Ohio Stadium - Team Entrance

Ohio Stadium Gameday Information

OHIO STADIUM A-Z GUIDE

Address/Telephone
The address and phone number for Ohio Stadium is 411 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus, OH 43210, 614-292-6330.

On game day, select streets on and around campus become one way. Do NOT rely upon GPS or Navigation devices to get you to Ohio Stadium. Upon completion of the game, the traffic patterns will be reversed. Traffic control officers will direct you. Guests with parking passes must follow the directions on their reverse side of their parking pass.

Campus may be accessed from exits on SR-315 north and south and I-71 north and south. Please check www.ohgo.com along these routes for available exits as exit availability may be adjusted due to construction in the area.

Aisle Traffic/Section Entry
Guests are urged to arrive at their seats well in advance of kickoff. As a courtesy to other guests, please remain at your seat until the play has ended. Guests should be sure their correct ticket stubs are with them and available throughout the game to assist in seat verification and entry into each aisle or section.

Alcohol Policy
Outside of Ohio Stadium, possession and consumption of alcohol are subject to the laws and regulations of the State of Ohio and/or City of Columbus which state, among others: No person shall have in the person’s possession an opened container of beer or intoxicating liquor in any public place.

Alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted to be brought into Ohio Stadium.

Law Enforcement Officers enforce all applicable laws. Complete State of Ohio and The Ohio State University alcohol policies can be found below:

State of Ohio Alcohol Policy and The Ohio State University Alcohol Policies

Alcohol sales are offered inside Ohio Stadium. The following items are important to note in regards to alcohol sales:

  • Guests possessing alcohol who do not have proof of being at least 21 years of age or guests passing alcohol to minors will be ejected and are subject to arrest.
  • A maximum of two alcoholic beverages will be sold per person/at one time (depending on the event).
  • Guests who appear younger than thirty-five (35) will be asked to show positive identification prior to being served. Acceptable forms of identification are:
    • Any state’s driver’s license
    • A state of Ohio identification card, or the “equivalent” from another state
    • A US Department of Defense military ID card
    • A United States or foreign passport, that displays a picture of the individual for whom the license, card, or passport was issued and shows that the person buying was then at least twenty-one years of age
  • Guests are not permitted to bring alcoholic beverages into the facility; nor are they permitted to leave the facility with alcohol.
  • Alcohol sales will end at the end of halftime. If deemed necessary, alcohol sales may be cut off at any time. The facility reserves the right to refuse the sale of alcohol to any guest.
  • A designated driver program will be offered, which allows the designated driver to get a wristband and receive complimentary soft drinks during the event. The program is available at the Guest Services Booths near 13A, 14A, 5C, 6C and in the Huntington Club for more info).

Ohio Stadium and Levy Restaurants work hard to promote responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages by following the TEAM (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management) Program.

ATMs
ATMs are located throughout the stadium at the following locations: 4A, 5A, 39A, and in the Huntington Club.

Auto Assistance
As a service to Ohio Stadium guests, limited complimentary vehicle assistance may be available in any campus parking lot or garage. Service is available before, during and up to one hour after any event. Please contact University Police at 614-292-2121 for assistance on game days.

Autographs
Seeking autographs on footballs, helmets and jerseys is prohibited in the area near Gate 32 where football players depart Ohio Stadium after the football game. Seeking autographs on ANY items is prohibited on the property (and surrounding parking lots) of the Fawcett Center and the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. If an individual is seeking autographs in violation of this prohibition, they may be issued a warning by Department of Athletics’ personnel or the University Police Division. If, after receiving a warning, they are subsequently found in violation of this prohibition, they may be arrested and/or charged criminally.

Baby Changing

Most of the restrooms in Ohio Stadium are equipped with diaper-changing tables. For private accommodations, guests can use specific family restrooms located near sections 9A, 11A, 12A, 20A, 23A, 33A, 37A, 38A, 23C, 24C and 19D. Guests may also visit the First Aid Stations located at 16A, 17A, 12B, 23C, 24C and 32A. Please view our bag policy on how to bring your items into the stadium.

Bag Policy
Ohio Stadium Bag Policy

Bags or purses of any size are NOT permitted in Ohio Stadium. Wallets and wristlets no larger than 5”x8”x1” are permitted. All items and persons entering Ohio Stadium are subject to security screening and inspection.

Guests entering with medical, dietary, or childcare needs must enter through the Steinbrenner Band Center Entrance (glass doors between Gates 10 & 12) or at the Press Entrance (glass doors between the Huntington Club and Gate 23) to have their items inspected. One 14”x14”x4” bag per person will be permitted.

Best Fans in the Land
Please conduct yourself in an appropriate manner. Our attitudes and actions not only reflect upon our individual character but also the character of our university as a whole. As Buckeyes, it is essential to initiate and foster a friendly and welcoming environment for all to portray our university with the pride and respect it deserves. While you cheer on our team, please keep these ideals in mind and prove Ohio State has the Best Fans in the Land. For more information, visit www.bestfans.osu.edu. Sportsmanship Council and Block O Six Points for the Season:

  1. Wear Scarlet
  2. Never Miss Ramp
  3. Cheer Loud and Proud
  4. Cheer FOR the Buckeyes
  5. Sing Carmen Ohio
  6. Respect the Tradition

Bicycle Parking

1. Recreation and Physical Activity Center is located at 337 West 17th Avenue, which is adjacent to the southeast corner of Ohio Stadium. Bikes racks are located on the east and west side of the building. These bike racks are open to the public, but are not monitored by staff.
2. “Pedal Instead” valet bicycle corral is located at south east corner of Woody Hayes Drive and the Olentangy River bike path. It operates like a coat check for bicycles and is staffed by volunteers who keep bikes secure until the end of football games. For more information on “Pedal Instead,” please contact Catherine Girves with Yay Bikes! at 614-470-4220, cgirves@pedalinstead.org or log on to www.pedalinstead.org to read “Frequently Asked Questions”.

