To get to December and beyond, the team and university ask all fans to remain vigilant about the security protocols that have been in place since the start of the pandemic – Together As Buckeyes, we are tackling COVID-19. To reinforce this, the Ohio State public health campaign will expand this week to include safety messages on digital kiosks along the High Street from the Gateway to Short North, advertisements, digital banners, and various social media efforts including a video by Gene Smith, Ohio State player. and Dr. Jim Borchers, and support from university leaders including Ohio State University President Kristina M. Johnson.
“We need our students and all fans to watch the game at home and not have or attend a big viewing party,” said Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith. “COVID-19 cases are on the rise, including in Ohio, and we can’t turn our game into an event for the spread of the virus. So we sincerely ask our fans to avoid big viewing parties, don’t come to campus because there is no tailgating, and enjoy watching the Buckeyes with a limited number of family or friends because, this year, every game is a home game. “
Game Day Operation 2020
There will be plenty of match-day shifts in and around Ohio Stadium this year as the athletics department’s top priorities are the health, safety, and fitness of students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors.
“Our goal is to create a safe environment for all with carefully thought out guidelines,” said Smith. “We’re also working to find ways for our fans to enjoy our great tradition and match day experience – even if it means doing it in a new way. Our fans are engaged in our ‘cardboard cutout’ opportunity to take pictures in the stands, and we will bring the excitement of the match day at Ohio Stadium to their phones with our second stream of screens that will feature some live moments inside the stadium. “
Monitoring of the pandemic and taking direction from state and local health authorities as well as government experts and university leaders is ongoing. There is also recognition that modifications to protocols and plans may still have to be made. As of now, the information below can provide insight into what four football Saturdays on the Ohio State campus will look like in 2020.
- Every match is a home game. Visit https://go.osu.edu/everygame-homegame for video messages and links to the Buckeyes Safe and Healthy web portal, the Ohio Department of Health, and Scarlet Saturday’s second screen stream.
- No tailgating. Tailgating is not allowed in the parking lot or anywhere else on the Ohio State campus. Ohio State University campus police will be on patrol and will ask potential tailors to leave the premises.
- No fans. The Top Ten Conference determined that this year’s matches would have no fans in attendance, except for the family of players and coaches. The numbers vary by school, but the State of Ohio will have 656 players and train family guests at the game and the visitors will have up to 400.
- Physically distant seat. The limited number of guests at Ohio State’s home games will be physically separated in 10 A Deck seats; six sections for the home team visitors and four for the visitors.
- That Big Ten The conference has provided each school with a crowd noise “murmur” audio track for use during games. Loudness / volume will remain at 70 decibels – not higher – during play, and can be increased to a maximum of 90 decibels during celebratory moments… for the home team, of course.
- Examination of temperature and symptoms. All media, match day employees, network TV production crews, facilities and operations staff will be required to perform symptom checks, including temperature assessments, before being allowed to enter Ohio Stadium.
- Masks and face covers. Masks and / or face masks must be worn at all times in all areas of Ohio Stadium.
- Clean areas. Nothing will be accepted at the field level at Ohio Stadium unless they are Tier I or Tier II for Covid-19 testing, or are a TV network camera / production crew who are also tested at least the Friday and Saturday before the game. Level I testing is six days a week. Tier II twice a week, on Friday and Saturday mornings.
- Profession media the press box area will have a maximum capacity of 40 people, down from 230 during the typical season.
- Photographer / videographer. All photography / videography will be taken from the AA Deck in a high-angle location above A Deck. Photographers with credentials – 22 in total – will have an assigned position to shoot the match action and stadium atmosphere.
- Elevator in the Huntington Club lobby will be determined accordingly to limit overcrowding: team coaching staff (# 2), press boxes (# 3) and NFL photographers / videographers / scouts (# 4 and # 5) with facilities and operations staff using # 3, # 4, # 5 and fourth – # 7 – near Gate 7.
- Ohio Stadium Capacity. Ohio Stadium has a capacity of 102,780. Ohio Stadium capacity during the 2020 season will reach 1,600, that total includes everyone in the facility (public safety, staff, concessions, Red Coats, fans, teams, officials, game management, etc.).
- Concession will feature a limited menu of fan favorites with fully mobile and cashless options to offer the fastest service. This can be done using a credit or debit card, ordering via the official Ohio State app or taking the express line via the use of a QR code. With each concession booth having mobile ordering and retrieval capabilities, this will increase service speed and reduce unnecessary routes.
- That Ohio State Marching Band will not be appearing at this year’s game, nor will he have his traditional “skull session” at St. Petersburg. John Arena before the game. Fans can watch the virtual show on Scarlet Saturday’s live broadcast and on the TBDBITL social media channel.
- Cheerleaders, spirit squad and Brutus Buckeye. The cheering performance and cheering squad, as well as the demeanor of Brutus Buckeye, won’t take place at Ohio Stadium.
- Game of autographs and awards on the pitch. Awards and procession on the pitch will be eliminated from the match. There will be no Homecoming celebrations, alumni bands, and alumni cheerleaders at this year’s games, nor will there be a Top Ten team championship and individual awards to celebrate.
- No Blackwell. There are no teams running. The football team will not stay at the Blackwell Hotel on the Friday night before the home game as the facility is using extras this fall. The team’s traditional pre-match trip from Blackwell to St. John Arena to Ohio Stadium will not take place. The Buckeyes would catch a bus to Ohio Stadium from their Friday night inn.
- Cardboard fan cut. Gigantic photos of several thousand fans will fill A Deck’s section, as fans can purchase their own cutouts that will remain in the stadium throughout the season. Buy a piece here: https://ohiostatebuckeyes.com/fan-cutouts/
- Scarlet Saturday. Every Saturday home game, Buckeye fans will be encouraged to experience and enjoy a slice of the match day through the Scarlet Saturday production, a second screen experience broadcast live from inside Ohio Stadium. Learn more at go.osu.edu/scarletsaturday
- Victory Bell. The tradition of the Victory Bell rung after every win at Ohio Stadium will continue this season.