We recommend that anyone who is considered to be “high-risk” under CDC guidelines, refrain from coming to the stadium at this time. Click here to learn more about the CDC’s guidelines.
Ohio Stadium’s No Bag Policy will continue to be in place for the 2020 season. 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 may enter through their assigned entry gate to have their items inspected.
All concessions locations and parking locations will be operated as ‘cashless’. Mobile ordering, credit cards and smartphone payments options will be available to guests.
Limited concessions will be available inside Ohio Stadium. Skip the line and order your food ahead of time. Mobile ordering will be required at the concession stands near your seating section. Download the Ohio State Buckeyes gameday app or scan the QR code near the stand to start your order. Then step up to the stand and pick up your food.
All concession personnel will undergo COVID-19 safety training. Our partners at Levy Restaurants have prepared an altered menu of food with more prepackaged/wrapped food items. Self-serve soda fountains in Ohio Stadium will be closed but beverages will be available directly from the concession stand. Enhanced cleaning will be part of our food service operation.
You must follow all Ohio Stadium policies, including health and safety policies, and posted instructions while in the stadium and on stadium grounds. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting Ohio Stadium, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
Gates will open 90 minutes prior to kickoff. All guests are assigned a specific Gate to enter. This gate is listed on your ticket. In order to provide for a less congested entry, please enter through the assigned gate number placed on your ticket. Please consider arriving earlier than you normally would in order to reduce congestion and wait times. Physical distancing, larger line queues, and other safety protocols will slow down the entry into the stadium from what you may be used to.
All staff, media, and stadium employees will have their temperature taken before entering the facility. Any temperature above 100.4⁰F will be flagged, and that employee will be sent home. Like fans, all staff and stadium employees will be required to wear a face mask inside the building. They will also be required to complete a short heath screening questionnaire before entering the stadium on game day.
All guests entering Ohio Stadium are advised to conduct a personal health screening before arriving to campus. Those who feel ill, have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, have been exposed to someone with symptoms of COVID-19, have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or who have tested positive themselves, must stay home. Click here to learn more about the CDC’s health guidelines.
A First Aid Station staffed by the Columbus Fire Department will be open at section 17A.
Because of COVID-19 exposure risk, the normal Lost & Found operation will be discontinued for the 2020-2021 season. Only high value items (cell phones, credit cards, wallets) will be retrieved and stored by staff. ON gameday, visit Guest Services located at 3A. 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.
Face masks are required to be worn at all times on the Ohio State campus, indoors and outdoors, for those ages 2 and up. This includes all campus buildings and outdoor areas, Athletics facilities, parking areas, outside the stadium, gate entry, concourse, stadium seating bowl and club/loge areas. Face masks may not be removed while at your seat. Masks may only be removed, temporarily, for eating and drinking while seated.
Masks must be fabric or disposable surgical-style masks that cover the nose and mouth. Bandanas, scarves, gaiters, buffs and the like are not acceptable. Masks that have exhalation valves with or without filters may not be worn on campus.
The use of masks is not a substitute for physical distancing. Clear face shields may only be worn in combination with an approved face mask. Costume masks are also not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn.
If you are unable to wear a mask, you may complete a Disability Needs Request Form to discuss an alternative. Please complete the form 1-2 weeks in advance of the gameday you are attending. If you do not complete the Disability Needs Request Form ahead of time, you will be required to wear a mask.
To reduce the number of touchpoints, all parking passes for the 2020 season will be mobile. Parking passes will be delivered electronically via mobile delivery. Guests with tickets to the game will receive an email from the Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office, which will include a link to purchase and/or download their parking pass to their digital wallet. On game day, guests will present their smartphone to be scanned upon entry to the parking lot by CampusParc staff. Working staff will be provided link to download their digital parking permit. Disability parking spaces will be available in each of the gameday parking lots for those who have downloaded their digital permit – just notify the parking attendant of your need for a disability space.
Temporary adjustments are in place at Ohio Stadium to promote physical distancing. Physical distancing measures may include:
Signage and Ground Markings: Please follow directional signage and ground markings to better navigate common areas while practicing physical distancing.
Pod Seating: Game tickets will be distributed in “pods” to support physical distancing between each group of ticketholders attending together, with the expectation that fans will be attending games with family members they have been sheltering with and/or with trusted acquaintances. These ticketing pods will be arranged six feet apart from the next seating pod. For this reason, please make sure to sit in your assigned seat.
Proximity to Players and Each Other: The first several rows of seats closest to the field will be closed off to support physical distancing between fans and players.
Training: Ohio Stadium employees are trained to engage with guests and promote physical distancing guidelines in common areas and queues. Please follow direction of Ohio Stadium employees while practicing physical distancing.
Ohio Stadium seating capacity will be limited for the 2020 season and will be based on the establishment of “family seating pods”. The pattern of “pods” will be arrayed throughout the stadium bowl and distanced from the adjacent pod. Guests are expected to sit in their ticketed/assigned seat and not move toward or join another pod. Stadium chair backs will be installed on all seats that may be used inside Ohio Stadium. Stadium event staff will continuously monitor and separate fans who are not sitting in their assigned seats or on their chair back seat. Failure to follow the direction of stadium personnel or law enforcement can result in ejection from the facility or loss of ticket privileges. All guests must follow the policies set forth in the Guest Code of Conduct.
