COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tickets for the fourth annual Showdown in the Shoe, which features the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team taking on Fairfield April 23 in Ohio Stadium, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. The ECAC Lacrosse League game will begin at 11 a.m. and precedes the Ohio State football spring game.
The Showdown in the Shoe has set NCAA men’s lacrosse regular-season and on-campus attendance records each of the first three seasons, reaching 31,078 at the 2010 event.
“We are thankful to the Ohio State athletics administration and the football program for again allowing us the opportunity to play in Ohio Stadium prior to the spring game,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “It’s a special day for both our program and the sport of lacrosse, especially in Ohio and the Midwest. We are excited for the chance to make history in our sport by breaking the regular season attendance record again while introducing the sport to even more fans this year.”
The football program is happy to share the field with the lacrosse team each spring.
“The Showdown in the Shoe has quickly become a Buckeye tradition – an exciting, competitive and action-packed start to a day at Ohio Stadium that also includes our spring football game,” Jim Tressel, Ohio State head football coach, said. “Our players really enjoy getting to interact with the lacrosse Buckeyes, and our fans get a chance to see two of our Ohio State teams in action.”
Single-game tickets, which include both the lacrosse game and football spring game, are $7 each when purchased prior to game day. Children 6 and under and Ohio State students (with BuckID) are admitted free. Gameday tickets will be $15 each and must be purchased with cash.
Tickets may be purchased by going online to www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com (click on TICKETS, then BUY SINGLE GAME TICKETS), by calling 800-745-3000, in person at any Ticketmaster outlet or in person at the OSU Ticket Office in the southeast corner of the Schottenstein Center. Note additional service charges apply to any phone or online ticket orders.
Tickets for groups of 50 or more are available prior to gameday for $5 each. The group rate is not available online; those interested in purchasing group tickets should call 614-292-0043.
“One of the most memorable experiences for our student-athletes is the opportunity to play in Ohio Stadium in front of record-setting crowds,” Heather Lyke, associate athletics director for sport administration, said. “We are grateful for the relationship we have with the football program and for Coach Tressel’s support of our men’s lacrosse program to allow this game to be played before the spring football game. Coach Myers and the coaching staff will have our team prepared and ready to compete.”
After a scrimmage at defending national champion Duke Saturday, the Buckeyes open the regular season with three-consecutive homes games. The 2011 slate begins against Detroit at 7 p.m. Feb. 10, followed by a game with Mercer two days later (1 p.m. Feb. 12). North Carolina comes to town Feb. 19. The game is scheduled to be played outdoors in Ohio Stadium, pending weather conditions. Fans are encouraged to prepurchase tickets for all three games to guarantee a spot to cheer on the Buckeyes. Tickets may be purchased through the outlets mentioned above.