Ohio State to play spring game in Cincinnati

Ohio State confirmed today what it had been talking about doing this summer: The Buckeyes will play their 2013 spring game at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

The move was prompted by some renovation work to the concrete at Ohio Stadium that will be going on in the spring. The school worked closely with the Cincinnati Bengals to make the spring game, which will be held April 13, happen on the NFL team's home field.

“We are very appreciative to be able to bring the Buckeyes into Cincinnati and closer to our fans in the southern Ohio region,” athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement.

Ticket prices haven't gone on sale yet but will be $18 for club seats, $12 for general public and $5 for ages 2 through 6. There should be a high demand for tickets after the Buckeyes went 12-0 this season. Last spring, Ohio State had the nation's largest spring crowd as 81,112 came out to The Shoe in poor weather conditions to see Urban Meyer kick off his tenure. Paul Brown Stadium seats a little more than 65,500.

It will be sort of a homecoming for Meyer, who played college football at Cincinnati. And, of course, it won't hurt to get the Buckeyes some visibility in a part of the state that is rich with high school talent.