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Friday, May 31, 2013
Ohio Stadium to expand to 104,829

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith says plans have been made to expand Ohio Stadium by 2,500 seats in 2014.

The proposal will go before the university's board of trustees next week. The project would cost $9 million.

Smith said the seats will be added in the South end zone. The expansion would increase the official capacity of Ohio Stadium to 104,829.

Ohio Stadium is currently the country's fourth largest college football stadium. Last month, Texas A&M announced plans to add 20,000 seats, which would give it 171 more than Ohio Stadium currently holds.

Ohio State's expansion would give it the third-largest stadium capacity, still behind Big Ten rivals Michigan and Penn State.

In other football news, coach Urban Meyer has confirmed that sophomore linebacker David Perkins has left the program. Perkins was expected to back up Ryan Shazier in the fall.

Perkins had a vicious hit on the school mascot, Brutus during one spring drill, with the video of that tackle going viral.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.