Ah, Mondays: The beginning of the work week, the beginning of the school week and…football?
Yes, football, that glorious sport that we’ve all been waiting oh so long for. And not that No Fun League preseason football, I’m talking Ohio State Buckeyes football, well, kinda.
The 2009 Buckeyes will be holding their open practice this Monday at Ohio Stadium. If you’ve been too lazy to already click on the link and read the details, here they are. Gates will open to the public at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free.
The team is expected to arrive around 7:15 p.m. and practice will commence at approximately 7:30 p.m.
I imagine that there will not be any photography allowed (I haven’t heard anything to the fact, that’s just my guess). Get your pre-game on by checking out the newly renovated William Oxley Thompson library where Tressel will be signing your framed/bronzed copies of The Winner’s Manual. Besides that, there will be no autograph session. Your’s truly will be in attendance and I will be taking detailed hastily scribbled notes for all of you who aren’t able to make it out.
But wait, there’s more!: This open practice will also serve as your first opportunity to check out the renovations that have been going on on the north side of the stadium.
The long and short of it is this: retired numbers will be moved to the right to make room for a new LED scoreboard so that all of us in the south stands won’t have to break our necks trying to check out the replay of the most recent controversial plays, and a new tribute board to all of the national championship years will take its place to the right of the scoreboard to round out the ensemble.
Also, new digital ribbon advertising boards will be going up along the east and west facades.