By 1808Delaware

It’s our annual look today at the slate of Ohio Stadium home games during the upcoming football season for the Ohio State Buckeyes, which begins next month.

When the Ohio State Buckeyes take the field at Ohio Stadium, the roar of the crowd is unmistakable. But the excitement of home games impacts life far beyond the stadium, affecting Delaware County and all of central Ohio.

2024 Home Game Lineup

The 2024 season boasts eight thrilling home games, featuring Big Ten rivals like Iowa, Nebraska, Purdue, Indiana, and Michigan. Additional matchups against Akron, Western Michigan, and Marshall round out the schedule. Here’s the lineup:

  • August 31: Akron, 3:30 PM
  • September 7: Western Michigan, 7:30 PM
  • September 21: Marshall
  • October 5: Iowa
  • October 26: Nebraska
  • November 9: Purdue
  • November 23: Indiana
  • November 30: Michigan

Game Days and Columbus Traffic: What to Expect

Buckeyes’ home games are a mixed blessing for Columbus. While they bring a surge of business to local restaurants, bars, and shops, they also turn the roads into a maze of traffic. Streets like Olentangy River Road, Lane Avenue, and High Street become packed, making any Saturday drive a challenge.

This season, game times vary from afternoon to evening, with a 7:30 PM kickoff against Western Michigan and a 3:30 PM start against Akron. These varying times mean traffic patterns will differ, impacting not just fans but everyone on the road.

Central Ohio Feels the Ripple Effect

The impact of game days isn’t confined to Columbus. Highways like I-70 and I-71 see increased traffic, affecting travel for those in nearby cities and towns. This congestion can lead to more accidents, prompting local law enforcement to step up their presence.

Public transportation systems like the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) often adjust their schedules and routes to manage the influx of fans, causing delays for regular commuters who rely on these services.

If you live in Columbus or plan to travel through during Ohio State home games, here are some tips to help you navigate the traffic:

  • Plan Ahead: Check the Buckeyes’ schedule and be aware of game times. Adjust your travel plans accordingly.
  • Use Alternative Routes: If possible, avoid the main roads leading to Ohio Stadium.
  • Take Public Transport: Consider using COTA services or other public transportation options to dodge the traffic.
  • Stay Updated: Keep an eye on real-time traffic updates through apps or local news channels.

Whether you’re a Buckeyes fan or just trying to get around town, knowing how game days affect traffic can make your life easier. In Columbus, football isn’t just a game; it’s a citywide event that leaves its mark in more ways than one.

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