 

Booking Events in Ohio Stadium
The Huntington Club, University Suite and Recruit Room within Ohio Stadium offer ideal banquet facilities for groups of 20 to 220 guests to host your special event. These spaces are available any time except for game/event days, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays of a home football game weekend and holidays. For information, date availability and pricing, you can go on-line and view the Facility Rental Guidelines webpage or email bernard.109@osu.edu.

Cameras

1. Still cameras with a lens greater than 100mm, any audio and video recording equipment, monopods, dual pods and tripods are not allowed to be used.
2. Images are for personal use only and may not be used for any commercial purposes and may not be re-sold without the express consent of The Ohio State University. Guests found to be using images for any commercial purpose or found to be re-selling pictures will be asked by The Ohio State University to cease and desist from using the images for commercial purposes which may be against NCAA bylaws.

Comments/Concerns/Text Messaging
If you would like to recognize outstanding service or you have an issue that needs to be addressed, you can either:

1. Fill out a comment card or guest incident report which may be obtained at Guest Services Booths at Gate 13, Gate 14, 5A, 6C, 7C, 2B, or 38A.
2. Contact the Department of Athletics Event Management Team by email at hoon.6@osu.edu.
3. Text BRUTUS (space) Issue and Location to 69050

In case of an emergency, please contact the nearest law enforcement officer or usher directly.

Concessions

Levy Restaurants is excited to offer fans this season a variety of game day options – from gluten-free (located at 19A) to in-house smoked BBQ (located at 15A), to fan favorites, such as hot dogs, bratwurst, popcorn, pretzels and nachos (offered at stands throughout the stadium), there is something for everyone!

Alcohol sales are offered inside Ohio Stadium. The following items are important to note in regards to alcohol sales:

  • Guests possessing alcohol who do not have proof of being at least 21 years of age or guests passing alcohol to minors will be ejected and are subject to arrest.
  • A maximum of two alcoholic beverages will be sold per person/at one time (depending on the event).
  • Guests who appear younger than thirty-five (35) will be asked to show positive identification prior to being served. Acceptable forms of identification are State issued I.D. card, Driver’s License or Military I.D. Ohio law prohibits passports or I.D. from foreign states as a form of identification.
  • Guests are not permitted to bring alcoholic beverages into the facility; nor are they permitted to leave the facility with alcohol.
  • Alcohol sales will end at the end of halftime. If deemed necessary, alcohol sales may be cut off at any time. The facility reserves the right to refuse the sale of alcohol to any guest.
  • A designated driver program will be offered, which allows the designated driver to get a wristband and receive complimentary soft drinks during the event. The program is available at the Guest Services Booths near 13A, 14A, 5C, 6C and in the Huntington Club for more info).

A courtesy cup of water may be requested at any permanent concession stand. Guests with special medical or dietary needs, please see “Permitted Items” section below.

Credit Cards/Buck ID
For your convenience, all major credit cards are accepted at all permanent concessions, select mobile cart locations and merchandise stands. The permanent concession stands in the following locations accept Buck ID: 4A, 3A, 9A, 13A, 15A, 9C, 10C, 17C, 18C, 22C, 25C, 26C and all stands in South Stands.

Directions
On game day, select streets on and around campus become one way. Do NOT rely upon GPS or Navigation devices to get you to Ohio Stadium. Upon completion of the game, the traffic patterns will be reversed. Traffic control officers will direct you. Guests with parking passes must follow the directions on their reverse side of their parking pass.

Campus may be accessed from exits on SR-315 north and south and I-71 north and south. Please note along these routes for available exits as exit availability may be adjusted due to construction.
Please Note:

1. Directions given on GPS systems may not be accurate on game days.
2. Please visit OhioStateBuckeyes.com for additional details, up-to-date information, and parking maps.

Digital Ticketing Guide

Through your My Ohio State Buckeyes Account, you will have 24-hour access to manage your tickets free of charge! Using your My Ohio State Buckeyes Account, you can:

  • Renew and purchase tickets to your favorite Ohio State sporting events
  • View your ticket(s) on your mobile device
  • Transfer your ticket(s) to family and friends
  • Print or reprint your ticket(s) to any home or office printer
  • Safely and securely sell your ticket(s) through Buckeyes
  • TicketExchange
  • Edit your account contact information
  • Pay invoices

Click here to access the entire Ohio State Digital Ticketing Guide

Disability Needs
Click here for full Ohio Stadium ADA Information

Guests with disabilities can click on the above link for more information and to learn how to request services provided for guests with disabilities.

Fans with disabilities are encouraged to purchase tickets or make ticket exchanges in advance of the game when possible. Advanced exchanges are done at the Athletics Ticket Office located at the Schottenstein Center.

If you cannot make the physical exchange in person in advance, then on game day, you can enter the stadium and go to the ticket office in Ohio Stadium located at Gate 5 to make the ticket exchange, pending availability.

Drones
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has classified airspace above Ohio Stadium as National Defense Airspace. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in effect one hour before each home football game starts and continues until one hour after the end of the games. All aircraft operations, including parachute jumping, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and remote controlled aircraft such as drones, are prohibited within three miles up to and including 3,000 ft AGL of Ohio Stadium.

Pilots who violate the TFR are subject to criminal penalties under 49 USC 46307 and may be intercepted, detained and interviewed by law enforcement personnel. Operators of UAS’s/drones are subject to Notice to Airman (NOTAM) 4/3621 and applicable FAA regulations. Criminal charges may apply such as reckless endangerment, trespass, assault, and violating the TFR.

