COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Ohio State is lowering the price of tickets to Saturday's spring game at Ohio Stadium.

Ticket prices had been $12 in advance and $20 at the gate. They'll now be $5. Parking will also be free.

A large crowd is expected due to the weather, but ticket sales had been slow, many believe due to the higher prices.

"We want everybody who wants to attend the game to be able to come to Ohio Stadium," Martin Jarmond, executive associate director of athletics, said. "We are encouraged by the weather forecast and we want our fans to come to the 'Shoe and enjoy watching the Buckeyes."

Proceeds from all ticket sales support both the LiFE Sports program and the Boys and Girls Club. 

Fans who purchased general admission tickets in advance will have the price difference donated to the LiFE Sports program and the Boys and Girls Club, or they may choose to get a refund for the difference by returning their tickets to their point of purchase beginning Monday.

A ticket also is good for admission to the Showdown in the Shoe, the 11 a.m. lacrosse match between Ohio State and Michigan. Gates open at 10 a.m.