Prohibited Items

Large bags and backpacks are not permitted. To present a safe event for everyone, jackets and bags may be searched upon entry. If prohibited items are found, the item will be confiscated OR the guest may return it to their vehicle. The Schottenstein Center does not safeguard personal belongings.

In addition to building search procedures and recognition of prohibited items, guests may be asked to comply with security requirements, i.e. removal of hats, emptying of metal from pockets and entry through metal detectors. The Schottenstein Center has the sole right to determine the type of pre-event screening. Refusal of search procedures may result in being denied entry into the venue.

Frequently Asked Questions About Walk-Through Metal Detectors

  • What items do I need to remove from my pockets or clothing before walking through the metal detectors?
    Phones, mobile devices, headwear, keys and any other large metal items must be removed.
  • Do I have to remove my shoes and other metal including belts, jewelry, hair clips?
    Do I have to remove my shoes and other metal including belts, jewelry, hair clips? Unlike at an airport, guests do NOT need to remove shoes, belts, small jewelry, hair clips, wallets or small amounts of loose change.
  • What if an alarm sounds?
    If an alarm is triggered, a secondary search will be conducted by a certified security staff member.
  • If I use a wheelchair, scooter or walker, do I still pass through the metal detectors?
    As long as the chair, scooter or walker fits through the machines. If the mobility device does not fit guests may request a wand screening.
  • If I have an artificial hip/knee or a pacemaker, do I still have to pass through the metal detectors?
    It is safe to proceed through the machines, however, guests may request a wand screening.
  • If I am an expectant mother, do I have to pass through the metal detectors?
    It is safe for expectant mothers to pass through the machines, however, guests may request a wand screening.
  • What is the policy for children?
    Children are subject to screening, however, infants may be carried. Parents with small children may proceed through the machines alongside their children.

Banners, posters and signs are not permitted for OSU athletic events and for most special events. Some events allow small signs as long as they do not impede the view of other guests. (Call 614-688-3939 to verify the policy for the event you will be attending.) No poles or sticks (including selfie sticks) will be allowed. Signs deemed offensive, vulgar or commercial will not be permitted.

Outside food and beverages, coolers, bottles and cans are not permitted.

Any type of laser object is strictly prohibited. Any guest found using such an object is subject to immediate ejection and confiscation of the object. In addition, game delays created by use of such objects could result in a penalty to the home team.

Noise-making devices are not permitted including but not limited to: horns, whistles, filled milk jugs, and bells. Guests may bring a small portable radio or television as long as they listen with an earpiece or headphones and it doesn’t obstruct other guests or aisle access.

For the safety and comfort of guests, staff, and artists, the following items are never permitted:

  • Animals (except service animals assisting guests with disabilities)
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Helium balloons and beach balls
  • Illegal drugs
  • Weapons of any kind (can include pocket knives, wallet chains, tools and jewelry)
  • Any items that in the judgment of venue management may pose a safety hazard or diminish the enjoyment of an event by other guests.

Vending, peddling, product sampling and flyering is prohibited without the express permission of venue management.