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Entrance to Ohio Field, 1909

Ohio & University Field

  • University Field built in 1898
  • Renamed Ohio Field in 1908
  • sat as many as 21000 fans
  • Located West of High Street and south of Woodruff Avenue(the road that turns into Woody Hayes Drive)
  • Harley's Rock now sits at site of Ohio Field; it reads "Site of Ohio Field(1903-21), where Charles W. "Chic" Harley, All-American halfback in 1916-17-19, performed those feats that made him an Ohio State football legend and sparked the public enthusiasm which led to the construction of Ohio Stadium."
  • immortalized in the lyrics of "Buckeye Battle Cry"("Ohio Field will hear again the Buckeye Battle Cry")
  • first game 10/1/1898 v. Heidelburg(W, 17-0)
  • final game 11/19/1921 v. Illinois(L, 0-7)

    University Field after the turn of the century(OSU Armory visible in background)

    Action at Ohio Field in 1916, when Chic Harley starred for Ohio

    Ohio Field grandstand

    Harley's Rock

    OSU Athletic Park

  • Served as home of the Buckeyes from 1892-1897
  • West of Neil Avenue and Dormitory on South Campus
  • drew as many as 4000 fans
  • in 1897, Jack Park claims that the Buckeyes played at least a couple home games at the stadium of the Columbus minor league baseball team. I do not know the name of this stadium or which games were played there. For the purposes of this website, all 1897 home games are assumed to have been played at the Athletic Park.
  • first game 10/29/1892 v. Marietta(W, 80-0)
  • final game 11/25/1897 v. Ohio Wesylean(L, 0-6)

    The Buckeyes practice at the Athletic Park, 1892

    Recreation Park

  • located on south side of Columbus
  • on the corner of South High and Whittier Streets
  • first home of OSU football(1890 and 1891)
  • first game 11/1/1890 v. Wooster(L, 0-64)
  • final game 11/28/1891 v. Denison(W, 8-4)
  • OSU record just 1-3 at Recreation Park

    The Buckeyes play Denison in their final game(and only win) at Recreation Park