Seat Selection Process


The Ohio State Department of Athletics is working in conjunction with the Big Ten and NCAA to safely return to competition for fall and winter sport seasons. As teams return to competition, the primary focus is to allow student athletes to remain healthy and safe throughout their seasons.

At the current time, there are no plans to provide tickets to fans outside of student athlete and coaches’ guests for their respective sports.

We will continue to evaluate fan attendance for upcoming future competitions and follow the advice and directives of the Governor, University leadership, the Big Ten Conference, health experts and medical officials when making these decisions.  We will communicate additional details to season ticket holders if/when additional fans are permitted to attend Ohio State Athletics events. 


FOOTBALL: A SEAT SELECTION PROCESS FOR SEASON TICKET HOLDERS WILL STILL TAKE PLACE WITH THE FOLLOWING ADJUSTMENTS:

  • Seats selected will only be for one year.
  • Seating for the 2020 season will be based on models that account for appropriate physical distancing within Ohio Stadium.
  • The timeline for seat selection will be adjusted to allow time for conference, state, and local officials to clarify physical distancing guidelines to provide the safest environment for fans while also maximizing allowable attendance.
  • Seat selection windows will be communicated via email at least five business days prior to the first selection window opening, at which time fans will have the opportunity to preview available seats.
  • The planned reseating of Ohio Stadium under the 2020 Seat Selection Process will now occur prior to the 2021 season for all eligible accounts.

Public Seat Selection Process (Football & Men’s Basketball)

This is an exciting time to be a part of Ohio State Athletics. Utilizing technology that provides a fully-immersive 3D interactive seating diagram and real-time seat availability data, full season ticket holders for football and men’s basketball now have the opportunity to select their own seat locations online.

Details of the seat selection process including answers to many common questions can be found by referencing the links on this page and/or by reading the FAQs below. You can experience the Ohio State Football Virtual Venue™ or Ohio State Men’s Basketball Virtual Venue™ by clicking the links included on this page.

Full re-seating of Ohio Stadium occurs every four years, beginning with the 2016 season. Seat selection windows begin after all season ticket orders have been processed, and are assigned based on the priority point system. For renewing season ticket holders, seat selections made beginning with the 2016 season are guaranteed through the 2019 season, as long as qualifying gifts (if applicable) and ticket payments are made by the appropriate deadlines. Renewing public season ticket holders will be given the opportunity each season to move their seats to available open inventory if desired, but are not required to select new seats until the next full seat selection which the 2020 Seat Selection Process will now occur prior to the 2021 season for all eligible accounts. Faculty/Staff full season ticket holders are required to select seats each season.

Renewing season ticket holders will be able to upgrade/move their season ticket locations during early September. Seat selection windows will begin in early September after all orders have been processed and will be determined based on consecutive years of men’s basketball season ticket purchases. Faculty/Staff season ticket holders are required to select seats each season.

All wrestling season ticket holders will select their own seats at the new Covelli Center. This empowers each full season ticket holder with the opportunity to choose their own seat locations based upon the university priority point system. Season ticket holders will select seats in 2020. Seats selected prior to the 2020 season will be retained for 4 seasons, and will need to be selected every 4 seasons after that.

Football

The Ohio State Football Virtual Venue™ is a fully-immersive 3D interactive seating diagram of Ohio Stadium. Developed by IOMEDIA, this technology allows customers to virtually place themselves inside any section at Ohio Stadium and experience the view from that location.

Select the Guided Tour for a tutorial on how to navigate the Virtual Venue. During the seat selection process, additional functionality allows customers to see real-time seat availability during their seat selection window.

The seat selection process gives season ticket holders the opportunity to select their seating based on their overall giving to the University. This process aims to integrate athletics giving, university giving, and continuous years of season ticket purchases for an equitable priority order by which season tickets will be allocated. Each account holder will be assigned an appointment time (seat selection window) based upon season ticket holder qualification and priority point ranking as shown below.

Notes:
* Suites, Club seats and Loges are not subject to the seat selection process.
* Faculty/Staff full season ticket holders are required to select seats each season.

