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Exploring the outskirts: Without a ticket there are places to view outside the Horseshoe

Lauren Clark / Asst. multimedia editor

Students have had a week to find their stomping grounds on campus, so The Lantern is taking a look beyond Ohio State’s borders to get them familiar with the city.

It’s no secret that all of Columbus is buzzing on game days. If you’re not a lucky Ohio State football ticket holder, there are still plenty of opportunities to cheer on the Buckeyes in a sea of scarlet and gray.

Between Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar, located at the northwest corner of High Street and Lane Avenue, and Scarlet & Grey Café, down the street at 2203 N. High St., more than 85 HDTVs and projectors are slated to be tuned into sports programming on Saturdays.

The majority of these TVs will display the Ohio State Buckeyes season opener against Miami (Ohio), which is scheduled to kick off at noon Saturday.

The two establishments also allow admission to patrons younger than 21.

Other local establishments, such as Little Bar, located at 2195 N. High St., are only open to guests 21 and older.

BW3s, located at 2151 N. High St., is equipped with four HD projectors and 75 HDTVs, and has no cover. The Lane Avenue location also boasts an upstairs bar with admission only for those who are 21 and older.

“We open at 8 a.m. on game days, whether it’s a day, night, home or away game,” said Patrick West, manager of the BW3s on High Street.”We have outside seating, and our capacity code is about 500 people.”

Scarlet & Grey Café has eight TVs, one 12 foot by 12 foot HDTV projector and free admission every game day. Helen Yebio, owner of Scarlet & Grey Café, said the café has a capacity of about 200, and has live music. It also offers regular bar bites for students to nosh on while watching the game.

Another campus-area option is Champps Americana, located at 1827 Olentangy River Road in Lennox Town Center. Champps has an amenity not familiar in much of the campus area: Free parking.

The restaurant also has small outdoor seating, a HDTV count of 22 and three HD projectors, said Michael Tracy, a manager at Champps.

Tracy also said Champps opens at 8 a.m. on game days with a small breakfast bar and a regular menu beginning at 11 a.m.

Nina Budeiri, a second-year in exploration, also had some suggestions for where younger students could watch the game.

“A lot of the dorms have watch parties for students (who) don’t have tickets for the games,” Budeiri said. “But I’ve always had tickets to the games.”

Budeiri said these parties generally offer food, drinks and a projector for ample viewing.

Whether you’re viewing the game in the ‘Shoe, somewhere along High Street or in a dorm, Columbus offers plenty of places to show off your Buckeye spirit.

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