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Please conduct yourself in an appropriate manner. Our attitudes and actions not only reflect upon our individual character but also the character of our university as a whole. As Buckeyes, it is essential to initiate and foster a friendly and welcoming environment for all to 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. 

The address and phone number for Ohio Stadium is 411 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus, OH 43210, 614-292-6330.

Aisle Traffic/Section Entry
Guests are urged to arrive at their seats well in advance of kickoff. As a courtesy to other guests, please remain at your seat until the play has ended.

Alcohol Policy
Alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted in Ohio Stadium. Guests identified with alcohol inside the stadium may be ejected and will have the alcohol confiscated.

Possession and consumption of alcohol are subject to the laws and regulations of the State of Ohio and/or City of Columbus which state, among others: No person shall have in the person’s possession an opened container of beer or intoxicating liquor in any public place.

Law Enforcement Officers enforce all applicable laws.

ATMs are located throughout the stadium at the following locations: 4A and 5A.

Auto Assistance
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.

Baby Changing/Nursing Mothers
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, 11B, 12B, 23C, 24C and 32A.

Bicycle Parking

  1. Recreation and Physical Activity Center is located at 337 West 17th Avenue, which is adjacent to the southeast corner of Ohio Stadium. Bikes racks are located on the east and west side of the building. These bike racks are open to the public, but are not monitored by staff.
  2. “Pedal Instead” valet bicycle corral is located at south east corner of Woody Hayes Drive and the Olentangy River bike path. It operates like a coat check for bicycles and is staffed by volunteers who keep bikes secure until the end of football games. 


  1. Still cameras with a lens greater than 100mm, any audio and video recording equipment, monopods, dual pods and tripods are prohibited.
  2. 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:

  1. Fill out a comment card or guest incident report which may be obtained at Guest Services Booths at Gate 13, Gate 14 or Gate 38.
  2. Contact the Department of Athletics Event Management Team by email at

In case of an emergency, please contact the nearest law enforcement officer or usher directly.

There are exciting new options offered at concession stands this season: from Pride of Ohio menu choices, featuring some of the best flavors of Ohio to the twists on classic fan favorites. There will also be a Gluten Free cart (located at 19A).

A courtesy cup of water may be requested at any permanent concession stand. Guests with special medical or dietary needs, please see “Permitted Items” section below.

Credit Cards/Buck ID
For your convenience, all major credit cards are accepted at all permanent concessions and merchandise stands. The permanent concession stands in the following locations accept Buck ID: 4A, 3A, 9A, 13A, 15A, and all stands in C Deck.

On game day, select streets on and around campus become one way. Upon completion of the game, the patterns will be reversed. Traffic control officers will direct you. Guests with parking passes should follow the directions on their parking passes.

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:

  1. Directions given on GPS systems may not be accurate on game days.
  2. Please visit for additional details, up-to-date information, and parking maps.

Disability Needs

Fans with disabilities will be able to go to a table at Gate 14 or at Gate 23 to exchange their GA ticket for a reserved ticket that will allow them to sit in a disability seat at the top of designated AA sections.

Public Elevators are located in the following areas of Ohio Stadium:

  1. Four public elevators are located on the west side of Ohio Stadium between gates 17-23, which provide access to the Club Levels, and to disability seating on D deck (guests need a green sticker on their ticket to access this elevator to D Deck). For more information on how to get a green sticker. 
  2. One public elevator is located in the South Stands near Section 39 and only provides access to seats in South Stands.
  3. Two public elevators are located near section 7 that access B and C Decks.
  4. Two public elevators are located near section 10 that access B and C Decks.

Emergency Contact
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.

Emergencies and Evacuation Procedures
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.

First Aid Stations
First aid stations are located throughout Ohio Stadium at 16A, 17A, 11B, 12B, 23C, and 24C. These stations are staffed two hours prior to kickoff and will remain open for 20 minutes after the game.

Game Programs
Programs are available inside the entrance gates on the various concourses.

Gates Open
Ohio Stadium gates will open at 10am.

Guest Services Booths
Guest Services booths are located near Gate 13, Gate 14 and Gate 38. The friendly and knowledgeable staff members are available to assist our guests with potential questions, comments or concerns. These booths are open for business from gate opening until the crowd clears. Our Guest Service Booth staff members are in place to help ensure our guests receive outstanding customer service at Ohio Stadium.

Lost and Found
Lost and Found is located in the north rotunda near Section 1A and remains open for 30 minutes after the game. Any unclaimed items will be moved to the Ohio Stadium Facility Operations Office at (614) 292-6330.

Lost Persons/ Child ID/Locater Program
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).

Guests with children at the game are encouraged to visit the Guest Services booths located near Gate 13, Gate 14 and Gate 38 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. Wristbands are also available from Police Officers, Redcoats and Ushers at the stadium.

Medical Emergency
If assistance is needed in the stands, please contact the nearest Red Coat, Usher, Concession Worker, Law Enforcement Officer, Columbus Fire Department Paramedic or go to the nearest First Aid Room.

Authentic Buckeye merchandise may be purchased throughout the Stadium.

National Anthem
The Ohio State University Marching Band plays the National Anthem.


