Ohio State Buckeye Dopers--help!

Any and all Buckeye football fans, residents of Columbus and/or Northern Ohio and such, I need your help.

A friend wants to go to a Buckeye game with her father. He has recovered from a bout with cancer, but it left him weak. He uses a staff or walker to get around. She is worried that he may not be around much longer. I want to give her a trip to the game and a side trip to the area around Sandusky area where her father grew up.

So to ask:[ul]
[li]What are the best seats in Ohio Stadium? There is a block of seats in the 22AA secion that is selling for a fraction of what seats in 22A are selling for. What is the catch? Are these alumni-only seats, is the view blocked, or what?[/li]
[li]I need the name of a very nice hotel in Columbus–maybe not the uber-expensive historical hotel, but something better than the usual business class hotel. Are any hotels around the stadium good, or should I look elsewhere? The Hyatt at Capital Square was recommended by a travel agent, but I don’t have any idea about the hotels in Columbus.[/li]
[li]How about Sandusky? Can anyone recommend a good hotel, or a bread and breakfast west of town?[/li]
And can anyone make a good guess about their hometown? Until two generations ago their family were dairy farmers and had been since they emigrated from Germany before the Revolution. Their hometown has grown some but not much. I’m not sure where they lived, but it was west of Cleveland and I think it was just west of Sandusky. The father has talked about going as a kid to see the Blue Hole, so they may have lived close to Castalia. Sure, I could ask them, but I want this to be a surprise.[/ul]

I have no idea why the 22AA would be cheaper than the 22A. As far as I know there isn’t any obstruction or such in those seats, though I’ve never sat there.

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[li]I need the name of a very nice hotel in Columbus–maybe not the uber-expensive historical hotel, but something better than the usual business class hotel. Are any hotels around the stadium good, or should I look elsewhere? The Hyatt at Capital Square was recommended by a travel agent, but I don’t have any idea about the hotels in Columbus. [/li][/quote]

The Blackwell is the hotel affiliated/run by OSU, and is right by the Stadium. I’ve never stayed there, but I have gone to a banquet and it looks very nice inside.

The seats in in the AA section are closer to the field, they may be cheaper because the lower seats may actually be blocked by the team on the sidelines. Be careful with the seats in the A section, there may be a bit of climb if they are not a low row number.

In any case, the seats are alumnium bleachers. The only actual seats are in the club section. An seating diagram can be found here: Seatin Diagram

As to hotels, I would suggest looking at the Hilton at Easton. It is very nice, but I am not sure on the price. It is a part of Easton Town Center, which will provide some non-game related entertainment. Easton Hilton

Or, if you’re looking for an expensive, yet not AS classy place with a large vacancy in the downtown area, there’s always the ParisHilton.

Gr. That’s two links, there.

Bad Trevor.

Thanks all, late as this is.

(LOUNE, I’m sure that the dad wouldn’t mind the Paris Hilton. I’m not so sure about his daughter.)

I think that The Blackwell is sold out for the weekend, but I may try to book a room for their return trip.

I’ve applied for the loan, and I don’t think that I budgeted enough for the Hilton at Easton, but it’s an option.

I never sat in AA, but I sat in the boxes below Block O once and you have an ant’s eye view of the game…and the cheerleaders and Brutus. If he wants to see the game, I’d get higher seats, if he wants to experience the game, their excellent seats. I can’t help with hotels other than to say book 'em now. I always walked from home to the games. I’d also call ahead and talk to the ticket office about handicapped parking arrangements and other considerations to make sure that you know what you are expecting.

xbuckeye, where is Block O? I don’t see it on either map.

A section, closed end of the shoe (North end) above the Ramp.

Not sure what game you’re going to , but remember that early season games can be brutrally hot and humid. With 100,000 or so people in the stadium, this can be a toll on anyone.