Ohio State University Athletics Facilities Policies

Best Fans in the Land

Please conduct yourself in an appropriate manner. Our attitudes and actions not only reflect upon our individual character but also on the character of our university as a whole. As Buckeyes, it is essential to take the initiative to foster a friendly and welcoming environment for all, portray our university with the pride and respect it deserves. While you cheer on our team, please keep these ideals in mind and prove Ohio State has the Best Fans in the Land.

See below for common FAQs and policy notes for Ohio State University Athletics facilities:


Ohio State Athletics Facilities Policies

Alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted to be brought into Ohio State University Athletic Facilities. Guests identified with prohibited alcohol beverages inside the facility will have the alcohol confiscated and may be ejected from the facility. Possession and consumption of alcohol in the facility parking areas are subject to the laws and regulations of the State of Ohio and/or City of Columbus.

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.

Banners, posters and signs are not permitted in the facility. You will be asked to return them to your vehicle or dispose of them upon entry.


Bags or purses of any size are NOT permitted into our facilities. Wallets and wristlets no larger than 5”x8”x1” are permitted. All items and persons entering our facilities are subject to security screening and inspection.

Guests entering with medical, dietary, or childcare needs may bring a bag approximately 14x14x4 with necessary belongings. These bags are subject to security screening and inspection.

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.

Guests with disability needs should reach out to the nearest Redcoat or Usher for assistance. If you have needs, please feel free to submit a Disability Needs Request Form ahead of time so that we can make your visit the most comfortable.

Redcoats and facility staff will attempt to collect any found items following the end of an event. If you need to try to find your item after you have left the facility, submit a Lost Item Report online and we will try to match it up with the items that were found/logged. Reports will be viewed on the next business day (i.e. our facilities may be closed on the weekends). Found items that have been matched to your Lost Item Report will be mailed/shipped directly to you or can be held for pickup for 30 days following the event. Guests are responsible for the mailing/shipping fees. To search or report a lost item, please report it by submitting a Lost Item Report.

All items will be kept for 30 days following the event in which it was found. After that period, all unclaimed articles will be donated to area organizations or disposed of. If we have matched a found item to your Lost Item Report, you will have 30 days following the event where it was found to pick it up. After that period, your item will be discarded.

Items we will accept and hold: wallets and clutches, credit cards, IDs, electronics, keys, glasses, jewelry, jackets/outerwear

Items we will NOT accept and will discard immediately: Personal clothing (t-shirts, pants, hats, socks, gloves, etc.), weapons (knives, mace, etc.) umbrellas, flip flops and shoes, prescriptions drugs, tobacco or vaping supplies, personal care items (lotions, make-up, hair brushes, hair products, ear plugs)

The following items are permitted but subject to security screening and inspection:

  • Binoculars (without a case)
  • Blankets (unrolled or unbagged)
  • Body worn baby carriers with child (including but not limited to wraps, slings, soft pack baby carrier, etc.)
  • Cameras (still) with a lens 100mm or less
  • Coats (worn or carried)
  • Mobility devices (including but not limited to canes, crutches, walkers, rollators, wheelchairs, scooters, etc.)
  • Rain apparel and ponchos (worn or carried)
  • Seat cushions are permitted that are foam and do not have back supports, zippers, or storage slots
  • Small radios with headphones
  • One 14x14x4 bag per person will be permitted for:
    • Dietary or medical needs (medications, single serving snack for medical needs, etc.)
    • Child care needs (diapers, formula, baby food, baby bottle, etc.)
  • Umbrellas: 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)
  • Water bottles that are clear, plastic and empty
  • Wallet, Wristlet, or Clutch (with or without strap) no larger than 5″ x 8″ x 1″. Click here for more information.

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.

