Columbus - November 15, 2013
There may be a course at the University of Montreal focusing on the Canadiens as a religion in Quebec, but in Columbus, the entire state is dedicated to worshipping the Ohio State Buckeyes. With a capacity of 102,239 – and a tailgate that draws over 150,000 fans for every home game – Ohio Stadium is the fourth largest NCAA football venue in the country. The third-ranked Buckeyes were away facing Illinois during our visit so we didn’t actually get to see the stadium at capacity, but even empty, it was enough to make us want to bust out our scarlet and grey and fire up the grill.
If the Buckeyes are the No.1 draw in Columbus, the Ohio State Marching Band might just be 1A. The iconic 225-member group has gone viral with some of its recent performances, from a Michael Jackson tribute on Oct. 20 to a Hollywood Blockbuster halftime show during the Penn State vs. OSU game on Oct. 26 that has generated over 13 million YouTube hits, and counting. The game itself enjoyed an audience of just 4.06 million… You don’t become “The Best Damn Band in the Land” without a little practice, and we were lucky enough to stumble upon a rehearsal during our time strolling around campus, getting a peek behind the curtain at how the band perfects its impressive numbers.