Elevators
Public Elevators are located in the following areas of Ohio Stadium:

1. Four public elevators are located on the west side of Ohio Stadium between gates 17-23, which provide access to the Club Levels, and to disability seating on D deck (guests need a green sticker on their ticket to access this elevator to D Deck). For more information on how to get a green sticker, please click on ADA Information.
2. One public elevator is located in the South Stands near Section 39 and only provides access to seats in South Stands.
3. Two public elevators are located near section 7 that access B and C Decks.
4. Two public elevators are located near section 10 that access B and C Decks.

Emergency Contact
To contact a person at the game in the event of an emergency, please call 614-292-6330. If the situation can be addressed and resolved, the stadium event staff will attempt to deliver that necessary message. However, using the public address system for paging within the Stadium is reserved only for extreme emergencies.

Emergencies and Evacuation Procedures
In the event of a serious emergency, all Event Staff, Redcoats, Ushers, Law Enforcement and Fire personnel are available to assist guests, including those with disabilities. Information will also be provided over the public address system and on stadium televisions and scoreboards.

First Aid Stations
First aid stations are located throughout Ohio Stadium at 16A, 17A, 12B, 23C, 24C and 32A. These stations are staffed with Columbus Fire paramedics and American Red Cross volunteers two hours prior to kickoff and will remain open for 20 minutes after the game. Over the counter medications such as Tylenol and Advil are available outside each first aid room in a self-dispensing vending machine for $1 per item.

Firearms
Weapons are not permitted in the arena/stadium. Possession of a firearm or weapon is strictly forbidden. Possession of a weapon will result in immediate confiscation, ejection and/or possible arrest. Off-duty law enforcement: click here for concealed-carry policy

Game Programs
Programs for the 2018 football season are available outside the Stadium, inside the entrance gates, and on the various concourses and decks. Game programs are $10 cash.

Gates Open
Ohio Stadium gates will open two hours prior to kickoff. St. John Arena doors will open four hours prior to kickoff for The Ohio State University Marching Band’s Skull Session.

Guest Services Booths
Guest Services booths are located near Gate 13, Gate 14 and near sections 5A, 38A, 2B, 5C and 6C. The friendly and knowledgeable staff members are available to assist our guests with potential questions, comments or concerns. These booths are open from gate opening until 20 minutes after the game. Our Guest Service Booth staff members are in place to help ensure our guests receive outstanding customer service at Ohio Stadium.

Lost and Found
Lost and Found is located on the concourse at Section 3A and remains open for 30 minutes after the game. If you have already exited the stadium, please speak with an available Event Staff member. Any unclaimed items will be moved to the Ohio Stadium Facility Operations Office, which can be reached M-F 8:30a-4:30p at (614) 292-6330.

Lost Persons/Child ID/Locater Program
Guests with children at the game are encouraged to visit the Guest Services booths located near Gate 13, Gate 14 and near sections 5A, 38A, 2B, 5C and 6C to obtain a wristband for their children. An emergency name and phone number can be put on the wristband that would be used in the case of a lost person.

Any report of a lost person will be acted on immediately by event personnel to locate and return the person to his or her parent(s), guardian(s) or companion(s). Guests should contact any Law Enforcement Officer, Redcoat, Usher or Event Staff for prompt initiation of lost person search procedures. If a parent, guardian or companion is not located, the lost person will be taken to the Police Room located near the elevators near Section 17A for further efforts in locating the parent(s), guardian(s) or companion(s).

Medical Emergency
If assistance is needed in the stands, please contact the nearest Red Coat, Usher, Concession Worker, Law Enforcement Officer, Columbus Fire Department Paramedic, Red Cross volunteer or go to the nearest First Aid Room.

Merchandise
Authentic Buckeye merchandise may be purchased throughout the Stadium. The Official Team Shops are located at Section 11A, 12A, 23A, 24A, 16C, in the south stands and in the Huntington Club. A customized jersey stand is located near Section 16A. For additional merchandise, please visit www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

National Anthem
The Ohio State University Marching Band plays the National Anthem part of their popular pre-game show, which includes the famous ramp entrance.

Nursing Mothers
Guests may visit any First Aid Station which are located at 16A, 17A, 12B, 23C, 24C and 32A. Please view our bag policy on how to bring your items into the stadium.

