Game time crime: CrimeTracker 10 examines arrests at OSU football games


COLUMBUS -- When the Ohio State University takes on Illinois Saturday at Ohio Stadium, it's a 3:30 PM kick-off. And a middle of the afternoon game seems to split the difference when it comes to arrests at the Horseshoe.

CrimeTracker 10 tracked the number of arrests of all kinds, including alcohol, for the past football season.

OSU data shows only five arrests for the home games against UNLV and Michigan State. Both were noon kick-offs.

The later the game, however, the more arrests.

Penn State had 11. Army had 13. Those were 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. kick-offs.

Maryland was a bit of an anomaly with only four arrests.

But when we hit a night game, like Oklahoma, the numbers tend to jump. Oklahoma was a 7:30 PM kick-off, and the arrest numbers jumped to 21.

It's important to note each game is different and depends on rivalry and weather. And when you compare it to the 100,000-plus people at the stadium, those numbers are relatively small.

CrimeTracker 10 reached out to Ohio State. The school responded with this statement:

"OSUPD and the Department of Public Safety work with local, county, state and federal law enforcement partners – including the Ohio Investigative Unit – to enhance safety on game days. Public Safety, along with our law enforcement partners and the Department of Athletics, continue to work hard to provide a safe, family-friendly environment. In addition to the university's efforts, Levy Restaurants, Ohio Stadium's concessionaire, provides additional training for food and beverage vendors. We encourage everyone to strive to be The Best Fans in the Land."

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