Ohio State Buckeyes fans Kelly and Cole Meiser of Canton, Ohio tailgate outside Ohio Stadium prior to the Buckeyes' game against the Michigan State Spartans. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio Stadium Tailgating

Tailgating Information

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 laws regarding open containers and The Ohio State University Alcohol Policies can be found by clicking on the appropriate links. 

Trailers, storage units, porta johns, and tailgating activities/equipment 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. Those purchasing a parking space 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/fencing requiring staking may be set up without prior approval from the University. 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 in grass areas around campus. Tents may not be erected inside parking lots until after 5:00am on gamedays. 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 Tent & Grilling 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. Canvassing (including but not limited to product sampling, flyering, coupon distribution, etc. ), solicitation of funds, sales of products/subscriptions are prohibited on the university campuses, grounds, parking areas or in university buildings. 

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 a nearby area within your lot that won’t disrupt daily operations. On Saturday mornings, you will have to push/move your portable toilet into your tailgating location.  It must fit within your parking space OR may go into an adjacent “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.

Tailgating Recipes pres. by Ohio Poultry Association

Check out all the tailgate treats on www.OhioEggs.com.