All items and persons entering our facilities are subject to security screening and inspection via a walk through metal detector and/or a hand wand metal detector or visual search. An inspection of your person, parcels, bags, and clothing capable of concealing prohibited items may be inspected. 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 our facilities. Wallets, wristlets, or clutch no larger than 5 in. x 8 in. x 1 in. are permitted. The following items are NOT permitted to be brought into our facilities:

  1. All Bags (including but not limited to backpacks, fanny packs, purses, string or ‘cinch’ bags, messenger bags, crossbody bags, camera bags, briefcases, grocery bags, roll bags, binocular cases, duffle bags or any other bags)
  2. Alcohol
  3. Animals (except service dogs for guests with disabilities)
  4. Audio or Video Recording Equipment including those that are attached to unmanned aircraft systems or model aircrafts.
  5. Banners, Flags and Signs
  6. Bicycles
  7. Cameras with a lens greater than 100mm (along with Monopods, Dual Pods and Tripods), including those that are attached to unmanned aircraft systems or model aircrafts.
  8. Chairs including Folding Chairs, Portable Chairs, Stools, Lawn Chairs
  9. Clothing with profane, inappropriate or abusive language
  10. Containers (common examples include but are not limited to hard sided coolers, soft pack coolers, ice chests, picnic baskets, cans, heavy plastic or glass bottles, thermoses)
  11. Confetti, streamers, glitter, balloons
  12. Drones (including but not limited to unmanned aircraft systems or model aircrafts.
  13. Firearms. 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
  14. Fireworks
  15. Food or beverages
  16. Illegal Drugs
  17. Inflatables (balls, balloons, etc.)
  18. Laptops and computers
  19. Laser pointers
  20. Markers (permanent) and/or paint
  21. Noisemaking devices (common examples include but are not limited to whistles, air horns, bull horns, blow horns, musical instruments, kazoos, bugles, cow bells, thunder sticks, sirens, milk jugs with rocks or coins, and stereos)
  22. Seat cushions that have back supports, zippers, or storage slots
  23. Sticks, Poles, Pipes or Selfie sticks
  24. Strollers and car-seat type baby carriers are not permitted. Body worn baby carriers with child (including but not limited to wraps, slings, soft pack baby carrier, etc.) are allowed.
  25. Signs
  26. Sports Equipment (common examples include but are not limited to balls, beach balls, footballs, baseballs, lacrosse balls, segways or other motorized scooters, skateboards, and roller blades)
  27. Televisions or video monitors
  28. Weapons or items that mimic weapons including but not limited to: (aerosol cans, mace, pepper spray, lighters, matches, firearms, including CCW permit holders, fireworks, pocket knives, knives, spiked bracelets, brass knuckles, martial arts weapons, stun guns, squirt guns, super soakers and chains) or any item deemed dangerous or inappropriate.
  29. Wrapped gifts, packages or items

The following expectations have been established regarding behavior & fan conduct:

  • Guests should be a positive role model for those around them. Guests will expect and encourage good displays of sportsmanship from fellow fans.
  • Guests should conduct themselves in a manner that represents their University, their Conference, and the NCAA with honor, dignity, and respect. Guests shall not exhibit behavior that interferes with the enjoyment of the game or event by those around them.
  • Guests should cheer positively for their team and refrain from taunting, threatening, vulgar, abusive, racist, sexist, or demeaning remarks or gestures directed towards the coaches, student-athletes, fans, staff and game officials. Threats include statements, actions and behaviors that could reasonably be foreseen as having a purpose to inflict physical harm, even if the person making the threat doesn’t have the ability to carry out the threat. State of Ohio Disorderly Conduct Law
  • Guests shall comply with all facility policies.
  • Guests should sit only in their ticketed seats and show their tickets when requested, should not stand on seats, should not stand in the aisles, should not enter the playing area and should not throw any items onto the playing area.
  • Guests should follow all local, state, or federal laws and will follow the instructions of event staff. State of Ohio Open Container Policy
  • Guests appearing intoxicated, inebriated or showing other signs of impairment related to alcohol consumption or drug use may be denied entry and may be subject to ejection. Intervention with an intoxicated or impaired guest will be handled in a prompt and safe manner.
  • Guests should wear clothing without obscene or indecent messages. Guests will remove or cover up such clothing deemed offensive or obscene upon request.
  • Guests should be responsible for their own conduct and the conduct of others who use their tickets.

The Ohio State University and the Ohio State Athletic Department do not discriminate basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status, or any other bases under the law. The Ohio State Athletic Department is committed to adherence to this policy. Click here for more details.

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.

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.

Re-entering the facility is not permitted.

Guests should contact the nearest usher or redcoat for assistance in seating locations, medical emergencies, or for anything else that might make the visit more enjoyable