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OSU Prepares for the First Night Game of 2013
COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia/Ken Hines) -- While OSU players and coaches put the finishing touches on their game plan for Saturday's battle against the Badgers, school officials and local authorities are busy preparing the campus for the school's first night game of the 2013 season.
OSU officials are having extra lighting installed on campus to help ensure a safe environment during, and after, the game, while police and deputies will patrol the area to limit trouble from fans who have too much to drink.
OSU's sportsmanship council will do its part to keep altercations to a minimum, passing out buttons to Badger fans as a welcoming gesture.
Council president Ben Adams wants Buckeye fans to make sure they treat the visitors as rivals -- not enemies.
We want to make sure they are not crossing the line, using obscenities and singling people out," Adams said.
OSU Athletic Director Gene Smith echoed that sentiment, while adding that Buckeye fans should set an example for the rest of the Big Ten.
Fans should be smart and not overdo it," Smith said. "Use civil language. You should not put yourself in a situation where you are offensive to others.
Smith believes OSU fans should feel fortunate they have the opportunity to see high-caliber teams like Wisconsin in person.
We need to be hospitable when they come here, and beat them on the field, he said.