March 11, 2020

Cancelations, Attendance Limits for Ohio State Athletic Events


UPDATE – Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office beings refund process.

UPDATE (Mar. 12, 2020 | 4:16 p.m.) – Big Ten, NCAA cancel remaining winter and spring championships.

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UPDATE (Mar. 12, 2020 | 1:17 p.m.) – Ohio high school tournaments postponed.

The OHSAA Girls Basketball and Wrestling Tournaments were to take place on the Ohio State athletics campus in St. John Arena and the Schottenstein Center, respectively.


UPDATE (Mar. 12, 2020 | 11:49 a.m.) – Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament canceled.

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INITIAL RELEASE (Mar. 11, 2020 | 8:50 p.m.) – Ohio State Spring Game canceled; attendance limited at athletic events.

All events will be closed to the public; refunds to fans who have already purchased tickets will begin.

The Ohio State Department of Athletics will continue to host intercollegiate athletic sporting events, but attendance at all events for the remainder of the academic year will be limited to student-athletes and their immediate family members, team coaches and staff, essential event management, operational and facility staff, and credentialed members of the media. All events will be closed to the public.

In addition, the Ohio State spring football game, set for April 11 at Ohio Stadium, has been canceled.

The university has been working closely with Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, who has recommended that sporting events can continue, but with extremely limited spectators, as the state continues its efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).


Refunds for fans who have purchased tickets to Ohio State sporting events, beginning with the women’s gymnastics meet Saturday against Pittsburgh, will be processed as follows: Tickets purchased online or via phone will be automatically refunded within five to seven business days; tickets purchased in person can be returned to the point of purchase for a full refund.

What do I need to do regarding coronavirus?

The university launched a website with information about the coronavirus as well as an email account to which general questions about the coronavirus can be directed:

In general, practicing routine hygiene etiquette and maintaining a healthy immune system are the best ways to prevent the spread of infection:

  • Stay home when you are sick and keep a safe six-foot distance from others to prevent disease spread.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when you sneeze or cough, and throw away your tissue after one use.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water (20 seconds or longer) and use alcohol hand rub as a backup.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces.
  • Frequently clean and disinfect “high-touch” surfaces.
  • Anyone who is seriously ill should seek medical advice from a health care provider or emergency department.