Parking

  1. DAY OF GAME LOTS: Parking is available day of game on a first-come, first-served basis. The charge for these lots is $20. Those holding current valid Ohio State Parking Permits (A, B, C, etc.) may park in these lots free of charge. Shuttle service to Ohio Stadium is available free of charge for guests who park on west campus (parking lots west of SR 315).
    • Vehicle and tailgate must fit within the 8.5′ x 15′ space provided.
    • Any vehicles larger than the above will be asked to purchase an RV pass or park at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.
    • All Day of Game Lots open at 5:00am on gameday.
  2. DISABILITY LOTS:
    • Disability Parking will be located in the lots north of St. John Arena and in the Lane Avenue Garage.
    • The charge for these lots is $20.
    • All Day of Game Lots open at 5:00am on gameday. These areas will both be accessible, while space is available, from Lane Avenue.
    • A current state issued disability placard (from any state), along with registration, and the person who owns the placard must be in the vehicle to enter the parking area. (Officers may validate ownership of the placard at any time.)
    • A shuttle will transport guests from the parking lots north of St. John Arena to the east side of Ohio Stadium near Gate 22. This shuttle will operate from six hours prior to kickoff until one hour after the game.
  3. SEASON PERMIT LOTS:
    • These lots are reserved for those who have purchased a season parking permit. Spaces in these lots are held for permit holders until 90 minutes prior to kickoff. All Day of Game Lots open at 5:00am on gameday.
      • Vehicle and tailgate must fit within the 8.5′ x 15′ space provided
      • Each permit allows 1 vehicle that meets parking space regulations, into the reserved lot. Permits are to be used for vehicles only.
      • Any vehicles larger than the above will be asked to purchase an RV pass or park at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.
  1. RV LOTS:
    • All RV parking on The Ohio State University campus is sold in advance of game day through the Athletic Department website at ohiostatebuckeyes.com.
    • The Season RV Parking Lot, which is located next to Bill Davis Stadium, is reserved for season ticket holders only.
    • Passes for the Day of Game RV Parking Lot, which is located on Fred Taylor Drive across the street from Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, must be purchased in advance of game day.
    • All RV parking spaces are numbered and pre-assigned. RV parking passes WILL NOT be for sale on game days.
    • The RV lot opens at 5am on GameDay. RV permit holders that arrive earlier than 5am on GameDay will need to find alternative parking. i. Nearby Campgrounds: http://ohioexpocenter.com/services/camping/
    • Fans driving RVs who did not purchase a permit in advance will be asked to park at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.
  2. SHUTTLE SERVICES:
    • Shuttle service to Ohio Stadium is available free of charge from 6 hours prior until 1 hour after the game. Please see below for specific shuttle locations.
      • WEST CAMPUS (parking lots west of SR 315): pick-up at Mount Hall and drop off in the lot near Sisson Hall near the pedestrian bridge.
      • DISABILITY LOT: pick-up north of St. John Arena and drop-off on the east side of Ohio Stadium near Gate 22. This shuttle is ADA compliant and guests may request a wheelchair service upon entering Ohio Stadium.

Pets/Service Animals
Animals, except for trained dogs or service animals assisting guests with disabilities, are not permitted in Ohio Stadium.

Playing Field
Guests may not enter the playing field at any time. VIOLATORS ARE SUBJECT TO ARREST AND MAY BE PROSECUTED.

Permitted Items
All items and persons entering Ohio Stadium are subject to security screening and inspection.

  1. Binoculars (without a case)
  2. Blankets (unrolled or unbagged)
  3. Body worn baby carriers with child (including but not limited to wraps, slings, soft pack baby carrier, etc.)
    1. If entering with any sort of bag with childcare needs, please see Ohio Stadium Bag Policy or #11 below
    2. Bringing a baby under 2? Check out our Lap Ticket Policy
  4. Cameras (still) with a lens 100mm or less
  5. Coats (worn or carried)
  6. Mobility devices (including but not limited to canes, crutches, walkers, rollators, wheelchairs, scooters, etc.)
    1. For questions regarding Accessibility in Ohio Stadium, please visit our Athletics ADA webpage
  7. Rain apparel and ponchos (worn or carried)
  8. Seat cushions are permitted that are foam and do not have back supports, zippers, or storage slots
  9. Seatbacks are permitted for those with a doctor’s note and are 16″ wide or less. Seatbacks may not have metal framing or clamp to a seat. Guests with a doctor’s note must enter through Band Center doors (between Gate 10 & 12) or at the Press Entrance (between the Huntington Club and Gate 23) to have their chairback and note inspected. Others wishing to use a seatback are available to be rented in advance of game day on a season basis only at www.buckeyeseat.com)
  10. Small radios with headphones
  11. One 14x14x4 bag per person will be permitted for:
    • Dietary or medical needs (medications, single serving snack for medical needs, etc.)
    • Child care needs (diapers, formula, baby food, baby bottle, etc.)
    • Guests entering with medical or child care needs must enter through the Band Center doors (between Gate 10 & 12) or at the Press Entrance (between the Huntington Club and Gate 23) to have their bag inspected.
    • Ohio Stadium Bag Policy
  12. Umbrellas: Guests may carry umbrellas into Ohio Stadium for use before and after the game, but umbrellas are NOT permitted to be opened in the seating areas of Ohio Stadium)
  13. Water bottles that are clear, plastic and empty
  14. Wallet, Wristlet, or Clutch (with or without strap) no larger than 5″ x 8″ x 1″ Click here for more information

Prohibited Items
As a general rule, any items that obstruct the view of other guests or that can be used as projectiles, that interfere with the comfort of other guests or are deemed inappropriate/hazardous by stadium security are prohibited.

Guests are subject to visual inspection of person, parcels, bags, and clothing capable of concealing prohibited items. Guests may refuse inspections but management reserves the right to refuse entry. Guests that are found with prohibited items are subject to Ohio Law and/or ejection from the stadium. Changes in national, regional and campus security levels may affect security procedures.

Bags or purses of any size are NOT permitted in Ohio Stadium. Wallets, wristlets, or clutch no larger than 5 in. x 8 in. x 1 in. are permitted. Guests entering with medical or child care needs must enter through the Steinbrenner Band Center entrance (between Gate 10 & 12) or at the Press Entrance (between the Huntington Club and Gate 23) to have their items inspected. Ohio Stadium Bag Policy

The following items are NOT permitted to be brought into Ohio Stadium:

