Photo: Ohio Stadium // Courtesy: 97.1 The Fan
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After Michigan beat Purdue this year 28-10, Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh had some heated words for the host school.
He accused the Boilermakers of having substandard facilities.
“This is league-wide,” he said. “It needs to be addressed by the league, it needs to be addressed by the commissioner.”
The Big Ten, it should be noted, actually does have a “Conference Football Game Management Manual,” but Harbaugh would apparently like to see the policies outlined there go further.
“There needs to be a way to X-ray a player at the stadium. There needs to be a minimum standard of care for the players,” he continued. “We put a lot of emphasis on health and safety of the players, but it didn’t even seem sanitary.”
Ohio State travels to Michigan this year, but considering that Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer has agreed with Harbaugh regarding a need for the Big Ten to have requirements for visiting locker rooms, this is a good time to ask what sort of accommodations OSU provides teams that come to Columbus.
The Buckeyes do have the ability to X-ray players at Ohio Stadium. If an MRI is needed, that equipment is a minute away by ambulance.
According to the documents Ohio State distributes to visiting teams, and which were also provided to 97.1 The Fan, the school supplies opponents with 600 pounds of crushed ice, 300 towels, a stretcher, golf cart, crutches, and biohazard waste containers as well.
The visitor’s athletic training room has three taping tables, two whirlpools, and a “stocked courtesy table.”
Visiting teams are afforded the use of two athletic training students during games and have a doctor available to them. That’s on top of paramedic services available “throughout the game. A vehicle is also reserved for transportation to the Ohio State University Medical Center, if needed.”
Finally, teams are told they can make additional necessary arrangements in advance. Contact information for the associate director of event management is given so as to facilitate any such requests.
Ohio State furnishes a police escort from the hotel to the stadium on game day, and from the game “to the airport or to I-270” after.
Security is provided for the buses and equipment truck while they are parked at The Shoe.
The documentation also outlines OSU’s policy of sweeping the visiting team’s equipment for explosives. “This is a mandatory check,” Ohio State notes.
As you might remember, this has been an issue with the Michigan game before.
One of Harbaugh’s complaints about Purdue was the stifling heat. Ohio State’s visiting locker room, on the other hand, is air conditioned.
“We have an appropriate HVAC system,” said spokesman Ben Johnson. He also notes there are 70 lockers there.
The Buckeyes put at the disposal of their opponents two ball boys. They offer the teams that come to Columbus game programs and “Coke product per request.”
The next time Michigan will travel to OSU is on November 24, 2018. This Saturday’s game is a noon start, and it airs on 97.1 The Fan.