This fall marks the 98th season of Ohio State football being played at the iconic Ohio Stadium.
This year, the Buckeyes open the season against Florida Atlantic on August 31.
Ahead of the opener, the university’s athletic department has a detailed breakdown of what you can expect at home games this year:
Attendance – Official capacity for fans in Ohio Stadium this year is 102,780.
Bottomless soda – All soda this year will be served in souvenir cups with self-serve refill stations on A Deck or revisit a concession stand on all other levels for a free refill.
Buckeye Park by Tailgate Guys – The first year of “Buckeye Park” in 2018 was a success and a number of new options are available in 2019. The Tailgate Guys take care of everything for you from the site, to the tent, to the food and the seating. All you need to do it show up! Info: https://tailgateguys.com/ohio-state
Cannon Drive – Cannon Drive is now open; however, road restrictions will be in place for inbound drivers exiting from SR-315 North at the Medical Center Drive offramp. The roadway will help increase the flow of traffic after the game, especially access to SR-315 South onramp.
Concessions – Several new concession offerings will open for the 2019 season. Check out the full location listings and menus here: http://buckeyestastethetraditions.com/ohio-stadium
DJ on the field level – A DJ will be on the field level both pregame and during the game playing everyone’s favorites to enhance the game day environment.
Grab & Go beverage/snack stands – Nine new grab & go stands have been added at various locations in the stadium designed to get you back in your seats quickly. These stands, which are similar to banks of refrigerators like in a convenience store, will allow fans to select their own items and pay at a kiosk. They will be located at sections 11A, 12A, 26A, 39A, 6B, 26B, 7C, 25C, 26C.
Loge Club – A new premium seating area has been added in the northwest corner of B Deck. Amenities in this area include all-inclusive food and non-alcoholic beverages, in-seat service, a private entrance and access to a climate controlled club area.
Mobile student tickets – For the first time, all student tickets will be delivered electronically. Students will also enter the stadium via a mobile device.
No-bag policy – This isn’t new, but just a reminder that bags or purses of any size are not permitted in Ohio Stadium. Wallets and wristlets no larger than 5”x8”x1” are permitted. Guests entering with medical or child care needs musts enter through the Steinbrenner Band Center entrance (between Gates 10-12) or at the press entrance (Gate 23).
Parking – All public parking garages will be credit card only while surface lots will remain cash only. Parking info: http://osu.campusparc.com/home/events/ohio-stadium/football
Stadium experiences – Fans will be able to purchase on the official Ohio State Buckeyes app unique experiences in and around Ohio Stadium, including a personal message on the video board, tours and a photo at midfield.
Stadium improvements – A number of projects have been completed throughout the stadium which include concession stand renovations, seatback chair installation, C-Deck portable urinal installation, replacement of carpeting, and installation of new LED boards, speakers, televisions and directional signage.
Wi-Fi (increased) – Texting with friends and family and posting on social media inside Ohio Stadium is about to become a reality as the project to improve high density wireless connectivity is expected to be completed in time for the season opener vs. Florida Atlantic. Information on wireless networks to use at Ohio Stadium will be shared next week.