  1. All Bags (including but not limited to backpacks, fanny packs, purses, string or ‘cinch’ bags, messenger bags, crossbody bags, camera bags, briefcases, grocery bags, roll bags, binocular cases, duffle bags or any other bags) Ohio Stadium Bag Policy
  2. Alcohol
  3. Animals (except service dogs for guests with disabilities)
  4. Audio or Video Recording Equipment including those that are attached to unmanned aircraft systems or model aircrafts.
  5. Banners, Flags and Signs
  6. Bicycles
  7. Cameras with a lens greater than 100mm (along with Monopods, Dual Pods and Tripods), including those that are attached to unmanned aircraft systems or model aircrafts.
  8. Chairs including Folding Chairs, Portable Chairs, Stools, Lawn Chairs
  9. Clothing with profane, inappropriate or abusive language
  10. Containers (common examples include but are not limited to hard sided coolers, soft pack coolers, ice chests, picnic baskets, cans, heavy plastic or glass bottles, thermoses)
  11. Confetti, streamers, glitter, balloons
  12. Drones (including but not limited to unmanned aircraft systems or model aircrafts.
  13. Firearms. Weapons are not permitted in the arena/stadium. Possession of a firearm or weapon is strictly forbidden. Possession of a weapon will result in immediate confiscation, ejection and/or possible arrest. Off-duty law enforcement: click here for concealed-carry policy
  14. Fireworks
  15. Food or beverages
  16. Illegal Drugs
  17. Inflatables (balls, balloons, etc.)
  18. Laptops and computers
  19. Laser pointers
  20. Markers (permanent) and/or paint
  21. Noisemaking devices (common examples include but are not limited to whistles, air horns, bull horns, blow horns, musical instruments, kazoos, bugles, cow bells, thunder sticks, sirens, milk jugs with rocks or coins, and steroes)
  22. Seat cushions that have back supports, zippers, or storage slots
  23. Sticks, Poles, Pipes or Selfie sticks
  24. Strollers or baby carriers
  25. Signs
  26. Sports Equipment (common examples include but are not limited to balls, beach balls, footballs, baseballs, lacrosse balls, segways or other motorized scooters, skateboards, and roller blades)
  27. Televisions or video monitors
  28. Weapons or items that mimic weapons including but not limited to: (aerosol cans, mace, pepper spray, lighters, matches, firearms, including CCW permit holders, fireworks, pocket knives, knives, spiked bracelets, brass knuckles, martial arts weapons, stun guns, squirt guns, super soakers and chains) or any item deemed dangerous or inappropriate.
  29. Wrapped gifts, packages or items

Prohibited Behavior & Fan Code of Conduct

The following expectations have been established regarding behavior & fan conduct:

  • Guests should be a positive role model for those around them. Guests will expect and encourage good displays of sportsmanship from fellow fans.
  • Guests should conduct themselves in a manner that represents their University, their Conference, and the NCAA with honor, dignity, and respect. Guests shall not exhibit behavior that interferes with the enjoyment of the game or event by those around them.
  • Guests should cheer positively for their team and refrain from taunting, threatening, vulgar, abusive, racist, sexist, or demeaning remarks or gestures directed towards the coaches, student-athletes, fans, staff and game officials. Threats include statements, actions and behaviors that could reasonably be foreseen as having a purpose to inflict physical harm, even if the person making the threat doesn’t have the ability to carry out the threat. State of Ohio Disorderly Conduct Law
  • Guests shall comply with all facility policies.
  • Guests should sit only in their ticketed seats and show their tickets when requested, should not stand on seats, should not stand in the aisles, should not enter the playing area and should not throw any items onto the playing area.
  • Guests should follow all local, state, or federal laws and will follow the instructions of event staff. State of Ohio Open Container Policy
  • Guests appearing intoxicated, inebriated or showing other signs of impairment related to alcohol consumption or drug use may be denied entry and may be subject to ejection. Intervention with an intoxicated or impaired guest will be handled in a prompt and safe manner.
  • Guests should wear clothing without obscene or indecent messages. Guests will remove or cover up such clothing deemed offensive or obscene upon request.
  • Guests should be responsible for their own conduct and the conduct of others who use their tickets.

The event staff has been trained to intervene where necessary to help ensure that the above expectations are met. Guests are encouraged to report any inappropriate behavior to the nearest event staff member.

Examples of prohibited behavior include, but are not limited to: throwing objects of any kind; demonstrating unruly behavior; attempting to enter the field of play; engaging in behavior that endangers the safety of student athletes, coaches, officials or other guests; attempting to climb the goal posts; removing Ohio Stadium turf; and/or taunting event staff, visiting teams and/or public safety officials. Nudity is not allowed, and all patrons must be attired in accordance with all state and local laws governing liquor permit premises.

Guests that do not adhere to stadium policies, the Code of Conduct, those exhibiting prohibited behavior, those that violate policies on multiple occasions, are subject to the following consequences: seat relocation, loss of ticket buying privileges, ejection from the facility without refund, letter of warning, and/or arrest. Students involved in such activities or other disruptive behavior will also be subject to disciplinary action through The Ohio State University Student Code of Conduct. The University reserves the right to not enforce, within the sole discretion of the University, prohibited behaviors based on the interests of public safety, operational or staffing considerations or any other consideration.

Public Announcements
Special announcements on the public address system are limited to medical and police emergencies.

Rideshare/Public Transportation/Livery Vehicles

Taxi and Rideshare services are available along John Herrick Drive near the Neil Avenue Garage and along Borror Drive near the Schottenstein Center. Guests are advised to walk to one of the two locations and then summon a taxi or rideshare vehicles.

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) provides an Express Service from two Park & Ride locations, Crosswoods Park & Ride and the Ohio Expo Center & State Fairgrounds. Buses operate three hours before and two hours after each home game. Guests are dropped off at Neil & 17th, just one block from Ohio Stadium. After the game, pick up the bus in the same location to get back to your car. Fares can be purchased at the Park & Ride locations and are cash only. Click here for more information on the COTA Gameday Shuttle.

Radio Broadcasts
The flagship station for Ohio State football games is WBNS Radio 1460/97.1 the Fan.

Re-Entry
Guests will NOT be permitted to re-enter Ohio Stadium once they leave.

