COLUMBUS, Ohio – New this year and good news for fans (and future fans) who attend Ohio State sporting events: four more athletic department intercollegiate sports – men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s gymnastics – will now feature home events that are free to attend.

Women’s soccer is the first Ohio State team to get the 2009-10 season underway. The Buckeyes welcome Bowling Green to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Admission to the game is free.

OSU vs. Bowling Green 7:30 p.m. TONIGHT 

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The elimination of admission prices for the four sports grows Ohio State’s “admission is free” list (regular season events only) to 24 sports. Those sports and their home event locations are: 

  • M&W Cross Country (OSU Golf Course)
  • Co-ed Fencing (French Field House & RPAC)
  • Field Hockey (North Turf Field)
  • M&W Golf (OSU Golf Course)
  • M&W Gymnastics (St. John Arena)
  • Women’s Ice Hockey (OSU Ice Rink)
  • Women’s Lacrosse (Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium)
  • Co-ed Pistol (Converse Hall)
  • Co-ed Rifle (Converse Hall)
  • Rowing (Griggs Reservoir)
  • M&W Soccer (Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium)
  • Softball (Buckeye Field)
  • M&W Swimming and Diving (McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion)
  • Synchronized Swimming (McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion)
  • M&W Tennis (Stickney Tennis Center & OSU Varsity Indoor Tennis Center)
  • M&W Track and Field (French Field House and Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium)
  • Men’s Volleyball (St. John Arena)

The decision to eliminate admission prices for selected Ohio State sporting events is considered a win-win situation in all aspects. The athletics department wants to encourage more fans to attend Ohio State sporting events and it also wants to grow the visibility of its programs.

Free admission also will help to:

  • Generate larger crowds for our student-athletes to compete in front of as well as a dynamic home game atmosphere for those in attendance;
  • Recruit new sports fans to events on campus;
  • Enable fans to have a more enjoyable experience at the events; and
  • Remove cost barrier decisions for the fans.

Ohio State continues to charge admission prices for eight sports: football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s hockey, baseball, wrestling, women’s volleyball, and men’s lacrosse. Conference championships and NCAA events held on campus typically have a price for admission, as well. 

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