Tailgating will not be permitted on campus for the 2020 season. All parking lots and garages across campus will be closed off. Only those with tickets or a working credential will be permitted to park in their designated lots. Arrangements will be made for working medical center staff or other essential campus personnel who will be working on campus during gamedays. University departments that normally host tailgating events must continue to follow the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes Guidelines for hosting events and activities.
This tailgating restriction includes, but is not limited to, all parking lots, parking garages, green spaces, lawns or plazas. Prohibited items and activities include: trailers & oversized vehicles, tents or canopies of any size, tables, grills, generators, televisions, sharable foods & beverages, games & activities. Police and public health officials will monitor campus spaces to ensure a safe atmosphere. All state and local public health orders and laws will be enforced.
Player/Staff Guest Will Call is located at the Ohio Stadium Ticket Office at Gate 5. This area opens 90 minutes prior to kickoff and remains open until the end of the first half. Individuals receiving tickets must show proper ID and immediately enter the stadium.
If you are in need of disability seating, please visit the Gate 5 Ticket Office on game day for assistance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 may enter through their assigned entry gate to have their items inspected.
Bicycle parking near the corner of Woody Hayes and Olentangy River Road will be closed.
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.
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.
If you would like to recognize outstanding service or you have an issue that needs to be addressed, you can either:
In case of an emergency, please contact the nearest law enforcement officer or usher directly.
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: Directions given on GPS systems may not be accurate on game days.
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 in need of disability seating should visit the Gate 5 Ticket Office on game day for assistance.
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.
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.
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.
A First aid station is located at 17A. This station is staffed with Columbus Fire 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.
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 will not be sold on-site for the 2020 season
Ohio Stadium gates will open 90 minutes prior to kickoff.
Our friendly and knowledgeable staff members are available to assist our guests with potential questions, comments or concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact the nearest staff member for assistance.
Guests with children at the game are encouraged to contact the nearest Usher 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).
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.
Guests may visit First Aid located at 17A.
Animals, except trained service dogs or miniature horses, are not permitted into Ohio Stadium.
Service Dogs in Training are recognized by the Ohio Revised Code and are permitted into Ohio Stadium. Service dogs in training must have a liability insurance policy provided by the non-profit agency sponsoring the training and be under control. Typically, puppy rearing (under six months of age) focused on socialization and general obedience training is not considered Service Animal Training.
Emotional Support Animals may be permitted into Ohio State facilities as a reasonable accommodation. Requests must be reviewed by the University ADA Coordinator’s Office. Guests wishing to make a request for an Emotional Support Animal to an event should complete this Disability Needs Request Form at least two week prior to the event.
Guests may not enter the playing field at any time. VIOLATORS ARE SUBJECT TO ARREST AND MAY BE PROSECUTED.
All items and persons entering Ohio Stadium are subject to security screening and inspection.
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.
The following items are NOT permitted to be brought into Ohio Stadium:
The following expectations have been established regarding behavior & fan conduct:
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.
Special announcements on the public address system are limited to medical and police emergencies.
The flagship station for Ohio State football games is WBNS Radio 1460/97.1 the Fan.
Guests will NOT be permitted to re-enter Ohio Stadium once they leave.
Accessible restrooms are located near sections 12A and 13A.
Family restrooms are located near sections 12A and 13A.
The Department of Public Safety continually evaluates its protocols to ensure we follow best practices to support overall safety. Law enforcement will have an enhanced visual presence in and around the stadium this season. 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.
Shuttle services are closed for the 2020 season.
Skull Session has been cancelled for the 2020 season.
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.
The Ohio State University and University Housing complies with Drug-Free Communities and Schools Act (DFSCA) (20 U.S.C. 1011i; 34 C.F.R. part 86) as well as Drug Free Workplace Act which requires a drug-free environment on campus. Though medical marijuana is legalized under Ohio law, marijuana (including medical marijuana) remains illegal under federal law and is categorized as an illicit substance. Because of this, the possession, use, storage, and cultivation of marijuana and medical marijuana (regardless of its form, including but not limited to: oils, tinctures, plant material, edibles or patches) by students, faculty, staff, and visitors remains prohibited on all University property.
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.
Water fountains have been closed for the 2020 season.
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.
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
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.
Ohio Stadium does offer a complimentary wheelchair service inside our facility. Once you enter a gate to Ohio Stadium, you can summon a nearby Redcoat or Usher and ask for a wheelchair escort. A staff member will pick up the person needing the escort at the gate and take them to their seat. At the end of the game/concert or when you wish to leave, simply ask a nearby Usher for a wheelchair pickup. A staff member will take you from your seat to a gate. Our wheelchair staff members are unable to go outside Ohio Stadium to pick up or drop off guests.
Texting with friends and family, posting on social media and surfing the web now is available to fans inside Ohio Stadium with the newly installed osuFanWifi.
For more on Ohio Stadium WiFi, please visit go.osu.edu/TheShoe_Wifi_Info
To follow along the most up-to-date stats, live audio and an in-game photo gallery, visit OhioStateBuckeyes.com/gameday-live.