COLUMBUS, Ohio — After every Ohio State football home win, the Victory Bell can be heard as crowds exit the stadium.

The ringing of the bell is one of many traditions on game day. 

What You Need To Know

  • The Victory Bell rings after every Ohio State football home game win

  • Members of Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity on campus, have been tasked with ringing the bell since 1955

  • The bell rings for 15 minutes after every win and 30 if the Bucks beat Michigan

  • Members of APO said the experience is something they will never forget

Members of Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity, waited for the Buckeyes to pull off a win. As they make their way up to the top, Grace Hodges said her experience in the service fraternity has been nothing short of amazing.

“It’s a lot of fun," Hodges said. "You meet a lot of cool people, you do a lot of cool things.”

But possibly the coolest thing is ringing the Victory Bell.

Rebecca Martin and Grace Hodges work together to ring the bell (Spectrum New/Katie Kapusta)

After every home game win, members of APO get the chance to ring the Victory Bell. They haven’t missed a home win since they were given the duty in 1955. Now, members like Hodges pull the rope and share the victory joy.

“It’s a lot heavier than I thought it would be," Hodges said. "It like pulled me up!”

The bell rings for 15 minutes each win and 30 for beating the team up north. For these gals, it was all their first time. Rebecca Martin said she’ll never forget it.

Members of APO ring the Victory Bell (Spectrum New/Katie Kapusta)

“The high that I’m on right now is amazing because that’s something I never thought I would experience in my life before I joined APO," Martin said.

She said it’s an honor and a privilege to be a part of this brotherhood and will be reminded of it after every Buckeye victory. 

“It’s something that we take a lot of pride in because we’re the only ones that can ring the bell," Martin said. "It shows how much we love our campus and how much we serve our campus. To be able to ring the bell constantly just to let everyone know that the Buckeyes have won.”