Seat Selection Order

* Faculty/Staff sections will be available only to Faculty/Staff members.
* Faculty/Staff season ticket holders must select their seats every year.
* This group will select seats in specific Faculty/Staff sections, each season, with selection windows based on the Faculty/Staff priority point system as established by Athletic Council.
* Only seats received as the benefit of being a Faculty/Staff member can be selected in the Faculty/Staff sections.
* Faculty/Staff who purchase the non conference package will not select seats using the Seat Selection Process – seats will be assigned by the Athletics Ticket Office.
* Any qualifying members of this group who also qualify for public season tickets will have the option to select all seats based on their public priority points, but only in the public season ticket sections.

* Renewing AND new season ticket holders who have paid or entered into a payment plan for their ticket invoice by the published (adjusted) ticket renewal deadline
* Includes Buckeye Club, Presidents Club, Athletic Committeemen, and Long Time Purchasers
* Seat selection windows are determined based upon priority points as of the December 31, 2019 giving deadline. Accounts with identical point totals will be assigned randomly within the selection windows corresponding to their point total.

* Varsity O Football sections will be available only to Varsity O Football members.
* This group will select seats in specific Varsity O Football sections, with selection windows based on priority
point system.
* Varsity O football managers will be assigned selection windows after Varsity O football players, based on the
same priority order hierarchy mentioned above.
* Only seats received as the benefit of being a VOF member can be selected in the Varsity O sections.
* Any qualifying members of this group who also qualify for public season tickets will have the option to select all
seats based on their priority points, but only in the public season ticket sections.

FAQs

The best way to improve your points is to make a contribution to the Buckeye Club or the President’s Club by Dec. 31, 2019. You priority points ranking as of Dec. 31, 2019 will determine the order in which you will choose your seats during the 2020 seat selection process. Final priority is based on total points and not membership level. For more information on accruing and/or increasing your donor priority points, please contact the Buckeye Club or President’s Club.

  • 1 point for every $100 in university philanthropic giving
  • 1 point for every $1,000 in irrevocable planned gifts to the university
  • 1 point for every $10,000 in revocable planned gifts to the university
  • 1 point for every consecutive year of season tickets purchased
  • 1 point for every $100 in Athletics payments (Buckeye Club & Premium Seating)
  • 30 points for alumni status (one time only)
  • 40 points for letter winners in any varsity sport (one time only)

No. All 2020 public full season ticket holders will have to select new seats during their seat selection window. Seats selected will only be for one year. The planned re-seating of Ohio Stadium under the 2020 Seat Selection Process will now occur prior to the 2021 season for all eligible accounts.

Yes. All 2020 public full season ticket holders will have to select new seats during their seat selection window. The seats you select during the online selection process in 2020 will only be for one year. The planned reseating of Ohio Stadium under the 2020 Seat Selection Process will now occur prior to the 2021 season for all eligible accounts.

New season ticket holders for the 2020 season will receive a seat selection window based on their priority points and their season ticket classification as defined in the “Seat Selection Order” section above.  When your seat selection window opens, you will be able to select any available seat in any available section of Ohio Stadium.

Season ticket holders will be sent seat selection window information via email. In order to make sure you receive all important renewal and seat selection information, please make sure your email address is kept up to date with the Athletics Ticket Office.  This information will include step-by-step instructions for using the online site to select seats.

Yes. Full season ticket holders who wish to have their public seats assigned next to other season tickets for which they qualify (i.e. Faculty/Staff, Varsity O Football) will be able to indicate that choice during the online season ticket renewal process. Buckeye Club and President’s Club members have two options:

  1. Select all seats together based on your public priority points, but only in the public season ticket sections.
  2. Select your public seats based on your public priority points (in the public season ticket sections) and other seats during the selection window for your other designated group (in those designated sections).

No. The Faculty/Staff and Varsity O Football sections are limited only to tickets qualified as a benefit of being a member of those designated groups. Selecting public seats and Faculty/Staff/Varsity O seats together may only be done in the public season ticket sections, based on your public priority points.

When your selection window opens, you will have the opportunity to pick these seats, depending on available inventory. Please keep in mind, there is a price difference for B-Box and D-Box seats.

No. Each club seat holder and loge box holder will retain their contracted seats long as you continue to fulfill the obligations in your contract.

