The entry experience into Ohio Stadium is changing this year. Check out this video to see how parking permits, security screening, and ticket scanning will be different!
The start of any new Ohio State Buckeyes college football season at Ohio Stadium always features important new protocols and changes. The 2021 season is no different and, in fact, will feature a number of very significant changes driven by new technologies, improved efficiencies, safety measures and construction projects.
Briefly and with more detail below: the department has a new official Ohio State Buckeyes app that fans are encouraged to download – free – for not only season ticket and parking access, but also game day info, team stats, rosters and more. In addition:
Here’s a closer look at the changes and technologies that will be in place for games this season.
New Ohio State Buckeyes App
The best way to access season tickets and parking passes is through the Ohio State Buckeyes app. The Department of Athletics is rolling out a new official app that is compatible with both iOS and Android devices. For those fans who already have the Ohio State Buckeyes app, this new update is available now in the Apple and Google Play app stores. To download the app for the first time, visit the Apple App Store or Google Play, or search “Ohio State Buckeyes” in your device’s app store.
The official Ohio State Buckeyes app will feature mobile ticket management, concessions ordering, venue mapping and free live audio of the game along with numerous other options. For more app info: https://go.osu.edu/new_ath_app
Traffic and Shuttles
Ohio State continues to invest in the future of teaching, research and patient care through active construction projects that will change the way many fans enter and exit campus on game day. All fans should plan ahead, arrive early and allow additional time to get inside the stadium.
Fans will no longer receive their game tickets in the mail and instead will display their tickets on their mobile device. Mobile tickets offer contactless entry into Ohio Stadium, and other athletics venues, along with greater convenience and safety. Fans can access their ticket online, transfer to family and friends, utilize Buckeyes TicketExchange, or donate tickets to charity. Mobile tickets will be available for fans to access as soon as they have selected their seats for the 2021 season and are paid in full. Options for fans without smart phones will be forthcoming.
More information on accessing and managing mobile tickets can be found by visiting Ohio State’s Digital Ticketing Guide.
All parking will be cashless this year and passes will be on fans’ mobile devices. Individuals with season parking permits will access their passes via their Ohio State Buckeyes Account alongside their game tickets. Fans will scan the QR code on their mobile device upon entry to the parking lot.
Credit cards only will be accepted at all public parking locations. Apple Pay and Google Pay will not be accepted. The price to park is $20.
Cashless operations will be utilized throughout Ohio Stadium this year, including for program sales, concessions, ticket office transactions and merchandise. Fans will be able to make purchases with Apple Pay/Google Pay or a credit or debit card. Cash will not be accepted.
All gates into Ohio Stadium will have ticket pedestals – there will be 120 such pedestals in the stadium –that fans will use for access into the game by scanning their ticket from their own mobile device.
All Ohio Stadium entry gates will be equipped with the latest technology in walk-through metal detectors that guests will need to pass through for entry. Fans will not need to empty their pockets unless instructed by stadium security. The goal is for a frictionless entry into Ohio Stadium.
No Bag Policy
Ohio State will continue its no bag policies at Ohio Stadium and all athletic department venues. Small bags, no larger than 5x8x1 inches will be permitted. Guests with medical or childcare needs will be permitted to carry one bag, no larger than 14x14x4 inches, into the stadium through one of these two locations: the Band Center entrance between Gates 10 and 12, or the Press Entrance between the Huntington Club and Gate 23.
Med Center Restricted to Patients’ Needs
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center will be restricted to only patients, visitors, faculty and staff on game days. It can no longer be a “cut through” for fans walking to Ohio Stadium. If you are heading to the game, please be considerate of our patients and do not use the hospital as a cut-through.
Ohio State University updated its mask protocols last week to enhance the health and safety of the campus community and to reflect updated guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Students, faculty, staff and visitors to all Ohio State campuses and medical facilities are required to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are required outdoors for unvaccinated individuals when they cannot maintain physical distancing. Vaccinated people are not required to mask outdoors.
Football game day mask policies include:
The Ohio State University encourages everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Additional 2021 Game Day Notes: