So much for Indiana University being a basketball school. Sure, the Big Ten has more well-known names than IU when it comes to football. Ohio State and Michigan come to mind. But it’s a perception fist year Indiana head coach Tom Allen is trying to fight — the idea that IU isn’t all in on football. It is. Have you taken a look at Memorial Stadium lately? Here’s something you should know. For the Ohio State Buckeyes v. Indiana Hoosiers season 2017 season opener Memorial Stadium is sold out, meaning that 52,929 people will be watching the action live. That’s a lot of people, but soon there will be even more as a $10 million South Endzone for adding capacity to Memorial Stadium — aka The Rock — is in the works.
Those fans won’t all come from Bloomington, Indiana, where IU is located, but if they did you’re talking about the quick creation of a ghost town. The entire population of Bloomington was estimated at the last census as just below 85,000 people. Nearly two-thirds of Bloomington’s citizens could have a seat for the game. Seems safe to say IU is a football school too. Indiana v. Ohio State is on ESPN at 8pm EST August 31.
It’s official! We’re sold out.
— Indiana Football (@HoosierFootball) August 30, 2017