Helpful Tips for Attending Ohio Stadium Football Games in 2022

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The start of the 2022 Ohio State football season, and one of Ohio Stadium’s most anticipated home game schedules, is just eight days away. No. 2 Ohio State hosts No. 5 Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, in one of the showpiece games of the season. ABC will broadcast to a national audience.

Unlike last year, when new technologies such as mobile ticketing and parking, metal detectors and self-scanning tickets were introduced, there are not many changes to matchday procedures. for 2022. There are definitely tips and protocols to know when and around the stadium, though. Some of the most important news and notes for fans to know about this year include arrive early.

The standard game day schedule for home games at Ohio Stadium this year:

  • 5:00 a.m. – Opening of the car parks
  • Four Hours Until Kick-Off – Doors Open for Skull Session at St. John Arena
  • Three hours to kick-off – FanFest opens on the South Lawn of St. John Arena
  • Two Hours Before Kickoff – The Ohio Stadium Gates Open and the Skull Session Begins
  • 20 minutes before kick-off – TBBDBITL ramp entrance

Safelite is a new field sponsor

Safelite, the Columbus-based vehicle glass recalibration and service company, is expanding its partnership with the Ohio State Department of Athletics through a new multi-year sponsorship agreement with Ohio State Sports Properties of Learfield. In 2014, Safelite became the first company to sponsor a logo on field goal nets, and will now be the first to sponsor field logos on what will be called Safelite Field. The field will now feature two white Safelite locations opposite the B1G logos.

Visit the match day website

Fans are invited to visit https://ohiostatebuckeyes.com/gameday/ for all game day information needs. The revamped site includes information on mobile tickets and mobile parking passes, traffic and parking, maps, tailgating and an AZ guide.

Download the official Ohio State Buckeyes app

The most convenient way to access subscriptions and parking passes is through the Ohio State Buckeyes app, which is compatible with iOS and Android devices. Visit the Apple App Store or Google Play, or search for “Ohio State Buckeyes” in your device’s app store, to update or download the app. Fans are encouraged to turn on push notifications to get instant updates on their favorite Buckeye teams, ticket offers, game day information including parking and traffic, exclusive contests and more.

The official Ohio State Buckeyes app offers mobile ticket management, concession ordering, venue mapping, and free live game audio along with many other options. For more information, Click here.

Match Day Alerts Text Service

Fans are encouraged to sign up for Game Day Alerts, a free text message service that will alert fans to real-time traffic and parking updates, weather information, and emergency notifications. Text OSUFB22 to 67283 to register.

Ohio State Single Game Tickets

Single game tickets for all games, except sold-out Notre Dame and Michigan games, can be purchased online at http://go.osu.edu/fbtix. Verified resale tickets are available at ticketmaster.com, http://go.osu.edu/fbtix and through the Ohio State Buckeyes app. The Athletic Department encourages fans to protect themselves against potential fraud by using these sites rather than any other resale ticket options for the purchase of resale tickets.

Ohio 100 Stadium

The 2022 season will feature a celebration of 100 years of Ohio Stadium. The iconic venue on the banks of the Olentangy River has been the site of 100 years of games, launch ceremonies, concerts and, for all Buckeye fans, memories. The stadium will be commemorated in the return game against Rutgers on October 1. The official Ohio State Buckeyes website includes a comprehensive overview of the stadium’s history, lore, and moments. Visit go.osu.edu/TheShoe100.

“A walk in our ‘shoe’

This week, the university archives opened “A Walk in Our Shoe: 100 Years of the Ohio Stadium” at the Thompson Library. The free exhibit focuses on the history of the stadium with historic uniforms and memorabilia from Buckeye coaching legends.

Limited edition game program with NFT

As part of the Ohio Stadium 100 celebration, this year’s limited-edition game day program will feature cover designs that pay homage to Ohio Stadium’s history and tradition. Each edition will feature a foil stamping and cover design from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s. Each program will also include a bound certificate of authenticity and a personal access code to unlock an official pack of collectible digital NFTs unique to the state of Ohio. Game programs are $20 and can be pre-ordered, picked up at the game, or sent to a home address, https://ohiostatebuckeyes.com/gameday/commemorative/.

Back: Stadium Experiences

Ohio Stadium “Experiences” return to game day for the first time since 2019. The official Ohio State Buckeyes app is the best way for fans to purchase stadium experiences, including watching warm-ups with a pre-game passes, on-field photo opportunities, press tours and birthday wishes and messages on the video board.

Woody Hayes & John Herrick Drives open

Woody Hayes and John Herrick Drives will have reduced lanes (one lane open each way), but both will be open on game day, unlike last year. All supporters should plan ahead, arrive early and allow extra time to enter the stadium.

West Campus Shuttle

Fans parking and riding from West Campus will board the shuttles at Carmack 1 – the Far East parking lot. Shuttle buses will operate between the Carmack 1 parking lot and Coffey Road Park, which is within walking distance of Ohio Stadium, from six hours before kickoff until one hour after the game.

Match tickets

All match tickets are now issued digitally to fans’ smartphones/mobile devices. Download the official Ohio State Buckeyes app to access tickets and visit Ohio State’s Digital ticketing guide for complete information on accessing and managing digital tickets.

Car park

Game day parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis on Football Saturdays. All football parking lots and garages open at 5am. Again this year, all car parks will be cashless and passes will be on supporters’ mobile devices. Seasonal parking permit holders will have access to their passes through their Ohio State Buckeyes account along with their game tickets. Fans will scan the QR code on their mobile device upon entering the parking lot.

Only credit cards will be accepted in all public car parks. Prices for parking this year are $25 and $30.

Cashless transactions

Cashless operations will again be used throughout the Ohio stadium this year, including for program sales, concessions, ticketing transactions and merchandise. The cashless concessions system has been improved for faster service and tee times. Fans can skip the lines and order food, including new options like Hot Chicken Takeover, Dirty Frank’s and Smashed Buns, on the Ohio State Buckeyes app.

Ticket bases

All gates at Ohio Stadium have ticket sockets that fans will use to access the game by scanning their ticket from their own mobile device.

Metal detectors

All entrance gates to Ohio Stadium will be equipped with metal detectors that guests must pass through to enter. Fans will not need to empty their pockets unless instructed to do so by stadium security. The goal is a frictionless entry into Ohio Stadium.

Bagless policy

Ohio State will continue its no-bag policy at Ohio Stadium and all Athletic Department locations. Small bags, no larger than 5 inches by 8 inches by 1, will be permitted. Guests with medical or childcare needs will be permitted to carry a bag, no larger than 14 inches by 14 by 4 inches, into the stadium through one of two locations: Music Center entrance between gates 10 and 12, or the press entrance between the Huntington Club and gate 23.

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