I'll be making the trip down as well. Does anybody have any parking advice?
Columbus Survival Advice
Wear Michigan gear at your own peril.
I was st the '06 game in all maize and blue and ill do the same on Saturday.
Wear Bobcats gear and chant "Beat Ohio" a lot. It won't help you survive but the looks you'll get will be priceless.
Always handy anytime you visit Columbus, and never wear any Michigan stuff into a restaurant, you can rest assured those OSU graduates working there will food poison you out of jealousy!
The Michigan Alumni Association Tailgate. You'd be amongst commoners.
Will there be parking at the Fawcett Center for the Michigan Alumni Association Tailgate? Or do you park somewhere else and walk to the tailgate?
Never heard of it.
My buddy had his tires slashed a few years back. Worth it to rent a car for the day.
My buddy had that happen to him too. Actually, it was somewhat lucky because the AAA guy checked out his car and found out that the gas cap area/gas tank had a bunch of stuff in it (paper, trash, etc). It could've been really dangerous for both his car and possibly himself.
I was down there for 1 vs. 2 with a few Ohio buddies. Somebody threw a full beer at me walking down state street. Luckily it missed, and one of my Ohio friends (who was a middle linebacker in high school) knocked the shit out of the guy.
It was probably a young Braxton Miller who threw the beer.
Go in all Maize n Blue man. I know Columbus is insufferable but don't let the people here get too far under your skin. My best advice would be not to get emotionally unraveled over verbal assault. It's going to happen. The worst thing you could do is entertain the asshats whose life depends on disparaging "scUM" fans. Don't give them the impulsive reaction they're looking for.
There's surprisingly enough UM fans here to make me wonder if some might be able to collaborate and rendezvous at "X" bar to watch the game. Strength in numbers would certainly deflect some of the unwarranted encounters one would experience as a visiting fan. I am sure I need no corroboration when I say there are zero UM bars/establishments in Ohio; particularly Columbus.
So, let us make one.
can anybody make this look good/ make it a shirt
Best I could do
Don't be an asshat, don't take the bait. They will talk shit, some more than others. Overall, their bark is much worse than their bite. I was kicked once, from behind, resulted in bit of a bruise. I always wear maize and blue, any Michigan fan should. Have fun! Go Blue.
If you don't mind walking 45 minutes, try parking near Upper Arlington high school. It is a long walk, but it is a safe, nice neighborhood.
You can park for free in Upper Arlington, the neighborhood west of the stadium. Then you can take a 1.5 mile walk to the game.
To get there take 315 South to Lane Ave and then turn right (going west). Then turn left onto Northstar Road (there is a Speedway, Chase, and Puzza Hut in the corner). Once you're going south on Northstar, you can turn right into any of the next 6 or so streets and park for free. The best streets to park on are Berkshire, Cardiff, Doone, Essex, Guilford, Genoble, and Barrington. It's a relatively nice neighborhood, so there's not a high likelihood that your car will get messed with.
From there, you can walk up the path that starts at Guilford and Northstar.
I live on Berkshire and will be waiting outside my house, just west of the corner of Berkshire and Northstar to meet up with fellow Michigan fans. I'll be leaving at 11:00 am.
All are welcome to meet and walk together.
You may want to hop on 42 south just south of Delaware, then take that 5 or so miles to 257. Take 257 south and it turns into 33/Ruverside dr. Pretty drive and then you can turn left up into Upper Arlington. That's if you're freeway-averse.
in the Walking Dead. I think they carry a crossbow, axe and shotgun most of the time.
Hope you have a great time and be careful when M wins.
Smear the guts on those undead ohio fans all over yourself. Throws them off of your scent
Nobody fucks with you when you hang out with Amadou Ba.
But don't walk to the stadium down lane... Walk through the campus! Sounds so nuts... But it's a ghost town compared to lane ave
Much less abuse. But they are "paper tigers" those Ohio fans...
If you get fast food, always order it to go. Ohio charges sales tax on eat-in food, but not on carry-out. Order your fast food to go, then sit down at a table and eat it if you like; otherwise, those hard-earned few extra cents will help fund the state university system . . .
Like at McDonald's they charge you more to have ur food put on a tray and not into a paper bag? Seems kinda ass backwards, but then again it is ohlieo
Gotta love the fast food lobby
There are more taxes on dine in than carry out food at restaurants in Ohio.
