COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State Buckeyes will sport custom-painted helmets honoring the American military as part of the 2011 Spring Football Game tribute to America’s finest on Saturday, April 23, at Ohio Stadium. That day will feature tributes to the 75th anniversary of Jesse Owens’ Olympic performance in Berlin, as well as recognition of servicemen and women and Buckeye All-Americans.

The distinctive football helmets are painted in a silver, gray and black camouflage pattern registered and designed specifically for Ohio State. Each helmet will feature an American flag decal on the front and a Jesse Owens commemorative decal on the back.

Ohio State players will be wearing the specially commissioned helmets throughout their 2011 spring practices. Following the Spring Game, all but 25 helmets will be sent away to be repainted in the traditional Buckeye silver.

Each of the 25 remaining “camo” helmets will be individually numbered, autographed by Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel and then sold, with the sale benefiting the Ohio National Guard Family Readiness and Warrior Support Program, LiFE (Learning in Fitness & Education) through Sports Program and  the Ruth and Jesse Owens Scholars Fund.

These helmets were sold off-line on a first-come, first-served basis for $1,000.00/helmet (limit one per an individual).  Each helmet will come with a special Certificate of Authenticity, which will include the purchaser’s name, helmet number and OSUDA signature authenticating the item of purchase. The helmet sale will began with the start of spring practice on Thursday, March 31, 2011. As of 6:00 PM on Thursday, March 31, 2011 Ohio State has sold out of these 25 limited edition helmets. 

The fourth annual lacrosse Showdown in the Shoe, which features the No. 17/19-ranked Ohio State men’s lacrosse team taking on Fairfield, precedes the football spring game, with the ECAC Lacrosse League contest beginning at 11 a.m. The Showdown in the Shoe has set NCAA men’s lacrosse regular-season and on-campus attendance records each of its first three seasons, reaching 31,078 at the 2010 event.

One ticket admits fans to both the men’s lacrosse and football games. All seating is general admission. Tickets if purchased in advance are $7 each and may be purchased in any of the following ways:

  • (click SHOP then click TICKETS)
  • Call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000
  • In person at any Ticketmaster outlet or the OSU Ticket Office

(Additional service charges apply for each of the above methods, except when purchasing at the OSU Ticket Office in person.)

On game day, tickets cost $15 and are available for purchase only at Ohio Stadium; cash only.