Advice for trip to UM vs Ohio

Submitted by mxair23 on February 9th, 2014 at 5:33 PM

I have traveled to Columbus for business many times but I have not taken in a game. I am headed down there Tuesday and was looking for some advice:

Should I stay in the city and take a cab or stay close and walk?

What sections are best for UM fans?

Any other helpful advice?


Thanks in advance for your help!!


Doc Brown

February 9th, 2014 at 5:40 PM ^

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February 9th, 2014 at 5:41 PM ^

Stay in the downtown Arena district. There is a really nice Hampton Inn down there close to all the bars and restaurants. Take a quick cab ride to the Schottenstein Center. Other than that, dress warm and tip well.


February 9th, 2014 at 5:43 PM ^

would not help you at all.  I see them in Ann Arbor for games and they are treated like a fan.  The flip side is a matter of how you were raised in ohio.  The area near campus is BAD from what I recall.  I would stay on the outside circle and find a ride in to the game but someone may know better.  Easton Mall area is good.


February 10th, 2014 at 10:51 AM ^

If you have Michigan plates, my recommendation is to throw a red sweatshirt in the back and front windshield. This will make them think twice about keying it bc you could be a buckeye who happens to live in Michigan. If you have any buckeye gear, the better. I'm of the mindset I'd rather spend $5 at Walmart for a Buckeye decal than $$$ on damages to my car. All bets are off while in Columbus and you have to survive any way you can.


February 9th, 2014 at 5:50 PM ^

It depends on how much money you want to spend, but theres a Red Roof Inn and a few others within a stones throw of the Schott that you can stay at and walk to the arena. That would be cheaper than some of the nicer big box chain downtown hotels.


February 9th, 2014 at 5:55 PM ^

Stay in the Blackwell if it's available. Pricey, but it's a 4/5 star hotel attached to the business school.  Probably looking a $500 a night though.

Tons of upscale hotels downtown, but that's probably a 10-15 minute cab ride. 


February 9th, 2014 at 6:07 PM ^

Yeah, I'd stay downtown.  Not much around campus - hotels or decent joints for food.  Great places to eat downtown, and in Short North area.  If you can swing the Blackwell, it's nice, but may be full this late in the game.  I haven't had too much trouble with BBall games down here.  They don't really care much, unless the team's in the hunt for a national championship, which, clearly...  There was one game a few years ago, with my wife and two very young kids, when an old man put his finger in my face and chanted "just like football".  Over, and over. Restraint, my friends.  I'm debating going this year, hate the late tip.    


February 9th, 2014 at 6:44 PM ^

Recommend the hilton on High Street.  It's nice, medium price.  Eat at Northstar cafe if you haven't already.  Breakfast at Philco on HIgh street, the fried egg tacos.  Drinks at House Beer on High Street and hubbard (chill place, little hipster).  Coffee at one line on high street.  Lots of those places are new so you probably haven't been there yet.  


February 9th, 2014 at 7:05 PM ^

Everyone acts like a kid and shit talks the town and acts like the fans are looking to kill you. I have gone to events and nobody says shit. I have actually had a few good conversations with OSU fans who see my Michigan hat or shirt.

Reality is if your and asshole you're going to be treated like one. Sure there are a few drunk assholes, but those are minority. Frankly if you had a bad experience you may have drank too many that day.


February 9th, 2014 at 8:12 PM ^

but that is 100% not the rule, nor is getting jumped in the arena the exception. I've seen first hand how it can be even if sober, minding own business & escorting a wife/kids with you. Maybe football games are just WAY worse than bb but I've seen wild shit happen outside the shoe. I watched a cop smiling as a UM fan got beer tossed on him and spit on. I've seen literal D-cell batteries thrown into UM groups. Personally? I feel lucky having only been called the most foul things on Earth, once right in my ear. After I stopped and my group had had enough did a decent cop break up what was going to be a literal mini-battle. So, good for you (no sarcasm) but that town & fanbase is horrible. Not one bit scared of it but I avoid it AMAP. Haven't been to a game there since JT was fired so maybe it's better? Just not the 100% "near stadium normal" you speak of if sober. Not in my (or others I know) experience.

rob f

February 10th, 2014 at 10:25 AM ^

in Columbus (we were in town for The Game) back in '90 as we walked into a bar somewhere on High Street.  Turned out to be not so bad once I and my buddy dried off, as they spared my wife and my buddy's girlfriend the "beer baptism".  In fact, the perpetrators bought us a round and, other than the drenching and lots of laughs at our expense, the enemy treated us well in that tavern. 