On the drive into town, pick up a cheap Ohio hat/paraphenalia. It will feel disgusting, but just stick in in your winshield. Don't risk someone seeing a Mich license plate and doing something stupid to your car
During the game the girls seem to do a lot more talking than the guys. The best way to keep them quiet is to offer them some skoal.
I've had some bad experiences down there, but last time we parked at the Columbus Crew stadium and took the shuttle for $5.50 and it was a really easy experience. Lot was easy to get to because it's far enough from the campus that the traffic is not too bad. Shuttle dropped us off right near the stadium and it was an easy ride back to the lot after the game.
What a bunch of assholes. Be safe, Wolverines. Glad I'll be watching from safety of home.
deposit thing makes a big difference in AA. Dudes walking around with garbage bags can hear aluminum hit the concrete from a mile away. The only fights you see are territorial disputes over mineral rights.... lol.
It's like Mardi Gras. Columbus measure the success of a game in how many tons of garbage they collect, and how many miles away the urine can be smelled.
buckeye fan throws a beer at you the best thing you can be is the intended target. He will undoubtedly miss and hit one of his fellow assholes. It will be fucking hilarious.
I went in 2006. Wore the colors, cheered as loud as I could. Got lots of verbal abuse, but that's about it. Just make up your mind you're not going to react to that stuff. It was hard to not get into it at first, but after awhile they just sound like Charlie Brown's parents. I agree with others that have said C'bus is probably safer when the Buckeyes win, partly because the urge to talk smack after we win would be hard to resist, and removing the satisfied smile from my face would be impossible.
We did rent a car shortly after crossing into Ohio, so avoided the whole Michigan license plate = vandalism thing.
I've been to a lot of games in Columbus and taken my fair share of verbal abuse. Most of it is good fun but some is not. It can be very hard to differentiate so the best action is not to engage. If you are the sarcastic type (I am) this can be difficult. A noon start helps. The maniacs have a limited time to lube up.
I've never been to Columbus for a game, but I've heard it's actually the opposite - their fans become more subdued if we win, whereas if they win, the sociopaths get extra riled-up.
In 2006, the Buckeyes were on their best behavior the day after the death of Bo.
Won't be the case this year.
I'm pretty sure jingling keys or a Fake Eddie George sighting will get me out of the OSU mayhem. If that doesn't work just grab someone who looks like your sister and start making out with her...you'll fit right in.
Seriously though, I wear 2 jackets or sweatshirts into the game with my Michigan one on the outside. In the 4th quarter I switch them so my plain gray one is on the outside. Call me what you will but it's kept me alive.
Secondly, if we win, I treat it like when I win an argument with my wife...I keep it to myself until I am safely out of earshot. Good luck, god bless, and go blue.
watch from the comfort and safety of your couch. Why walk where the bear walks, poke the bear and then have to defend yourself because they lose. Bunch of neanderthals!
I live here in Ohio. Don't go.
Unless your idea of fun is getting swore at, having beer thrown at you and having to defend the occasional sucker punch thrown by a drunk. If that sounds like fun then by all means go.
I cannot possibly explain to people whose experience in attending games has occurred in AA that Columbus is NOTHING like what you're used to. Nothing.
A friend of mine who went to Texas attended the game here a few years ago. He could not believe how the fans behaved and that the police and security condoned it. His remark was "these people are animals". I simply said "welcome to my world."
Do not go.
Interestingly enough many Ohio fans believe the behavior at their stadium is reflective of EVERY stadium. My response has always been the same to my friends. I offer to take them to a MIchigan Ohio State game in Ann Arbor and I tell them I'll wear Ohio gear to the game and they can observe how I'm treated IF they'll where Michigan gear to a game in Columbus. At that point none of them want to take the deal.
Do not go.
I work in Toledo and am astounded when Bucknuts try to rationalize their insane behavior with the "it's this way everywhere" excuse.
It's not. Not at all. write it off as mass delusion as a defense mechanism against their subconscious acknowledgment that they are, in fact, bat-shit crazy and fringing on sociopathic.
