Buckeye basement ready for season, match versus UTWritten by Tim Soster | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The McGilvrays love the Buckeyes so much they converted their once-barren basement into a scarlet-and-gray tribute to The Ohio State University.
Kellie and Brandon McGilvray have spent the past year creating a full-service 1,300- square-foot bar, complete with pool table and popcorn maker, dedicated to OSU football. They even call it “Woody’s Place” after OSU coach Woody Hayes.
“Once we started, we were excited to see what it would look like,” Kellie said.
For the Point Place residents, OSU football is more than a passion, it is an obsession. They were engaged at Hineygate, the largest tailgate party in college sports. They have season tickets and have traveled to bowl games.
Kellie said their friends always call and ask where they are watching the game. If they are home, friends stop by to enjoy the Saturday games with as many as 30 showing up.
“More and more people would just stop by when the game is on,” Kellie said. “We put out rosters and snacks.”
Brandon said he never came up with concrete plans for the basement. He would get an idea and run with it.
An example is the semi-circle bar, which was built by their friend Todd Hansen. It is actually half of the block O, fully tiled with The Ohio State University logo in the tile. Behind the bar is a “kegerator” with Buckeye leaf helmet stickers on it.
“I would tell him what I wanted and he would just build it,” Brandon said.
Brandon and Kellie said they tried to do most of the work themselves. They were able to get the correct colors of paint at Home Depot, which sells team colors.
Brandon said they would spend as many as seven hours per day working on the basement.
The walls are painted gray with the helmet stripe circling the room. The pool table was redesigned with red felt and a mural of three linebackers charging. The mural was an actual photograph that Brandon had enlarged, complete with the three linebacker’s signatures.
The knobs on the bathroom cabinet even have the OSU logo on them.
“I’ve been collecting this stuff for about 12 years,” Brandon said.
Decorating the lounge with collectables was easy because friends and family always buy the couple OSU gear and collectables for birthdays and at Christmas. Over the pool table is an intricate OSU stained glass pool table light that was a gift. On the front of the bar is a large wooden OSU plaque that was also given to the couple.
“This is what we love,” Kellie said.
The McGilvrays say they still have a lot of memorabilia not yet displayed. The key is finding a spot to put everything.
For watching the game, theater seating was installed. The furniture is red, of course, and tiered so everyone can view the 65-inch flat screen TV. They also have a 32-inch flat screen hanging by the pool table. Brandon said he plans on adding at least one more television.
They have showed the new addition to their friends. Brandon said most people say “wow” the first time they see it.
“Our friends are already coming over and picking out their seats for the games,” Kellie said.
That is fine with Brandon. He expects at least 45 people to show up on game days. One big game is on the horizon: On Sept. 19, the Buckeyes travel to Cleveland Stadium to fight the UT Rockets.
One small feature stands out among the red and gray, a small bobble head of former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler standing next to OSU coach Woody Hayes.
“Michigan fans can come over; we feel bad for them,” Brandon said.
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