OSU's Historic Ohio Field Memorialized

OSU's Historic Ohio Field Memorialized


Along High Street between Woodruff Avenue and the Wexner Center for the Arts lies the old Ohio Field, the home of Ohio State football before the construction of Ohio Stadium in 1922. The newly developed North High Street landscape and interpretive graphics pay homage to the memory of the historic Ohio Field where football legend Chic Harley first competed for Ohio State. 

OSU's Historic Ohio Field memorialized through interpretitive graphics and greenspace.

MKSK worked in conjunction with landscape architecture firm OLIN (Design Architect) to develop the landscape design concept that delineates the historic site of Ohio Field and employs a “Scarlet Line” of trees to create a unifying gesture marking the boundary between the University and city. As the Landscape Architect of Record and Environmental Graphics Designers, MKSK was also asked to develop, design, and implement interpretive graphics to share and celebrate the rich history of the site and enhance the pedestrian experience. 

The Ohio Field interpretive graphics help bring the site of The Ohio State University’s first football field to life. Yardage markers work in conjunction with the landscape to reveal the original (1898) Ohio Field and the interpretive sign panels at the former 20- and 40-yard-marks utilize stories, historic photos and life-sized images to give viewers a glimpse into the past. The interpretive panels highlight the significant leaders, athletes, traditions, and spirit that have shaped the University.