Restrooms
Men’s and Women’s restrooms are located throughout Ohio Stadium. ADA accessible restrooms are located near sections 8A, 9A, 10A, 11A, 17A, 18A, 19A, 28A, 33A, 34A, 37A, 38A, 3B, 12B, 28B, 7C, 10C, 11C, 13C, 14C, 15C, 19C, 20C, 23C, 28C, 29C, 17D, 19D, 25D. Family restrooms are located near sections 9A, 11A, 12A, 20A, 23A, 33A, 37A, 38A, 23C, 24C, 19D.

Seatback Chairs
Seatback chairs are available to be rented in advance of game day on a season basis only. To order a seatback chair, please contact 866-910-9290 or www.buckeyeseat.com. If you need a repair to your currently installed Seatback Chair, you may visit the Seatback Chair Help Stations inside the stadium at 22A, 13A, 2B, 29C, and 30C or call 866-910-9290.

Seat Cushions (foam and without backs, zippers, or storage slots) are allowed to be brought into the stadium. Guests demonstrating specific medical needs for personal Seatback chairs may enter the Stadium with a doctor’s note at the Band Center entrance (between Gate 10 & 12) or at the Press Entrance (between the Huntington Club and Gate 23) to have their items inspected. Please visit the Prohibited Items area of this page for more information on personal Seatback chairs.

Security Checks
Guests are subject to visual inspection of person, parcels, bags, and clothing capable of concealing prohibited items. Guests may refuse inspections but management reserves the right to refuse entry. Guests that are found with prohibited items are subject to Ohio Law and/or ejection from the stadium. Cooperation with game management and security personnel will help maintain Ohio Stadium as a safe and secure environment for all guests.

Scooter Riding/Parking
With more than 100,000 fans heading down to the stadium on gameday, we all need to look out for our fellow Buckeyes while walking, biking and driving.

A Scooter Parking Zone can be found at the RPAC Tennis Courts to the South of Ohio Stadium. This area will open 4 hours prior to kickoff and close 1 hour after kickoff.

Please be aware of the increasing scooter traffic on campus. Motorized scooter users must follow all applicable state and local laws, ordinances and university policies. The university recently published motorized scooter safety guidelines. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with these guidelines.

Pedestrian traffic is extremely heavy around campus on gameday, especially near Ohio Stadium. Riding a scooter in heavy pedestrian traffic should be avoided – remember to maintain a three-foot minimum distance from pedestrians. All vehicles, including scooters, are subject to security screening and inspection as you near Ohio Stadium. Like bicycles, scooters may not be ridden/parked inside or outside of Ohio Stadium near its gates. Please make sure to follow these additional guidelines:

  • Wear a helmet
  • Never block pedestrian walkways or ADA access
  • Stay off sidewalks
  • Slow down to get around

Shuttle Services
Shuttle service to Ohio Stadium is available free of charge from 6 hours prior until 1 hour after the game. Please see below for specific shuttle locations.

  1. WEST CAMPUS (parking lots west of SR 315): pick-up at Mount Hall and drop off in the lot near Sisson Hall near the pedestrian bridge.
  2. DISABILITY LOT: pick-up north of St. John Arena and drop-off on the east side of Ohio Stadium near Gate 22. This shuttle is ADA compliant and guests may request a wheelchair service upon entering Ohio Stadium.
  3. COTA SHUTTLE: The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) provides an Express Service from two Park & Ride locations, Crosswoods Park & Ride and the Ohio Expo Center & State Fairgrounds. Buses operate three hours before and two hours after each home game. Guests are dropped off at Neil & 17th, just one block from Ohio Stadium. After the game, pick up the bus in the same location to get back to your car. Fares can be purchased at the Park & Ride locations and are cash only. Click here for more information on the COTA Gameday Shuttle.

Smoking Policy
The use of all types of tobacco products (including and not limited to, cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos, hookah smoked products, pipes, oral tobacco and nasal tobacco) is prohibited in all university buildings and on all university-owned properties, including parking lots, garages, and all outside areas. This also includes any product intended to mimic tobacco products, contain tobacco flavoring, or deliver nicotine other than for the purpose of cessation.

Solicitation/Literature
Resale of tickets, setting up a promotional space and/or distributing banners, booklets, business cards, circulars, commercial advertising, flyers, folders, handbills, leaflets, notices, pamphlets, posters, stickers, or any other written, printed and/or painted materials in or around Ohio Stadium without the permission of The Ohio State University Department of Athletics is prohibited.

Tailgating
Click here for information on the all new Buckeye Park by Tailgate Club! Buckeye Park by Tailgate Club offers customizable tailgate packages to suit your unique game day needs, catering options to make meals a breeze, and a prime reserved tailgate space in Coffey Road Park – only steps from Ohio Stadium.

Possession and consumption of alcohol are subject to the laws and regulations of the State of Ohio and/or City of Columbus which state, among others: No person shall have in the person’s possession an opened container of beer or intoxicating liquor in any public place.

Law Enforcement Officers enforce all applicable laws.

Complete State of Ohio and The Ohio State University Alcohol Policies can be found by clicking on the appropriate links.

Guests without football parking permits who are interested in setting up a tailgate should plan to set up those tailgates in any Day-of-Game Parking Lot, including the Disability Parking Lots. Day-of-game parking spaces are available at 5am on the day of the game on a first-come, first-served basis. Season permit parking spaces and RV parking spaces are reserved for those who have purchased a parking permit. Information about obtaining a parking permit can be found by contacting the Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-BUCKS.

Trailers, storage units, and tailgating activities may not take up vacant parking spaces, vehicle unloading spaces, crosswalks or interfere with traffic flow within a parking lot. Drive lanes in parking lots must be maintained at all times. Parking permit holders are responsible for the functions they host in their parking spaces. Vehicle and tailgate must fit within the 8.5′ x 15′ space provided. Any vehicles larger than the above will be asked to purchase an RV pass or park at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.

