411 Woody Hayes Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Stadium Office: (614) 292-6330
Athletics Ticket Office: (614) 292-2624
Ohio Stadium Tours are scheduled Mon.-Thurs.from 9am-3pm. Call (614) 247-6713 to schedule at least two weeks in advance.
During the Charles ‘Chic’ Harley years (1916, ’17, ’19), OSU’s first three-time All-American sent fans into a frenzy and football became Columbus’s number one pastime. Game attendance demanded a large facility and Ohio Stadium was completed in 1922. The stadium was dedicated on October 21, 1922 during the game against Michigan in which OSU suffered a 19-0 loss. To view a reminder of the loss, visit the Rotunda (north end, main gate of the stadium) and look up to see maize flowers on a blue background. Nicknamed “The Shoe” for its horseshoe shape, the original 66,000 seat stadium has been renovated numerous times, bringing the total capacity to around 105,000. In 2001, permanent seating closed in the open end of the horseshoe and in 2007 grass was replaced with FieldTurf. Ohio Stadium was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
- No alcohol. Alcohol is not sold inside and no outside food or drink is permitted.
- No re-entry.
- Gates open 2 hours prior to kick-off.
- Security is tight. Small day bags and purses are allowed, but will be searched. As the weather gets cooler, be prepared to unzip your coat and unfold your blankets upon entry.
- There are approximately 125 concession stands in Ohio Stadium.