From what I heard back at the hotel later (Hilton downtown), it was a well-known tradition at that particular bar to treat Michigan fans that way if they dared enter wearing Maize and Blue, something we didn't know being first-time travelers to Columbus.  I wish I could remember the name of the place; maybe someone else here will come up with the name of that particular bar.

Other than that, had no problems in my one-and-only trip to Columbus, including tailgating and the post game after a Michigan Victory (the worst verbal abuse being "wait til we kick your butts in hoops!").  I think the abusive behavior in Columbus towards Michigan fans has risen to a much higher level in the 2+ decades since, though---others I've talked to have told me much worse personal stories of being abused and/or property damage.



February 9th, 2014 at 7:06 PM ^

If you're buying fast food, Starbucks, etc, order it to go - sales tax is charged on dine-in orders but not to-go orders (even if you turn around and eat in anyway). Save yourself a few cents, and give a little less to the state university.


February 9th, 2014 at 8:23 PM ^

last year.  4 of us that split my season tix here.  We wore gear and parked in one of the lots - it was a Sunday afternoon game which may have helped.  We had no trouble at all.  We did have great seats - 1/2 court a few rows behind Clark Kellogg.  So we were with the older alumni type and they talked with us and were as nice as buckeyes can be.  I am sure other parts of the arena would be worse.  I think basketball is a much different environment.  I will say they have a lot of fun with wolverine fans on the big screen.  They mock us during just about every tv timeout.  There is definitely a savagery we don't have - when we went down 20 or whatever it was in the first half, I thought the lid was going to blow off the building.  Had burke's 3 dropped at the end.....would have been so nice.


February 9th, 2014 at 8:35 PM ^

I've gone to the Mich/OSU basketball game the past two years. I've worn my stuff, and haven't gotten any shit.

As far as where to stay? Any hotel downtown is solid: Hampton, Drury, Renaissance, etc.


February 9th, 2014 at 8:39 PM ^

Kind of piggy backing off this, but does anyone gave advice for attending a football game there? A couple of buddy's and myself plan on going this November and need to start planning.


February 10th, 2014 at 6:16 AM ^

You will be getting some young buckeye in your face, calmly point somewhere and say look there's your cousin go #$%^ her. OK maybe not, just laugh and think of a witty comeback and you should be fine. Remember watch your speed on the way down. Remember also, if you go to Columbus looking for trouble you will find it and it will probably be wearing scarlett and grey. But If you go to Columbus looking for a good time, well you should have stayed in AA. Go Blue and always always wear your colors, because if your not wearing Scarlet and Grey they know your from Michigan anyway.


February 9th, 2014 at 10:36 PM ^

I work in the arena district. There are numerous bars with cheap happy hours. The R Bar is a hockey bar that is a good place to relax , unless there is a hockey game and it will be packed.

While the arena is only a few miles from the Schott, traffic right before the game is horrible. Make your way to campus an hour or so early. There are 2 bars within walking distance of the Schott - Varsity Club and BW3. I'd reccommend BW3 and its only2 blocked further.

OSU fans are nearly as feisty during basketball season as they are in football. Its also ridiculously cold out, so you won't have many people on your walk - which is when you'd usually run into trouble.

There will be scalpers outside, but tickets for this game will probably be at least face value until after the first few minutes of the  game. With this team, the game could be over by then (either way.. )

The schott is a decent venue, and there will be a small section cheering for Caris from Pickertington. However, the fans will be dying for a win - its been a bad season for them. They were civil the past 2 years because everyone loved Trey - the guy who OSU passed on, but clearly wanted to go to OSU.

Lets hope we play up to our ability, not like we have against Iowa and Indiana. A road win in Columbus would look great on the resume.


February 9th, 2014 at 10:58 PM ^

I went to both games last year and I got more crap from Ohio fans in Ann Arbor than I did in Cbus. I parked in a stadium lot and rode the buss over. I didn't see anything or have anything said to me.


February 10th, 2014 at 5:56 AM ^

your car take a cab or walk. Oh and stay inside the speed limit on the way down, if I had a nickle for every time I heard a fan say they were pulled over,,, well I would golf with a ball instead of a disc.


February 10th, 2014 at 8:11 AM ^

Bring lots of anti-bacterial lotion.  In fact, have a couple 50 gallon drums shipped to your hotel room so you can bath in it after you have mingled with the population.


February 10th, 2014 at 9:49 AM ^

OSU fans are a lot more tolerable when they're winning.  Back in the 90's or early 2000's it would have been a nightmare to travel there.

Over the last 10 years, OSU is 27-4 against UM in football/basketball. They've toned down the hate considerably.


February 10th, 2014 at 10:02 AM ^

They are ridiculously expensive. COTA busses are notoriously unreliable. There is plenty of cheap parking for the Schott, but you have to ride a shuttle with all of the osu mouth breathers.