Second Ohio city changes name to support BuckeyesWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Another Ohio town has joined the name-change game in support of Ohio State.
Urbana, Ohio, will drop its final “a” to become Urban, Ohio, on Jan. 12 in honor of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, as the Buckeyes vie for a national college football championship against the University of Oregon, the Urbana Daily Citizen reports.
A photo posted by the newspaper Jan. 6 shows the “A” on a sign for the city, located about an hour west of Columbus, had already been covered by a Buckeye leaf.
According to the paper, the idea was first raised on Facebook by an Urbana High School graduate Ryan West. When the proposal came to Mayor Bill Bean’s attention, he sought social media feedback and decided to go for it.
“Monday evening I put (the certificate of recognition) on Facebook, and immediately, it started getting hits,” Bean told the Urbana Daily Citizen. “Now it’s being mentioned in blogs and on the Big Ten Network. We’re doing this to have some fun and to back Ohio State.”
Earlier on Jan. 5, the city of Oregon, Ohio, declared itself “Oregon, Ohio, Buckeyes on the Bay, City of Duck Hunters” for the week in support of Ohio State.