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Ohio State kicks off its 2011 home football season Saturday vs. Akron

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Buckeyes will kick off their 2011 home football season hosting in-state rival Akron at noon Saturday (9/3) in Ohio Stadium. The 75th Anniversary of “Script Ohio” and the Zero Waste at Ohio Stadium recycling challenge will highlight many of the special events and promotions planned this year.

With nearly one million guests expected to visit the Columbus campus over the seven-game home stand, Ohio State partners with local and state affiliated agencies, faculty, staff, students and volunteers to ensure that “Buckeye Game Day” is enjoyed in a fun, safe and family-friendly atmosphere for all guests.

Inside Ohio Stadium
Fans are encouraged to travel light and visit the Ohio State football game day website at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/gameday to review stadium policies.

The 75th Anniversary of “Script Ohio” headlines the fun and entertainment planned for guests. First performed in 1936 by the Ohio State Marching Band, the highly anticipated formation is performed before the start of every home game. Special events and honors are planned throughout the season.

Ohio Stadium has recycled trash for the past few years but this season will take its boldest step to establish itself as the largest facility in the world operating at Zero Waste – diverting 90 percent of its trash from landfills by recycling or composting.

Trashcans have been eliminated and guests will recycle or compost used items purchased inside the stadium such as water bottles, plates and cups. Corey Hawkey, sustainability coordinator, said bins will be located throughout the stadium and staffed by attendants to ease the transition for fans.

The initiative started in 2007 as part of Ohio State’s overall commitment to divert 40 percent of waste from landfills and reduce costs related to waste collection in the stadium. Guests can learn more about program at http://go.osu.edu/EYs

Parents and guardians of young children are again encouraged to take advantage of the “Tag-a-Kid” identification wristbands that help reunite lost children. The brightly-colored wristbands carry your emergency contact information. The wristbands can be obtained from Ohio State police officers, ushers, red coats, and at guest services booths located near Gates 13, 14, and 38.

Questions, comments or problems during a game can be delivered to stadium personnel via text messages – “Brutus [your message]” to 76274 (SMASH).

Transportation and Parking
Current road and building construction projects will continue throughout the football season but will have little impact on the game day commute according to Beth Kelley-Snoke, director of Transportation and Parking Services.

“Roads impacted by construction will be open to controlled traffic with detours clearly marked,” said Kelley-Snoke. “Pedestrians walking to the stadium, particularly from the east side of campus, will see revised routes around projects. Again, the best advice for fans is to arrive early, be patient and follow the directions of our public safety and traffic officers.”

Work will continue on Woodruff Avenue, between College Road and Tuttle Park Place and on 17th Avenue, between College Road and Neil Avenue with access maintained for cars and pedestrians. On south campus, 12th Avenue between Cannon Drive and Neil Avenue is currently closed to thru traffic and 10th Avenue, just north of the Hospitals Garage, will be closed to vehicular traffic for the entire season.

Information on traffic, construction and the 2011 football parking map are available at http://go.osu.edu/EYu or go43210.osu.edu Updates are also provided 24 hours daily on 1650AM.

All season and day-of-game parking locations will remain the same, including disability parking located in the St. John Arena north lot and the Lane Avenue Garage.

The West Campus and disability shuttles will continue to provide service, free of charge. COTA will also provide transportation from the state fairgrounds to campus.

Tailgating at Buckeye football games is a long-standing tradition. Fan behavior before,
during and after each game reflects on the university and the city.

In accordance with university fire policy, ONLY propane grills are permitted on surface lots.
Grilling is not permitted on garage rooftops or inside parking garages. Fire officials will inspect tents and those larger than 200 square feet require a permit.

Law enforcement agencies enforce all applicable laws, including state laws regarding the use and possession of alcohol. Ohio State’s alcohol policy is available for review at http://go.osu.edu/EY8

Ticket Information
Ohio Stadium is home to nearly 103,000 fans and students receive more football tickets (30,000) than any other school in the nation.

A limited amount of single game tickets are available for select games on the 2011 schedule and are on sale now. Visit the Athletics Ticket website at http://go.osu.edu/EYv for information on ticket availability. Only tickets purchased or received from the Athletics Ticket Office, Ticketmaster or the official Buckeye Ticket Exchange are guaranteed to be valid.

Ticket holders unable to attend a game may use the Buckeyes Ticket Exchange or Ticket Forwarding options available on their online ticket account. Associated fees apply for both services.

Fans using discounted student or faculty/staff tickets must show a valid OSU ID (Buck ID) along with their ticket for admittance into the stadium.