The 2016 slate of collegiate spring games wrapped up last weekend and the Ohio State Buckeyes ruled the roost once again. They found themselves at the top of the list for best attendance once again and they even broke their own record for highest attendance in history.
Last year, the Buckeyes broke the record, which they set in 2009, by flooding in 99,391 fans. They became the first team to bring in over 100,000 fans on Saturday as 100,189 fans piled into The Shoe to watch players like Raekwon McMillan and J.T. Barrett take the field.
The Buckeyes now how four spots (1, 2, 3, and 10) on the top ten list for highest spring game attendance numbers. The Georgia Bulldogs jumped into the top four with 93,000 at this year’s game, while the Alabama Crimson Tide hold three spots and SEC West rival Auburn Tigers hold the number nine spot.
It is safe to say that the spring game has turned into a different phenomenon over the last few years and it has helped some teams land some of the country’s best high school players. A few weighed in on the incredible site in Columbus on Saturday.
“The spring game was more than amazing, and to see 100,000 fans and to get so much love was amazing,” defensive back Jashen Wint said. “I got the chance to hangout with all my future teammates. I can’t wait to get up here.”
“It was great. I got to see how the OSU coaches relate to the players and how they really like to compete,” linebacker Christopher Oats said. “(I talked to) Coach Fickell and Coach Coombs. They said they like the way I run and how I play the game. They want me here for the camps.”
If the Ohio State Buckeyes are to continue their trend of spring game attendance like this, it is hard to believe that they wouldn’t always have a great crop of talent coming in every year.
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