Anyway, i am going. Got a sweet deal on tix and will be with a group of ten
Go Blue. Beat ohio
This. It is what I imagine a night game at LSU to be like except the atmosphere isn't so much about warm, night and booze driven fun with a hatred of the opposing team as much as a cold, bleak and unified fanbase that is given absolute authority to hate the FANS of opposing teams however they see fit. They win or make a good play? Expect more than many to talk trash before throwing a punch, beer or rock like a drunken retarded monkey whether you ignore them or not. They lose or make a bad play? Same exact thing. I absolutely hate saying "don't go" and many UM fans will go and not be bothered too badly. However, I promise you, there will be tales of horror after the game this year, win or lose. I am not kidding when I say that even having Michigan plates (not UM but merely Michigan state car plates) puts you in even the light danger of being pulled over the closer you get to that trash heap called Cbus. I've just heard too many first hand stories (after loss and victory) of fan violence and police looking the other way and/or participating with BS tickets and such to ever go by myself. Friend took his (now) wife to The Game during osu's title year a decade ago. He was personally hit by 4 random objects and said one grazed him with the feel, look and eventual thump of a AA battery. Sure, not a D or C but a battery still. After the game, a group of 8-10 guys he said ranged from 20-ish to 40-ish followed him as they speed walked to their ride. On the way they were called a ton of nasty shit before he finally had enough and turned around to defend himself and his then GF. The group stops, collectively yell random ways of how they'll beat his ass and "aren't afraid to hit a bitch" and one sexually threatned his now wife. One guy then spit at them but I guess it fell short before a group of random UM and osu fans collectively came to their defense (he said it seemed like a family of mixed fans as they all seemed to know each other). They got between the group and as soon as it was broken up they basically thanked the group and almost jogged back to their ride before getting out of town. He said he will NEVER go back with less than 10 people and no women. osu fan's are largely hooligans and they take pride in it. That is the scary part. They take pride in it, in throwing batteries and threatening opposing fans during games. Even MAC games and fans get messed with. Not like UM fans but it still shows their chimp herd like behavior.
I think the best and most accurate portion of your post was the "they take pride in it" portion.
True story - on my last foray to Columbus (2002 game) we went with the same guys I tailgate with every Saturday at Michigan. A bunch of slighly overweight, good natured, quiet Dentists in their then late 50's. Not exactly a threatening bunch to say the least. As we were walking into the game with a ton of people some drunks behind us started making the typical OSU "Fuck Michigan, Ann Arbor is whore, Fuck you guys" type chants people here in Ohio think are witty. No response from us we kept walking and ignoring them. After listening to it for about 5-10 minutes one of our guys turned around and said "common guys - it's just a game...take it easy". That's it. Then we turned around and started walking again. About 30 seconds later - while standing at a light waiting to cross a street - in a large crowd of people - in FULL VIEW of a Policeman - my buddy got sucker-punched in the side of the head and went down hard. The cop stared at the entire event and did nothing. Nothing. The crowd around us did nothing (some laughed though). Once we got our guys back to his feet I went to the cop and was basically yelling "arent you going to DO anything? You just saw what happened!" His response? "You shouldn't have worn the shirt".
You want to go into that hell-hole and deal with that to watch a game? Have fun. I will never, ever go there again and would strongly advise anybody I care about to do the same. Until the city, the school and their idiot fanbase starts to realize it IS "just a game" it will be no fun for anybody to go. Unless you enjoy fighting -then by all means attend and have a great,great time.
Not BS'n you when I say that I think my friend mentioned seeing that! That (along with other stories) is why I said even the police join in as I truly recall him seeing someone physically assaulted and despite a couple of cops seeing it they did nothing. I'm truly not out to make it seem like Somolia or something as, again, most UM fans will be fine. It is just sad that many won't and the osu fanbase takes pride in it as it is allowed to happen. When they come here they get a lighthearted "GO BLUE!" or "osu sucks", etc. That is it. We and the AA police realize it is a game. Down there they take pride in being truly horrible in packs. Not every scarlett colored wolf will attack you near its home but enough will, especially in packs, to advise that you do not go without numbers. Again, my good buddy refuses to ever go there again without 10+ people and he can handle himself. They just form packs and attack both before, during and after the game. Sometimes with fists, sometimes with batteries and mostly with words. Sadly, most pathetically, even if you ignore the words they merely up the ante to the previously mentioned.