Urban Meyer doesn't like night games at Ohio Stadium. He loves night games at Ohio Stadium.
He thinks they're awesome. And magical. Just read this:
“A night game at Ohio Stadium is awesome," Meyer said on Tuesday's Big Ten coaches teleconference. "Last year was magical. We had Penn State and Wisconsin at night. One of the greatest environments I’ve ever experienced, and I know our players feel even stronger about it. That came up in the locker rooms by our players, about the night game, and we are very appreciative of probably the largest crowd ever to watch a Buckeye game in that stadium.”
The Buckeyes are hosting the Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday night in Columbus. And though this game was probably a much bigger deal when it was scheduled — Virginia Tech's in a bit of a lull — there's still plenty of anticipation for it this weekend.
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But it's not like Meyer is just some sort of nocturnal football vampire who loves playing at night. He's got his reasons. It turns out that night games have a lot of positives when it comes to recruiting and high school players making their visits to campus.
“No. 1 is the atmosphere and the visibility. Everyone’s going to watch. If you’re not here, you’re seeing it on TV, and it shows so well our stadium. And that’s coming from a lot of people. I haven’t seen it on TV, but people say it’s unbelievable: the fireworks and just what happens in that stadium in the evening," Meyer said. "And then there’s the more logistic part of the conversation of getting people here to the game and not being rushed. If someone shows up in the middle of the first quarter or they have to get up at 5 a.m. to get here, that’s not really setting up for a nice visit. So these kids can come watch people tailgate, be a part of the pageantry of a really incredible setting and go watch a game. The negative is you get done real late at night, but I think with young people that’s not an issue.”
National TV. Good for the program. Good for recruits. Maybe every game should be a night game at Ohio Stadium.