Lot # 5: "Finish It By Fall!" Ohio Stadium Drive Tag

Category: Memorabilia

Starting Bid: $105.00

Bids: 18 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Ohio Stadium Auction",
which ran from 1/3/2022 12:00 PM to
1/15/2022 8:00 PM

Rare 1922 Ohio Stadium Drive Tag trying to encourage everyone involved to "FINISH IT BY FALL!"  It, of course, refers to Ohio Stadium, one of the greatest venues in college football history.  The campaign fundraiser served as a point of pride for those on Ohio State's campus and in Columbus. Parades, Stunts, Pep talks, Advertisements were all deployed to keep the campaign in people's hearts. The goal was to raise one million dollars before it would be voted on by the Board of Trustees. By January 20, 1921, over 12,000 individuals made pledges and the lofty goal was reached. 

The lowest construction bid came back at $1.3 million, making it necessary for the Athletic Board to borrow $400K. Approximately 300 laborers worked on the stadium construction on a daily basis to try and complete the project in time for the 1922 season. It was on time, but not on budget. Because of its location to the Olentangy River, additional funds were needed for earth fill to guard against possible flooding. With the Board nearly out of money, those involved became divided on whether to leave some construction out for the initial phase and complete it at a later time. 

Personal loans were taken out and the stadium was mostly complete for the October 7, 1922 opener against Ohio Wesleyan.  In all, Ohio Stadium cost $1.5M and all notes were reportedly paid back in full by November 1, 1928, through income generated by the Athletic Department.

This tag is scarce and was featured in Jack Park's Ohio State Football Encyclopedia. The condition of the front is near mint, thanks to being glued into a scrapbook for nearly 100 years. Residue is evident on the back of the tag.  A must have for any Ohio Stadium collector.

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