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TAILGATING & PREGAME ACTIVITIES

CAMPUS TAILGATE RULES
WHERE TO BUY FOOD & DRINK FOR YOUR TAILGATE
ORGANIZED TAILGATES & PREGAME ACTIVITIES
SUMMARIZED PRE-KICKOFF SCHEDULE

 

CAMPUS TAILGATING RULES:

  • Campus lots open 6 hours before kick-off.
  • Grills and generators are not allowed in parking garages; however, tailgating is permitted.


WHERE TO BUY FOOD & DRINK FOR YOUR TAILGATE:

City BBQ
2111 W. Henderson Road
Columbus, OH 43220
(614) 538-8890

City BBQ will prepare a tailgate feast of pulled pork, brisket, BBQ chicken, mac & cheese, greens, baked beans and corn pudding at reasonable prices for as small or as large a group as you like. Have it prepared and available for pick-up the morning of the game.

Early morning tailgate? Pick up doughnuts and bagels from one of these places, both close to campus:
Buckeye Donuts
1998 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 291-3923
Call ahead to place a catering order of doughnuts, muffins, Greek pasteries and gallons of coffee for pick-up or delivery.
Tim Horton’s
2754 North High Street
Columbus OH, 43214
(614) 784-0097
Although Tim Horton’s is a well-known Canadian institution, the U.S. headquarters are actually located in Dublin, a suburb of Columbus. Call 24 hours ahead for catering and have your order ready to go for your tailgate. Choose from bagels, doughnuts and muffins, as well as “Tim’s Takes Ten” (coffee for 10) or “Coffee for a Crowd” (for up to 60). Sandwiches, wraps, soups and cookies are also available for catering.

 

 

 

ORGANIZED TAILGATES & PREGAME ACTIVITIES:

Skull Session
St. John Arena
410 Woody Hayes Drive
Columbus, OH 43210
Skull Session has been a tradition since 1957, when the band began allowing fans to watch their “Skull Session.” It is the final time for the members to focus on their performance and play the music while mentally going through each marching maneuver. This pregame pep rally begins promptly two hours before kick-off, right after Ohio High School marching bands finish warming up the crowd. When the OSUMB marches into St. John Arnea, the stands roar. Cheer groups perform until the big moment when the OSU Football team, on their walk from their hotel to Ohio Stadium, makes an appearance. Coaches and a senior player address the crowd in St. John Arena before the band’s performance, which occurs before the game and during half-time. Over 10,000 people pack into St. John Arena on home game-day Saturdays. Although the OSUMB enters St. John two hours before kick-off, doors open four hours before kick-off and it is a given that swarms of fans will arrive that early to secure seats. Concession stands are open at the same time and continue to serve until near the end of the performance.

OSUMB Uniform Inspection and Rehearsal
Approximately five hours before kick-off the OSU Marching Band filters out of the Band Center inside of Ohio Stadium and makes its way over to the practice field on the south end of the stadium. The band assembles according to rank to undergo a ROTC-style uniform inspection, followed by complete run-throughs and tweaking of the day’s pre-game and half-time shows.

Hineygate
For 26 years, up until 2008, Hineygate was billed as the largest tailgate party in the world. Located just north of Ohio Stadium, in the former Holiday Inn on Lane parking lot, the party was sponsored by Columbus radio station WTVN and Budweiser. And when local rock band The Danger Brothers performed, beer and bras would fly! In 2009, the property was taken over by OSU and WTVN recently moved their party (without the Danger Brothers) down Lane Avenue to The Thirsty I.

The Varsity Club
278 W. Lane Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201

(614) 299-6269

After the loss of the original Hineygate The Danger Brothers needed somewhere to continue their party, so they now perform during and after games at the iconic Varsity Club.

Hineyfest
2781 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 261-3680
In an attempt to revitalize the former Hineygate, The Danger Brothers now perform at Hineyfest, located in the parking lot of Across the Field. Aside from food and drink, the game is televised on a jumbo screen, and a free shuttle will take you to and from the game if you’re in no condition to make the one mile walk.

Bud Light River Jam at Riverwatch
364 W. Lane Ave
Columbus, OH 43201

Harrison Apartments
222 W. Lane Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201
Here, a local construction company is your host, providing food, drink and live entertainment starting three hours before kick-off.  

CletusFest
Bring a dessert or side dish to share and help yourself to some really great tailgate food. The menu for each game, along with suggestions of what you can bring, are on their website.  Located right outside of Ohio Stadium.

 

 

SUMMARIZED PRE-KICKOFF SCHEDULE

  • 6 hours before kick-off: Day-of-game campus parking lots open. See here for parking info. 
  • 5 hours before kick-off (approximately): OSU Marching Band public uniform inspection & rehearsal; field directly south of Ohio Stadium. 
  • 4 hours before kick-off: St. John Arena doors open for Skull Session. 
  • 2 hours before kick-off: Skull Session with OSU Marching Band at St. John Arena, team appearance followed by band’s march to Ohio Stadium. 
  • 2 hours before kick-off: Ohio Stadium gates open.