COLUMBUS (WCMH) -- The sun had barely crossed the horizon when Gary Wick started to setting up his tailgating spot in the shadow of the Horseshoe.
The grill was hot and full of burgers, dogs, and baked beans when we started talking about what the Spring Game means to him.
“They entertain us every weekend, it’s the least we can do for them to be here,” said Wick, who had called in sick to his coal mining job this Saturday to be at the game with his 4 kids.
The aspect about the game that had him most interested was the battle to determine which quarterback would start for the Buckeyes in the fall.
Assessing young talent is pretty common, according to Damian Hamilton.
Hamilton and his wife Sabrina are attending another Spring Game and always find them exciting.
This one however was extra special because their son Davon Hamilton would be playing a bigger role than in the past.
Hamilton is a redshirt junior defensive tackle and could be seeing a fair bit of time on the field this year.
By the time the game started, the stadium was not completely full but few seats were available in the lower sections.
Another roughly 20,000 seats were cordoned off due to maintenance happening at the stadium.
Still, thousands of people shelled out money to watch what in, essence, is a glorified practice.
And because they love their team that much, any chance they can show their support is worth the price of admission even if it is the barest of glimpses of what could be this fall.
The summer months are approaching and true Buckeye fans can’t wait for them to pass so they can return to the ‘Shoe and cheer on their scarlet and gray.