College Stadium Review: Peden Stadium

The state of Ohio is as football crazed as any in the nation. High school football is huge and produces many college stars. The Ohio State Buckeyes are the defending national champions and rule the state. But if you think all there is to Ohio is the Buckeyes, you’d be wrong. The Mid American Conference has a long tradition of college football greatness. Many of football’s biggest names got their start in the MAC. For example, Urban Meyer’s first head coaching job in FBS football was in the MAC at Bowling Green.

The MAC is well represented in Ohio and Peden Stadium is a great place to catch the action. The Ohio Bobcats call Peden Stadium home and you can see all of the great college football teams from those two rival states, Ohio and Michigan, who make up most of the conference.

Former Nebraska head coach Frank Solich coaches the Bobcats. He has been at Ohio for 11 years now and has compiled a record of 71-56. Since 2007 he has taken the Bobcats to six bowl games, winning the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in 2011 over Utah State 24-23 and the Independence Bowl in 2012 over ULM 45-14.

Peden Stadium has been the home of the Bobcats since 1929. It holds 24,000 green clad Bobcat fans on fall Saturdays who cheer the team on to victory. It is the oldest stadium in the MAC and the seats are all close to the action. Peden Stadium in Athens has that high school Friday night football feel when it was all about the game, the band, the cheerleaders and not about corporate skyboxes and entertaining clients.

Enjoy some of the best tailgating in the MAC before the game. Athens is known as a great party town and you can have a great time before and after the game at such spots as Jackie O’s Pub, Pawpurr’s, Tony’s or Court Street Diner. While at Peden Stadium, watch the action while enjoying your favorite concession items such as bratwurst, hot dogs, popcorn, pizza slices and hot chocolate.

The Bobcats 2015 home schedule will include Marshall, SE Louisiana, Miami (OH), Western Michigan, Kent State and Ball State. That makes two opponents from Ohio and one from Michigan out of the six home games at Peden Stadium this season.  Be sure to get your tickets for these great college football weekends now.

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The Bobcats band and students keep the energy up in the stands and fuel the team on the field. They pack the east stands for every home game and give Peden Stadium a fantastic college football atmosphere.

The MAC has five bowl tie-ins including the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, the GoDaddy Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, the Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, the Boca Raton Bowl at the Florida Atlantic campus and the Bahamas Bowl. The Bobcats will be competing to land in one of these great bowl destinations.

So get out to Peden Stadium this season and watch the Ohio Bobcats battle the best of the MAC. Get your tickets now or you will miss out!

Graphic via stadiumjourney

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