Prohibited Items/Actions

Playing Field
Guests may not enter the playing field at any time. VIOLATORS ARE SUBJECT TO ARREST AND MAY BE PROSECUTED.

Smoking Policy
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 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.

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.

Permitted Items/Bag Policy
Ohio Stadium Bag Policy

Bags or purses of any size are NOT permitted in Ohio Stadium. Wallets and wristlets no larger than 5 in. x 8 in. x 1 in. are permitted. All items and persons entering Ohio Stadium are subject to inspection.

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.

  • Binoculars
  • Blankets
  • Cameras (still) with a lens 100mm or less
  • Clutch, wallet or wristlets (with or without strap) no larger than 5″ x 8″ x 1″
  • Coat
  • Rain apparel
  • Seat cushions (foam without backs, zippers, or storage slots)
  • Seatback chairs (for those with a doctor’s note and are 16″ wide or less. Guests with a doctor’s note must enter through Band Center doors (between Gate 10 & 12) or at the Press Entrance (between the Huntington Club and Gate 23) to have their chairback and note inspected.
  • Others wishing to use a seatback are available to be rented in advance of game day on a season basis only at
  • Small radios with headphones
  • One 14x14x4 bag per person will be permitted for:
  • 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
  • Walking canes are permitted for those needing assistance with balance while walking

Prohibited Items
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.

The following items are NOT permitted to be brought into Ohio Stadium:

  • All Bags (including but not limited to backpacks, fanny packs, purses, string or ‘cinch’ bags, messenger bags, camera bags, briefcases, grocery bags, roll bags, binocular cases, duffle bags, or any other bags) Ohio Stadium Bag Policy
  • Alcohol
  • Animals (except assistive animals for guests with disabilities)
  • Audio Recording Equipment
  • Banners and Signs
  • Beverages
  • Bicycles
  • Cameras (still) with lens greater than 100mm (along with Monopods, Dual Pods and Tripods), including those that are attached to unmanned aircraft systems or model aircrafts.
  • Chairs with back supports (unless accompanied with a doctor’s note or unless those provided through Ohio State), Folding Chairs, Portable chairs, Stools, Lawn Chairs
  • Clothing with profane, inappropriate or abusive language
  • 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)
  • Confetti, streamers, glitter, balloons
  • Drones (including but not limited to unmanned aircraft systems or model aircrafts. See Drones section for more information on the FAA flight restriction around Ohio Stadium)
  • Fireworks
  • Food
  • Illegal Drugs
  • Laser pointers
  • Markers (permanent) and/or paint
  • 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 and boom boxes)
  • Sticks, Poles or Selfie sticks
  • Strollers or baby carriers
  • Signs
  • 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)
  • Televisions
  • Video Recording Equipment, including those that are attached to unmanned aircraft systems or model aircrafts.
  • 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.
  • Wrapped gifts or items

Prohibited Behavior & Fan Code of Conduct

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, homophobic, transphobic 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 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.