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Ohio State News Alert: University promoting safety and awareness for busy weekend

Students encouraged to make use of free resources and plan ahead

The Ohio State University celebrates Homecoming Friday and during the football game against Maryland at noon Saturday in Ohio Stadium.

The university is asking students to be aware of and use upgraded security resources in the University District as well as the personal safety options available. Students are also encouraged to arrive at the stadium early and be prepared for game day.

In recent weeks, Ohio State has added more mobile lights, cameras and security resources where many students live. More resources will be in place this weekend.

Students are urged to use lighted pathways while walking around the University District. Ohio State has also expanded access at night for the Lyft Ride Smart ridesharing service – which can now be used to go to and from the Short North area.

Upgrades to the Ohio State app make safety resources and features more prominent, and students can pick up a personal safety device from the Office of Student Life. A “Stay Safe, Buckeyes” class is available to students via BuckeyeLearn, providing helpful ways to enhance personal security.

Finally, students are asked to Party Smart as they celebrate.

Arrive early and be prepared

The Department of Athletics is supporting a safer fan experience by reminding students to arrive early to the game.

Students who arrive early can get half-price pretzels, popcorn and hot dogs right up until kickoff in the south stands concessions locations by utilizing mobile ordering through the official Ohio State Buckeyes app. The app is also an easy way to manage tickets and parking. Download the app from the App Store and Google Play.

In addition to arriving early, students are reminded to load their mobile ticket to their iPhone or Google Pay wallet before arriving at the stadium. Click the “add to Apple Wallet/add to Google Pay” button in the official Ohio State Buckeyes app or phone web browser once tickets have been accessed. 

Loading the mobile ticket before arriving at the stadium cuts down lines and congestion, and it guarantees tickets will be available because WiFi is not needed to access tickets from a mobile wallet. For more information, visit the Digital Ticketing Guide: https://ohiostatebuckeyes.com/digital-ticketing-guide/.

Ticket office trouble-shooting booths are located at Gates 5, 11, 14, the North Rotunda and behind the south stands for those who are having difficulties. The ticket office can print tickets at the Schottenstein Center ticket office starting the Thursday before home games. On game day, visit a ticket trouble-shooting booth.

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