Bottomless soda, on-field DJ, mobile tickets part of 2019 upgrades to Ohio Stadium

Bottomless soda, on-field DJ, mobile tickets part of 2019 upgrades to Ohio Stadium


DARLENE: IT IS OFFICIALLY AN OHIO STATE FOOTBALL GAME WEEK. JUST 5 DAYS NOW UNTIL THE SEASON OPENER FOR THE BUCKEYES! MARK: AND FOR THE MORE THAN 100 THOUSAND HEADING INTO THE STADIUM, THERE WILL BE SOME BIG CHANGES. MATT BARNES HAS A LOOK AT WHAT’S NEW IN THE SHOE. MATT BARNES: “LESS THAN A WEEK NOW UNTIL THE BUCKEYES TAKE ON FLORIDA ATLANTIC YOU’RE IN THE SHOE AND WHEN YOU COME TO THE STADIUM YOU’RE GOING TO NOTICE A FEW CHANGES.” FIRST UP, FOOD AND DRINKS. NEW THIS YEAR, BOTTOMLESS SODA. ONCE YOU BUY YOUR SOUVENIR SODA, YOU GET FREE REFILLS. JUST VISIT ONE OF THESE SELF-SERVE REFILL STATIONS IN A- DECK OR A CONCESSION STAND ON OTHER LEVELS. ALSO NEW, 9 GRAB AND GO BEVERAGE AND SNACK STANDS. ERICKA HOON/ ASST A.D., EVENT MANAGEMENT: “THEY MADE A CONCERTED EFFORT TO REALLY FOCUS ON SPEED OF SERVICE AND SO THIS WAS ONE OF THE OPPORTUNITIES TO GET THE FANS TO REMIND QUICKLY TO GET THE BEVERAGE OR A QUICK SNACK AND GET UP AND MOVING BACK TO THE SEAT TO ENJOY THE GAME.” MATT: “AND THERE’S NOTHING WORSE THAN WHEN YOU’RE TRYING TO SEND A TEXT OR TWEET AND YOU CAN’T GET SERVICE WELL OHIO STATE HAS UPGRADED TO WI- FI WITH THINGS LIKE THIS.” WORKERS PULLED MORE THAN 47 MILES OF COPPER AND FIBER AND ADDED MORE THAN 2,000 ACCESS POINTS — TO MAKE CONNECTING TO THE WIRELESS NETWORK EASIER! JIM NULL / SENIOR ASSOC. ATHLETIC DIRECTOR : “SO THEIR MOBILE DEVICE YOU’LL BE ABLE TO GET OUT ON ALL THE SOCIAL MEDIA TEXTING PHONE CALLS IT’LL JUST IMPROVE THE OVERALL EXPERIENCE FOR ALL OF OUR FANS.” FOR THOSE DRIVING BEAR THE STADIUM, YOU’LL NOTICE CANNON DRIVE IS BACK OPEN. AND FOR THOSE PARKING IN GARAGES, IT’S NOW CREDIT CARD ONLY WHILE SURFACE LOTS REMAIN CASH ONLY. WHAT’S NOT NEW THIS YEAR — SAFETY BEING A TOP PRIORITY. KIMBERLY SPEARS-MCNATT / OSU POLICE CHIEF: “WE WORK WITH A CITY OR COUNTY OR STATE OR FEDERAL LAW- ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO MAKE THIS A SAFE FAMILY FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT SO IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT IF YOU SEE SOMETHING PLEASE REACH OUT TO ONE OF US AND SAY SOMETHING.” NAME: “OF COURSE ALL OF THESE CHANGES ARE ALL ABOUT ENHANCING THE FAN EXPERIENCE BUT ONE THING THAT WOULD DEFINITELY NOT CHANGE AT OHIO STADIUM IS HOW LOUD THIS PLACE WILL BE ON 102,870 FANS ARE ALL ROOTING FOR THE SCARLET AND GRAY LOCAL FOR YOU MATT BARNES NBC4.” CHAT TIME ON UPCOMING OSU SEASON MARK: AND OUR GRIDIRON NATION COVERAGE STARTS BACK UP FRIDAY NIGHT AS PART OF NBC4 AT SEVEN. WE’LL START AT 7:30 WITH A LOOK AT THE OHIO STATE SEASON AHEAD, INCLUDING A PREVIEW OF THE 1ST OPPONENT– FLORIDA ATLANTIC. THAT’S EVERY FRIDAY AT 7:30, HERE ON NBC4. DARLENE:

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