No tents or fencing requiring staking may be set up without prior approval. It is recommended that expandable 10×10 “pop-up” tents be used when possible. Tents may be set up NO EARLIER than 5:00pm on the Thursday prior to a home football game (Saturday). Tents must be removed by NOON on the day after the home football (Sunday).

Guests who are interested in setting up tents or inflatables and grilling at their tailgate should adhere to the OSU Emergency Management and Fire Prevention Policies. No charcoal grilling is permitted on the Ohio State University campus with the exception of designated locations. Liquid propane grills are permitted on campus as long as the following safety protocols listed here: OSU Emergency Management and Fire Prevention Policies. Open burning, including but not limited to fire pits, fire rings, stoves, or chimneys, are not allowed on campus, nor within the City of Columbus.

No bills, signs, banners or tent frames may be attached to University furniture, trees, or light poles. Freestanding signs must be secure and safe, and be no larger than 4 by 4 feet. No signs causing ground penetration are permitted without prior approval.

Personal/single Port-A-Johns may be delivered no sooner than Thursday at 4:00pm prior to a home game.  Typically, your vendor will place them in an area that won’t disrupt daily operations. On Saturday mornings, you will have to push/move it into your tailgating location.  It must fit within your parking space OR may go into a “dead” space that is not utilized for gameday parking. All portable toilets must be removed on Sunday. The University does not require the use of a certain portable toilet vendor.

Ticket Policies

  1. GENERAL POLICIES
    1. Admittance Policy – Everyone regardless of age is required to have a ticket, credential, or be on a pass list to gain admission.
      1. Fans wishing to bring small children (under the age of 2) to a football game may purchase a lap ticket for $10 for their infant. This ticket will allow the infant to enter the venue but that child must sit on their parent/guardian’s lap. If a seat must be occupied by the child and/or a carrier, then a regular ticket must be purchased.
      2. Lap tickets are only available on game/event day and can be purchased at the ticket office located at Gate 5
  • Lap tickets are only available on game/event day and can be purchased at the ticket office located at Gate 5
  1. Only children UNDER age 2 are eligible for the lap ticket discount
  1. Disability Seating
    1. Guests are able to exchange their tickets for tickets that meet their disability-related need, based on availability.
    2. Guests requiring disability seating should contact the Athletics Ticket Office at least two weeks in advance, and are encouraged to make the exchange in advance of game day if possible. Advance exchanges are made at the Athletics Ticket Office located in the Schottenstein Center.
  • If guests cannot make the exchange in advance of game day, then guests can enter Ohio Stadium with their original tickets and proceed to the Ticketing Services window located at the Ohio Stadium Ticket Office at Gate 5 to make the exchange.
  1. Guests may call the Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-GOBUCKS (1-800-462-8257) for further details about the exchange process.
  1. Lost/Stolen Tickets
    1. Guests reporting lost/stolen tickets should contact the ticket office in advance at 1-800-GOBUCKS (1-800-462-8257), however there is no guarantee that lost or stolen tickets will be replaceable.
  2. Ticket Issues
    1. Guests experiencing ticket issues after entering the gates of Ohio Stadium should contact the nearest Usher or Redcoat for assistance. Guests also may report to the Ticketing Services window located at the ticket office at Gate 5.
  3. WARNING: Tickets should always be purchased from an authorized ticket agent, i.e. the Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office, Ticketmaster, or the Ohio State Ticket Exchange. Please be advised that StubHub, eBay and ticket brokers, for example, are not recognized ticketing agents of Ohio State. Tickets purchased from unauthorized agents could be counterfeit, stolen, or otherwise void, and will not be valid for admission to the event. Guests with invalid tickets will not be permitted to enter the Stadium and will have no recourse for reimbursement or other compensation.
  1. MOBILE PHONE ENTRY:
    1. Only Ticketmaster mobile-compatible tickets (generated by Ticketmaster and shown on a mobile device as a QR code, not a standard barcode) will be allowed to enter the venue via mobile device.
    2. All traditional print-at-home or PDF tickets MUST be printed and presented on paper for entry. As a service to our patrons, tickets purchased via unauthorized sources such as StubHub, Vivid Seats, eBay, craigslist, ticket brokers, or other agents not authorized by Ohio State may be reprinted by the Ohio State Ticket Office in conjunction with a non-refundable $20 per ticket fee. PLEASE NOTE: The ticket office is not responsible for validating tickets that were not purchased through an authorized source, and reprinting the ticket does not guarantee the validity of the ticket or entry into the facility.
    3. PROTECT YOURSELF- Only purchase tickets from authorized sources. For details on mobile entry, please refer to the Ohio State Digital Ticketing Guide.
  2. DISCOUNTED TICKETS: Access to discounted Ohio State football tickets is a privilege extended to Ohio State students, faculty and staff. This privilege does not entitle anyone to abuse the ticket policies by misusing assigned tickets. Given the high demand for Ohio State football tickets and the desire to allow maximum usage of tickets by the student population and by current employees of the university, the following steps have been implemented:
    1. Discounted student and faculty/staff tickets require appropriate OSU ID prior to entering the gates of Ohio Stadium.
    2. Students and faculty/staff electing to let the general public use their ticket are required to exchange their discounted ticket for a full price public ticket in advance of game day at the Athletics Ticket Office. This exchange requires paying the difference between the discounted price and the public price, as well as any service charges that apply.
    3. The exchange of student and faculty/staff discounted tickets for a public ticket must be made prior to the day of the game by the original ticket holder only.
    4. Students and faculty/staff will retain the ability to allow other members of the Ohio State community to use their discounted tickets provided they have the required OSU identification.
    5. Individuals abusing their ticket privileges may lose all future ticket buying privileges.
  3. FACULTY/STAFF TICKETS:
    1. Guests with faculty/staff discounted season tickets are required to present a valid OSU ID at the gate to gain admission. One valid OSU ID gets two faculty/staff ticket holders into the game.
    2. For more information, reference the Faculty/Staff Ticket Ordering Information here
  4. STUDENT TICKETS:
    1. Guests with student season tickets are required to present a valid OSU Student ID at the gate to gain admission. One valid OSU Student ID gets one student ticket holder into the game.
    2. Anyone who has a student ticket and does not have an ID will not be permitted to enter the Stadium. Student tickets may be picked up at the Athletics Ticket Office in the Schottenstein Center during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm).
      Students must meet the required criteria to be able to pick up their ticket.
    3. For more information, reference the Student Football Ticket Ordering Information here
  5. GENERAL PUBLIC WILL CALL TICKETS:
    1. General public will call tickets may be picked up at the Athletics Ticket Office in the Schottenstein Center during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm).  On game day, will call is located at Gate 5 near the northwest corner of the stadium and opens 4 hours prior to kick off.  Proper photo ID is required for pick-up.
  6. PLAYER GUEST WILL CALL TICKETS
    1. The Ohio State Player Guest Will Call is located at the Ohio Stadium Ticket Office at Gate 5. This area opens two hours prior to kickoff and will remain open until the end of the first half. Individuals receiving tickets from players must show proper ID and immediately enter the stadium. Visiting Team Will Call is located at Gate 6 on the northeast corner of Ohio Stadium.
    2. The Visiting Team Will Call is located at Gate 6 on the northeast corner of Ohio Stadium.
  7. RECRUIT TICKETS:
    1. Football recruits must enter Ohio Stadium through the Recruit Room at the southeast tower between Gates 26 and 32. The Recruit Room will remain open until the end of the first half. Non-football recruits must enter at the Ohio Stadium Ticket Office at Gate 5. Individuals receiving recruit tickets must show proper ID and immediately enter the stadium
  8. LAP TICKET POLICY
    1. Ohio State University adheres to the Big Ten Conference policy of requiring that all guests, regardless of age, must present a valid ticket for entrance into football, men’s basketball, and men’s ice hockey games.
    2. Fans wishing to bring small children (under the age of 2) to any of these events may purchase a lap ticket at a discounted rate for their infant.
    3. This ticket will allow the infant to enter the venue but that child must sit on their parent/guardian’s lap.
    4. If a seat must be occupied by the child and/or a carrier, then a regular ticket must be purchased. Lap tickets are only available on game/event day and can be purchased at the Gate 5 ticket office at Ohio Stadium. Only children UNDER age 2 are eligible for the lap ticket discount
  9. CAN I LOSE MY TICKET PRIVILEGES?
    1. Yes, you may lose your ticket privileges if you have engaged in conduct that is determined, by either OSU or the NCAA, to be in violation of any NCAA rule or if, in OSU’s reasonable discretion, you have otherwise taken any action that jeopardizes the eligibility of OSU’s programs or its student-athletes.

