The Jesse Owens Spring Game Honoring America’s Finest

• 2011 Spring Game Format and Scoring System

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Jesse Owens Spring Game honoring America’s finest is this Saturday as the Ohio State football team holds its annual spring scrimmage, presented by Nationwide, at Ohio Stadium. The football action will be in an offense-vs.-defense format, with both units battling for the right to wear the scarlet jerseys for August practice.

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will host Fairfield in an ECAC Lacrosse League game at 11 a.m. in the first portion of the doubleheader, with the football scrimmage beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Big Ten Network will televise both contests. Gates will open at 10 a.m., and the popular FanFest will begin at 10:30 outside St. John Arena. The Jesse Owens Classic in track and field will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and will resume Sunday at noon.

In the football scrimmage, the ball will be put in play at various spots to create a variety of game-like situations. Each drill will consist of 3-6 scripted plays. If the offense sustains its drive on its first possession, it will be allowed to continue the drive beyond the scripted plays to its conclusion. However, if the first drive is stopped and the offense starts over, the drive will end on the prescribed play no matter where the ball is located. Penalties will be assessed and will not count as a play if accepted. If the penalty is rejected, the play will count. Points can be scored by both the offense and the defense according to predetermined values for first downs, turnovers, long plays, etc.

Tickets are $7 in advance and $15 on Saturday at the stadium. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Athletics Ticket Office, online at, through Ticketmaster and at area McDonald’s locations. Day of game sales are cash only. Ohio State students get into the game free with a valid ID. Children age 6 and under will be admitted free of charge. Seating is general admission. Proceeds from various events surrounding the scrimmage benefit 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.

Special recognitions during the day will involve members of the Jesse Owens family and Buckeye football All-Americans. A number of active military and veterans groups, along with their families, will also be recognized. OSU coaches will wear military caps and the football team will be wearing special helmets 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, along with decals in memory of Jake Nickle, an OSU weight room volunteer, and Colleen Dobbins, daughter of assistant men’s lacrosse coach Dave Dobbins.

Open parking will be available in most of the lots surrounding Ohio Stadium. Shuttle service will be provided free of charge to fans parking in West Campus lots beginning at 9 a.m. Disability parking is available in the lot directly east of Ohio Stadium. RV parking is at Bill Davis Stadium.

Saturday’s forecast calls for rain throughout the day. Please be sure to dress appropriately; umbrellas cannot be used in Ohio Stadium.

Buckeye fans set national records when 95,722 were on hand at the Horseshoe for the football Spring Game (2009) and 31,078 watched the lacrosse action in 2010