Ohio Stadium capacity likely reduced to 20 percent capacity for football games

Ohio State University released information that it expects to reduce capacity to likely 20 percent at Ohio Stadium for football games this fall.

The information is being sent to season ticket holders so they are able to rethink their options before the start of the 2020 season.

“While no final decision has been made regarding the 2020 football season, the Department of Athletics has been working diligently with university leaders, public health experts and government officials to create game day plans that protect the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, staff, faculty and fans,” the department said in a message to ticket holders today.

The release from Ohio State said if they games are played, social distancing will be required and facial coverings will be mandated at the stadium. It was also announced that concessions would be open with limited availability.

Tailgating will also be prohibited and there will be no skull session at St. John Arena.

Due to the reduction in seating capacity at the stadium, there will likely be changes to quantity and seating locations. For fans who have paid for season tickets, the Department of Athletics will offer to accommodate as many season ticket holders as possible, which will require limiting the quantity of season tickets for each ticket holder. Details on ticket allocation and seat selection will be announced at a later date.

The release from Ohio State said for those who opt out will retain their consecutive years of purchase, retain their full season ticket eligibility and will be able to participate in the planned reseating of Ohio Stadium as the 2020 seat selection process will now occur prior to the 2021 season for all eligible accounts.

Three options are being offered for season ticket holders who chose to opt out of the 2020 season. Supporters have the option to receive a refund for the affected game tickets, receive a credit toward a future ticket purchase, or donate their ticket payments to support student-athlete scholarships.