Tours of Ohio Stadium

Go behind the scenes at the Ohio Stadium on a private, guided tour that takes you inside the storied history of Buckeye Football. During a tour of Ohio Stadium, you will have an exclusive look at some of the most treasured spaces in Ohio Stadium.

  • Tours are not available on gamedays, nor are they available on the Thursday and Friday prior to a home gamedays.
  • Tours can be scheduled year-round by appointment only on Monday through Thursday at any time between 9:00am and 3:00pm (last tour can start at 3:00pm). A typical tour lasts 1.5 hours.
  • A two-week notice is required to schedule a tour. Cannot schedule tours more than six months in advance.
  • Tours are not available on university holidays.
  • There are no add-ons to another group’s tour.

Click here for full information on booking a tour of Ohio Stadium.

Ushers/ Redcoats
Guests should contact the nearest Usher or Redcoat for assistance in seating locations, medical emergencies, or for anything else that might make the visit more enjoyable.

Water Fountains
Water fountains are located near sections 17A, 18A, 18C, 19C, South Stands and on D Deck. Guests who would like water may request a courtesy cup from any concession stand.

Weather Information
The safety of our fans and visitors is our number one priority and The Ohio State University Department of Athletics is prepared to communicate with fans when inclement weather interferes with events at Ohio Stadium.

Please visit emergency.osu.edu or follow Ohio State’s Emergency Management Twitter or Facebook accounts for official safety and game day weather-related information. For general game-day updates, fans are advised to follow the official social media channels for the Ohio State department of athletics: @OhioStAthletics on Twitter and Facebook.com/Buckeyes. Fans can also listen to Flagship station 97.1 FM The Fan for up-to-date news and information.

The most important message in advance of any kind of weather situation is for fans to listen to instructions from law enforcement officers and Public Safety personnel. Parking lot attendants will share details, when possible, as fans arrive. Once inside Ohio Stadium, please listen to the announcements over the public address system and to the instructions of the redcoats and ushers in their section of the stadium.

Ohio State monitors weather and has policies and procedures in place but each situation is different. The most likely scenario in an inclement weather situation is for fans to Shelter in Place. If inside the stadium, this often means leaving the open-seating area and taking shelter on the concourse, however, we advise everyone to follow the instructions given at the time.

We do not advise fans to leave Ohio Stadium during an inclement weather situation, however, fans that choose to do so will be allowed to re-enter with their ticket stubs. Those not already inside Ohio Stadium may opt to take cover in their cars or inside French Field House, St. John Arena or other open facilities.