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Game Day Information


Public Parking

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).

Any purchased, current annual CampusParc parking permit will be honored in day-of-game lots at NO 
CHARGE with the presentation of a valid event hangtag.

ADA Accessible Lots

ADA Accessible parking will be located in the lots north of St. John Arena and in the Lane Avenue Garage. Both of these areas will 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 kick off until one hour after the game.

Permit Lots

The following parking lots/garages are reserved for the sole use of Athletic Permit holders on game days after 5:00 a.m. All vehicles remaining in these lots/garages after 12:01 a.m. will be towed at the owner’s expense.

  • Buckeye Lots
  • Chiller Lot
  • East Tuttle Lot
  • East Stadium Lot
  • Gray Lots
  • Mid-Tower Lots
  • North Field House Lot
  • North Lane Residence Hall Lot
  • North Riverbank Lot
  • Northwest Garage
  • Northwest Stadium Lot
  • Scarlet Lots
  • Sisson Lot (portion near footbridge)
  • South Field House Lot
  • South Lincoln Lot
  • South Riverbank Lot
  • St. John Lot
  • Tuttle Garage
  • West Lane Garage
  • West Stadium Lot

RV Lots

The RV parking lots are located south and west of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. An RV permit, purchased through the Ohio State University Athletic Department, is required. Day-of-game RV parking is NOT available on campus.  Day-of-game RV parking may be available at the Ohio State Fair Grounds. Call (614) 644-3247 for information.

RVs should exit the parking facilities no later than 12:01 p.m. on the Sunday following a game day.


Parking Regulations/Tailgating

All parking facilities, regardless of designation, become available at 5:00 a.m. the day of the game. Any placement of tailgating equipment is prohibited prior to 5:00 a.m. Game Day Parking Map.

Guests without an Athletics parking permit 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 5:00 a.m. 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.

Parking spaces are intended for parking one motor vehicle in one space. The purchase of more than one space per vehicle is prohibited. Additionally, motor vehicles that do not fit in one parking space (8 ½’ X 15’) are prohibited from using multiple permits/tickets to occupy additional parking spaces. Saving spaces is not permitted.

Trailers, storage units, and tailgating activities may not take up vacant parking spaces or interfere with traffic flow within a parking facility. Drive lanes in parking facilities must be maintained at all times. Parking permit/ticket holders are responsible for the functions they host in their parking spaces. Vehicle and tailgate must fit within the parking space provided. Any vehicles larger than the aforementioned space size should be parked in the RV parking lot or at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.

Permits/tickets must be displayed from the inside rearview mirror or dashboard to avoid being ticketed or towed. The permit must remain visible at all times while the vehicle is parked in designated facilities.

Please observe and obey the parking attendants when parking your vehicle. Their job is to assist customers. Please report any inappropriate conduct or questionable behavior to the Event Management Parking Supervisor.


Grilling on Campus

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 www.go.osu.edu/tent.

Charcoal, wood grills, and fire pits are not permitted on The Ohio State University campus.

Liquid propane grills are permitted on campus as long as the following safety protocols are adhered to.

  • Ensure a fire extinguisher is available for use in case of fire or flare-ups (do not “borrow” them from other buildings).

  • Propane grills must be placed at least 10 feet from structures and should not impede walkways or means of egress.

  • Propane grills must be placed atop a shield, to protect the surface beneath from drips/spills.

  • Use a propane grill on a level surface. Avoid inclines and uneven ground.

  • Place a propane grill away from brush, trees, foliage, or other combustibles.

No liquid propane grills or generators are permitted in parking garages. 


Alcohol on Campus

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.

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.

Please be aware that State of Ohio law prohibits the use of open containers in public, and anyone found in violation of this law may be subject to criminal charges.


Parking Garages

Use of grills and generators in garages is strictly prohibited. In addition, the use of power outlets inside the garage is not permitted.

Use of Ticket at Exit

The day-of-game ticket may be required for exiting the garage.  Failure to present the ticket at exit may result in additional fees.

Extended Parking

Day-of-game customers should exit parking facilities no later than 12:01 p.m. on the Sunday following a game day.


Ohio Stadium Rules

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. Drawstring 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 chairback 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, that can be used as projectiles, that interfere with the comfort of other guests, or that are deemed inappropriate/hazardous by stadium security are prohibited.

Guests and their parcels, bags, and clothing capable of concealing prohibited items are subject to visual inspection. 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. Audio recording equipment
  3. Bags larger than 14” x 14” x 4”, Bota Bags or wine skins, flasks
  4. Banners and signs
  5. Beverages
  6. Bicycles
  7. Cameras (still) with a lens greater than 100mm (along with Monopods, Dual Pods, and Tripods)
  8. Chairs with back supports (unless accompanied with a doctor’s note or unless they are provided through Ohio State), 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. Fireworks
  13. Food
  14. Illegal drugs
  15. Laser pointers
  16. Markers (permanent) and/or paint
  17. 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)
  18. Sticks or poles
  19. Strollers
  20. Signs
  21. 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)
  22. Televisions
  23. Video recording equipment
  24. 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)
  25. Wrapped gifts or items