A football game in late November in Columbus, Ohio usually means one thing, the traditional clash between Ohio State and Michigan. This year will be no different, as Ohio Stadium is set to host that game on Saturday, November 24th. However, the night before, the Bowling Green State University Falcons will play a home game away from its base of Doyt Perry Stadium in Bowling Green, Ohio, with a game versus Mid-American Conference foe Buffalo at Columbus Crew Stadium. So now the Falcons will look to hold on to at least a share of the MAC East Division crown at the game titled like a heavyweight prize fight, the Black Friday Bash: Clash In Columbus.
So why would a school move its home finale roughly 120 miles from its actual home in northwest Ohio? Since Bowling Green is a small college town, games on the weekend following Thanksgiving have traditionally had poor attendance. When the school thought of perhaps moving the game elsewhere, they noted that a great deal of BGSU alumni happen to live in Columbus. So the program contacted the Crew and worked out a deal to play the game at the 20,145-capacity soccer-specific stadium. CCS is slightly smaller than Perry Stadium and should offer great sightlines for what should be a festive occasion for Falcons fans in Buckeye country. Though the stadium has hosted high school games in the past, this will be the first Division I football game in the thirteen year history of the facility.
Even with the distance from Bowling Green, the school is taking measures to make Crew Stadium feel as close to a Falcon home game as possible. The university is using the game as a way to raise the profile of the program by playing at a neutral site in front of audiences on ESPNU and online at ESPN3, as well as a recruitment tool for high school players in the Columbus area. The game will also serve as a chance to engage BGSU alumni, press conferences noted the concession stands will feature Bowling Green favorites and there are special tailgates planned. For fans left behind in Bowling Green, there are buses planned for the public(for a charge) with free buses for students.
So far, the school said they're happy with ticket sales with plenty of time left before the Friday, Nov. 23 kickoff. Tickets for the game start at $19.65 (including the service charge) and can be purchased through BGSUfalcons.com.