The Ohio State Football Virtual Venue™ allows season ticket holders to choose seats during a specific window of time. Each full season ticket holder is assigned a scheduled window of time in which to log-in to their online ticket account and choose their seats. A 3D view of Ohio Stadium from the seats will be available to preview before choosing your seats. Appointment times (seat selection windows) will be assigned based on the priority point system. Ticket holders with the highest point totals will select first. Seat selection windows will be staggered, every 30 minutes.  You may select seats at any time after your window opens until the published ending date, but the group immediately following yours in priority order may begin selecting seats starting 30 minutes after your selection window begins.

Yes. A new Preview Mode of the Ohio State Football Virtual Venue™ is available by logging into your Ohio State Buckeyes Account once all the selection windows have been assigned. You will be able to see actual seating availability prior to your seat selection window opening.

The Virtual Venue software contains a built-in feature which does not allow for single seats to be left after a selection has been made. If you are having issues with selecting seats because of a single seat remaining, please contact the Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-BUCKS (462-8257) for assistance.

Your assigned seat selection window reflects the earliest time you may log in to select seats. Those who miss their scheduled appointment time may log in to self-select seats at any time after their appointment time has started. Please keep in mind that if you miss your scheduled appointment time, other season ticket holders may be choosing seats at their assigned times which will affect seating availability.

With the online seat selection process, each individual will be given an appointment time for seating based on their respective priority point ranking. Group seating will be adjusted to allow for conference, state, and local officials to clarify physical distancing guidelines to provide the safest environment for fans while also maximizing allowable attendance.

Full season ticket holders will be asked about special seating needs during the season ticket renewal process. All individuals requesting disability seating also will be required to submit a Disability Needs Form indicating their particular need. Individuals requiring seating in wheelchair accessible rows or specific seating to meet other disability needs, AND who have submitted a Disability Needs Form, will be able to call 1-800-GO-BUCKS (462-8257) during their assigned seat selection window for assistance with selecting seats from available inventory that meet their specific needs. Once your Disability Needs Form has been received, your account will be properly noted to indicate that you qualify to select accessible seating.

NOTES:
All season ticket holders indicating the need for special seating as covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act MUST submit a signed Disability Needs Form to the Athletics Ticket Office as part of their football ticket renewal to ensure access to renew or select accessible seating during their seat selection window.

Seat selections can be made using most models of computer/tablets, but not all. Your Ohio State Buckeyes Account and the Ohio State Virtual Venue are completely mobile compatible.

If you’re using a mobile device/tablet, please sure it meets these guidelines:
• Apple: iOS 9+ using Safari or Chrome browser
• Android: Android 4.4+ using Chrome browser

If you’re using a computer, please make sure it meets these guidelines:
• Browsers: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge (Windows 10), Mozilla Firefox, Safari
• The Ohio State Football Virtual Venue™ is best viewed with the most updated version of Chrome. To download this most recent version, click  HERE.

Yes. You can always ask a family member or friend to help you with this process. Feel free to contact the Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-BUCKS (462-8257) with any questions.

Full reseating of Ohio Stadium occurs every four years. A seat selection process for season ticket holders will still take place for the 2020 football season. Seats selected will only be for one year. The planned reseating of Ohio Stadium under the 2020 Seat Selection Process will now occur prior to the 2021 season for all eligible accounts. *Faculty/Staff full season ticket holders are required to select seats each season.

No. As in past years, you will receive your ticket renewal email and will complete the online ticket renewal process during the month of March. If you submit payment in full or enter into a payment plan by the ticket invoice deadline, you will receive your seat selection time shortly after the renewal period has ended.

No. If you want to make a donation that will impact your priority points for the 2020 season, you should make your Buckeye Club or President’s Club contribution by Dec. 31, 2019.

Yes, the seats you select during the 2020 seat selection process will only be for one year. The planned reseating of Ohio Stadium under the 2020 Seat Selection Process will now occur prior to the 2021 season for all eligible accounts.

For priority points/giving information: Contact the Buckeye Club via email to buckeyeclub@osu.edu or by phone at (614) 292-9908 or the President’s Club via email to presidentsclub@osu.edu or by phone at (614) 292-9550

For season ticket renewals and seat selection information: Contact the Athletics Ticket Office via email to athletic.tix@osu.edu or by phone at 1-800-GO-BUCKS (462-8257).

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