Football Parking

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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).

  1. Vehicle and tailgate must fit within the 8 ½’ x 15’ space provided.
  2. Any vehicles larger than the aforementioned space size will be asked to purchase an RV pass or park at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.
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 kickoff until one hour after the game.

Permit Lots

Football parking permit lots are located close to Ohio Stadium. For information about obtaining a football parking permit, contact the Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-BUCKS. Spaces in these lots are held for football parking permit holders until 90 minutes prior to kickoff.

  1. Vehicle and tailgate must fit within the 8 ½’ x 15’ space provided.
  2. Each permit allows 1 vehicle that meets parking space regulations into the reserved lot. Permits are to be used for vehicles only.
  3. Any vehicles larger than the aforementioned space size will be asked to purchase an RV pass or park at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.

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.


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.

Parking Lot Regulations

  • This permit is not transferable and will not be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • All motor vehicles must be in designated parking lots 90 minutes prior to kickoff to ensure a space.
  • This permit is issued solely for the intended use of parking one motor vehicle in one designated parking space. Additionally, motor vehicles that do not fit in one designated parking space are prohibited from using multiple passes to occupy additional parking spaces.
  • Equipment including 10x10 tents, tables and chairs will be permitted in parking lots as long as they do not overflow into adjacent parking spaces, drive lanes, fire lanes or impede the flow of traffic or pedestrians. Saving spaces is not permitted.
  • Permits must be displayed from the inside rearview mirror. To avoid being ticketed or towed the permit must remain visible at all times while the vehicle is parked in designated lots.
  • This permit is issued and accepted on the express condition that The Ohio State University is not responsible for loss or damage to vehicle or contents, from fire, theft, or any other cause.
  • Please observe and obey the parking attendants when parking your vehicle. Their job is to assist the customers. Please report any inappropriate conduct or questionable behavior to the Event Management Parking Supervisor.
  • The individual or entity to which this parking permit is originally issued is responsible for following the rules and regulations of the University and Department of Athletics. These policies are periodically updated, occasionally without notice. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to remain informed. Up to date information on football parking and traffic changes can be obtained at the following website
  • Should violations of policies occur, patrons may lose all parking privileges.
  • Please be aware that the 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.


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 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.

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 aforementioned space size 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


No charcoal grilling is permitted in or near parking lots and garages on the OSU 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.

Ohio Stadium Rules

Permitted Items

The following items are permitted in Ohio Stadium:

  1. Binoculars
  2. Blankets
    1. Cameras (still) with a lens 100mm or less
    2. Cell phones and pagers
    3. Drawstring bags smaller than 14 x 14 x 4
    4. Rain apparel
    5. Seat cushions
    6. Small radios with headphones
    7. 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.
    8. 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.
    9. 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. 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 they are 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