Ohio State will spend $42 million to update football stadium

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COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio State will spend $42 million to shore up part of Ohio Stadium, improve the experience for fans with obstructed view seats, add more luxury seating, and make other upgrades.

Athletic director Gene Smith announced the four-year project on Tuesday, which will help further preserve and improve the 94-year-old stadium on the Columbus campus. Work will begin in 2017.

It will be funded by the athletic department, without use of any state tax or student tuition money.

The project includes restoring concrete on C Deck, and installing better scoreboards and larger TVs to improve some obstructed-view seats. Thirty-five loge boxes and 12 luxury suites will be added.

The work requires removal of 2,600 seats, reducing capacity to 102,854. The venue got a $194 million makeover in 2001.

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