Ohio State’s home game Saturday against Appalachian State comes with a bonus offer for season-ticket holders. As part of a first-year event called “Share the Schott,” all those who have season ticket packages can claim two free tickets for the Buckeyes’ home game Tuesday against the Citadel.

“Share the Schott” is part of the season-ticket stewardship campaign for the three programs that share Value City Arena: men’s basketball, women’s basketball and men’s hockey. Each sport is holding one event this year where season-ticket members can claim two tickets to an upcoming game with the hopes of bringing in new fans to the arena.

This is the second time the men’s basketball program has distributed free tickets to a game in coach Chris Holtmann’s first season. When the Buckeyes hosted Clemson on Nov. 29, all students could claim one free ticket, and 6,542 of them took advantage of the offer.

It’s all part of the desire to grow attendance at the arena. The Buckeyes are averaging 11,887 fans through seven home games this year after averaging 12,324 per game a season ago, and that figure will climb when Big Ten play resumes in January.

Holtmann has often said that fellow Big Ten coaches offered him multiple pieces of advice while on the summer recruiting trail, and chief among them was that he needs to get the arena “rocking” again. In addition to the free tickets, season-ticket holders have received other benefits including a summer event called “An Evening with Coach Holtmann,” a letter from Holtmann and coupons for concessions and merchandise.

The “Share the Schott” program will be evaluated after this year and could expand to other sports such as baseball, volleyball, lacrosse, wrestling and gymnastics in the future, a university spokesman said.



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