If you are a devoted Buckeye fan and interested in serving the guests of Ohio Stadium and our other athletic facilities, there is a place for you on our team! Our dedicated staff of Redcoats and Ushers assist the Event Management department with the planning and executing of Ohio State athletic events. You are an ambassador between the Athletic Department and our guests on event day! We are looking for folks that want to provide remarkable experiences for our guests, while being a part of exciting sporting and entertainment events.

All Redcoats & Usher positions have been filled for the 2019-2020 season! Please read through the below information before submitting your application for the 2020-2021 season. In order to become a Redcoat or Usher, you will need to submit an application and attend an Open Interview session.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Applicants must be able to remain in position, which may include standing, for up to several hours at a time, communicate and be approachable with a diverse group of people, work outside in the elements, and complete various tasks at the instruction of a supervisor. Applicants need to purchase a uniform, be available to work all home football games each season and support large stadium events such as concerts and OSU Commencement.

All applicants will be required to complete a criminal background check upon offer. Redcoats & Ushers are paid, part-time positions that participate in the OPERS retirement program. If you have previously retired from OPERS, you should check with your retirement plan before applying to become a Redcoat or Usher.

Redcoats & Ushers are paid university employees. Those holding current full time staff employment at Ohio State are not eligible for hire as a Redcoat or Usher. Those with faculty appointments (even if unpaid or term appointments) are likely not eligible for hire as a Redcoat or Usher.

The benefits for Athletics Redcoats and Stadium Ushers are immense. Not only do you get to be a part of the tradition that is 100 years in the making, you get to create remarkable experiences for our guests and our student-athletes. While our primary duty is to serve our guests, many staff members (based on your assignment at the event) will be able to see the competitions and shows while you work. Other benefits extended to Redcoats & Ushers include:

  • Free parking when you work
  • 50% off items at the concession stand
  • Complimentary game tickets (Pending availability, a pair of complimentary tickets are extended to each staff member annually to these sporting events: Football, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Ice Hockey, Women’s Gymnastics, Wrestling, Men’s Lacrosse, and Baseball.)
  • Paid annual training programs to stay current on the event and hospitality industry

Candidates must apply/interview for just one of two distinct paid positions that we have open this season: Athletics Redcoat or Stadium Usher.

Both Redcoats and Ushers are paid, part-time season positions at Ohio State. There are distinct differences between the two positions, such as work assignments, schedule, and events you can signup for.

Check out this FAQ sheet that will explain the difference between a Stadium Usher and an Athletics Redcoat.

All interested parties must complete an application for an Usher or Redcoat position. You may complete the application at any time and we will keep it on file until the Open Interview Session.

All applicants must attend an Open Interview Session to be considered for a position. There is no “waitlist” to become an Usher or Redcoat. Submitting an application and attending an Open Interview session is required in order to be considered for a position. If you do not attend Open Interviews, your application will be discarded and you may apply again next year. Applications are not kept on file from year to year.

The most convenient area to park for Open Interviews is in the West Stadium or Northwest Stadium parking lots along Cannon Drive, adjacent to Ohio Stadium. Those parking will need to use the ‘Pay by Plate’ machines in the lot or through the ParkMobile App and pay to park.

Candidates should enter Ohio Stadium through the glass Huntington Club doorway between Gates 17 and 23 on the West side of the stadium.

Applicants are taken into the interview room in the order that you arrive. Once in the interview room, the interview itself will last only 15-20 minutes. All applicants have an equal opportunity to be hired. Arriving first to the Open Interview sessions does not increase your chance of being hired.

 Following the Open Interview sessions, applicants will be notified via email if they have been declined or been given an employment offer.

Employment is conditional pending a criminal background check and attendance at a mandatory New Hire Orientation training. The date/time of the New Hire Orientation training will be provided upon offer of employment. If you are unable to attend the New Hire Orientation, the employment offer will be rescinded and you may apply again the following year.

For questions regarding the Redcoat/Usher programs, you can contact us by email:

Evan Derr
Associate Director, Event Management
Department of Athletics
The Ohio State University