coach Urban Meyer said, via ESPN.com.

“We grab a hand after each time we come into the stadium, and we’re very grateful for the blessings to be able to play this great game, first of all, and secondly where we play it. I imagine it has to be some kind of record.”

The Buckeyes beat their previous record of 95,722.

You can see the ten big crowds in spring game history below:

  • 99,341 – Ohio State (2015)
  • 95,722 – Ohio State (2009)
  • 92,310 – Alabama (2011)
  • 92,138 – Alabama (2007)
  • 91,312 – Alabama (2010)
  • 84,050 – Alabama (2009)
  • 83,401 – Auburn (2013)
  • 81,112 – Ohio State (2012)
  • 80,149 – Nebraska (2008)
  • 78,526 – Alabama (2012)

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