    1. DAY OF GAME LOTS: Parking is available day of game on a first-come, first-served basis. Shuttle service to Ohio Stadium is available free of charge for guests who park on west campus (parking lots west of SR 315).
      a. Vehicle and tailgate must fit within the 8 ½’ x 15’ space provided.
      b. Any vehicles larger than the above will be asked to purchase an RV pass or park at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.
    2. DISABILITY LOTS: Disability Parking will be located in the lots north of St. John Arena and in the Lane Avenue Garage. These areas will both be accessible, while space is available, from Lane Avenue. A current state issued disability placard, along with registration, and the person who owns the placard must be in the vehicle to enter the parking area. (Officers may validate ownership of the placard at any time.) A shuttle will transport guests from the parking lots north of St. John Arena to the east side of Ohio Stadium near Gate 22. This shuttle will operate from six hours prior to kickoff until one hour after the game.
    3. PERMIT LOTS: The only permit lot is the lot immediately west of Ohio Stadium. Spaces in these lots are held for permit holders until 90 minutes prior to kickoff.
      a. Vehicle and tailgate must fit within the 8 ½’ x 15’ space provided
      b. Each permit allows 1 vehicle that meets parking space regulations, into the reserved lot. Permits are to be used for vehicles only.
      c. Any vehicles larger than the above will be asked to purchase an RV pass or park at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.
    4. RV LOTS: The RV Parking Lot is located next to Bill Davis Stadium.

Pets/Service Animals
Animals, except for trained dogs or service animals assisting guests with disabilities are not permitted in Ohio Stadium.

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

Permitted Items
The following items are permitted in Ohio Stadium.

  1. Binoculars
  2. Blankets
  3. Cameras (still) with a lens 100mm or less
  4. Cell phones and pagers
  5. Draw string bags smaller than 14 x 14 x 4
  6. Rain apparel
  7. Seat cushions
  8. Small radios with headphones
  9. 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)
  10. Guests demonstrating specific dietary or medical needs (baby food, baby bottle, single serving snack medication or chair back seats) may enter the Stadium at Gates 13, 16, 23 and 26 ONLY.
  11. Water bottles that are clear, plastic and empty

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.

Changes in national, regional and campus security levels may affect security procedures.

The following items are not permitted in Ohio Stadium:

  1. Alcohol
  2. Animals (except assistive animals for guests with disabilities)
  3. Audio Recording Equipment
  4. Bags larger than 14 x 14 x 4, Bota Bags or wine skins, flasks
  5. Banners and Signs
  6. Beverages
  7. Bicycles
  8. Cameras (still) with lens greater than 100mm (along with Monopods, Dual Pods and Tripods)
  9. 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
  10. Clothing with profane, inappropriate or abusive language
  11. 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)
  12. Confetti, streamers, glitter, balloons
  13. Fireworks
  14. Food
  15. Illegal Drugs
  16. Laser pointers
  17. Markers (permanent) and/or paint
  18. 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)
  19. Sticks or Poles
  20. Strollers
  21. Signs
  22. 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)
  23. Televisions
  24. Video Recording Equipment
  25. Weapons (common examples include but are not limited to aerosol cans, mace, pepper spray, firearms, including CCW permit holders, fireworks, pocket knives, knives, spiked bracelets, brass knuckles, martial arts weapons, stun guns, squirt guns, super soakers and chains)
  26. Wrapped gifts or items

Prohibited Behavior
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. Consequences for guests exhibiting prohibited behavior may include, but are not limited to: loss of ticket buying privileges, ejection from the Stadium, and/or arrest. 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.

Public Announcements
Special announcements on the public address system are limited to medical and police emergencies.

Public Phones
Public pay phones are located near sections 6A, 15A, 22A, 12B and 39A.

Public Transportation/Taxi Services
The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) provides a football game day shuttle service between the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds and the OSU campus. Shuttles begin operating from the Expo Center three hours prior to kick-off and operate until two hours following the conclusion of the game. More information can be found at

Taxi Service is available on Lane Avenue near the Riverwatch Tower.

Radio Broadcasts
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.

Men’s and Women’s restrooms are located throughout Ohio Stadium. ADA accessible restrooms are located near sections 8A, 9A, 10A, 11A, 17A, 18A, 19A, 28A, 33A, 34A, 37A, 38A, 3B, 12B, 28B, 7C, 10C, 11C, 13C, 14C, 15C, 19C, 20C, 23C, 28C, 29C, 17D, 19D, 25D. Family restrooms are located near sections 9A, 11A, 12A, 20A, 23A, 33A, 37A, 38A, 23C, 24C, 19D.

Seatback Chairs
Seat cushions are allowed to be brought into the stadium. Guests demonstrating specific medical needs for personal seatback chairs may enter the Stadium with a doctor’s note at Gates 13, 16, 23 and 26 ONLY.

Security Checks
All bags, containers or persons are subject to search. Cooperation with game management and security personnel will help maintain Ohio Stadium as a safe and secure environment for all guests.

Smoking/Tobacco 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.

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.

Possession and consumption of alcohol are subject to the laws and regulations of the State of Ohio and/or City of Columbus which state, among others: No person shall have in the person’s possession an opened container of beer or intoxicating liquor in any public place.

Law Enforcement Officers enforce all applicable laws.

Complete State of Ohio and The Ohio State University Alcohol Policies can be found by clicking on the appropriate links.

Companies are prohibited from distributing free or sample products without the approval of The Ohio State University. Those who wish to organize and provide such sites or services should contact the Department of Athletics at 614-292-6103 for permission.

Guests without football parking permits who are interested in setting up a tailgate should plan to set up those tailgates in any Day-of-Game Parking Lot. Day-of-game parking spaces are available at 5am on the day of the game on a first-come, first-served basis. Information about obtaining a parking permit can be found by contacting the Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-BUCKS.

Trailers, storage units, and tailgating activities may not take up vacant parking spaces or interfere with traffic flow within a parking lot. Drive lanes in parking lots must be maintained at all times. Parking permit holders are responsible for the functions they host in their parking spaces. Vehicle and tailgate must fit within the 8 ½’ x 15’ space provided. Any vehicles larger than the above will be asked to purchase an RV pass or park at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.

Guests who are interested in setting up tents or inflatables and grilling at their tailgate should adhere to the OSU Emergency Management and Fire Prevention policies outlined at



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