The Schottenstein Center Ticket Office is located in the Southeast Rotunda – accessible by entering through the Northeast rotunda (nearest Olentangy River Road).  For the latest event information, CALL 614-688-3939 during office hours or check out schottensteincenter.com.

Ticket Office Hours

Regular Hours
Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM
Saturday-Sunday - Closed except for OSU athletics events, on-sales AND special events.

The Ohio State Ticket Office will close at 2PM on Wednesday, November 22nd and will remain closed Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Regular business hours of 8AM to 5PM will resume on Monday, November 27th.

The Ticket Office is closed for all OSU University Holidays. For specific holiday hours call 1-800-GO-BUCKS.  We do not sell tickets over the phone.  

  • OSU Football games - open 4 hours prior to kickoff through halftime
  • OSU Men’s Basketball- open 2 hours before event through halftime
  • OSU Men’s Ice Hockey- open 90 minutes before event through the second intermission
  • OSU Women’s Basketball - open 90 minutes before event through halftime
  • Entertainment Events - open 90 minutes before event through intermission


Ticketing TIPS


Tickets for events at the Schottenstein Center are distributed exclusively through Ticketmaster. Ticket prices and delivery options are set by the artist/ tour. The more convenient the method of purchase (ticketmaster.com or charge-By-Phone at 1-800-745-3000), the higher the service fees. You can avoid additional service charges regardless of payment method by purchasing in person at the Box Office. The Box Office does not sell tickets by phone. WARNING: Tickets purchased from StubHub, Vivid Seats, eBay, Craig's List, secondary ticket agencies or "scalpers" can be counterfeit, stolen, or otherwise invalid.  TICKET TIP: We recommend a search at ticketmaster.com or via the Box Office as tickets are almost always available at face value.  Remember that at the initial moment of on-sale, thousands of tickets can be held in que as people decide if they are going to purchase … don’t forget to try back.  Pay attention to ticket limits and remember that seats can be released after the initial on-sale.

Only verified Ticketmaster mobile-compatible tickets (shown on a device as a QR code, not a standard bar code) will be accepted. Print-at-home PDF tickets MUST be printed in advance and presented on paper at entry to avoid a $10-20 re-print fee. Websites other than schottensteincenter.com or ohiostatebuckeyes.com are NOT affiliated with the venue.

Purchasing Tickets

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster Charge-By-Phone (1-800-745-3000) and ticketmaster.com until 2 hours prior to the start of the event OR at the Schottenstein Center Ticket Office until the start of the event. Service charges may apply.


The Schottenstein Center strictly prohibits ticket scalping and the resale of tickets on Ohio State University Property. The ticket office is not responsible for validating tickets that were not purchased through an authorized source, and reprinting the ticket does not guarantee the validity of the ticket or entry into the facility. PROTECT YOURSELF- Only purchase tickets from authorized sources.

Age Policy

Ohio State University adheres to the Big Ten Conference policy requiring that all guests, regardless of age, must present a valid ticket for entrance into football, men's basketball, and men's ice hockey games. For Women’s Basketball, a child under 2 does not need a ticket, but is required to sit in the lap of their parent or guardian.

Fans wishing to bring small children (under the age of 2) may purchase a lap ticket at a discounted rate that will allow entry into the venue and permitted to sit in the lap of their parent or guardian. If the child requires a seat - a regular ticket must be purchased.

  • Lap tickets are only available on game day for purchased at the game venue
  • lap ticket policy only to home games - football, men's basketball, and men's ice hockey

Football - Ohio Stadium - Gate 5 (NW Corner) - $10/ticket

Men's Basketball - Schottenstein Center - NW or SE ticket office - $5/ticket

Men's Ice Hockey -Schottenstein Center -NW or SE ticket office - $2/ticket

For most Concerts and Special Events at the Schottenstein Center, a child under age 2 does not need a ticket.  Call 614-688-3939 before you buy as some family shows have policies requiring tickets for those under 2.    

Will Call

ALL guests are required to show photo ID.
Entertainment: General WILL CALL may be picked up 90 minutes prior to the event from the Main Ticket Office (SE Rotunda) or NW Ticket Windows.  Tickets left by tour staff must be picked up in the SE Rotunda and usually arrive approximately one hour prior to the event start time.
OSU Men’s Ice Hockey: General WILL CALL may be picked up 90 minutes prior to the game at the Main Ticket Office (SE Rotunda) or NW Ticket Windows. Tickets left by players /for recruits must be picked up at the NW Ticket Windows. OSU Student entrance (valid BuckID for admittance) is in the SW Rotunda.
OSU Women’s Basketball: General WILL CALL may be picked up 90 minutes prior to the game at the Main Ticket Office (SE Rotunda) or NW Ticket Windows. Tickets left by players, coaches, staff /for recruits must be picked up at the NW Ticket Windows. OSU Student entrance (valid BuckID for admittance) is in the SW Rotunda.
OSU Men’s Basketball: General WILL CALL may be picked up 2 hours prior to the game at the Main Ticket Office (SE Rotunda) or NW Ticket Windows. Tickets left by players/ for recruits must be picked up in the SW Rotunda. Tickets left by coaches/ staff must be picked up at the NW Ticket Windows. OSU Student entrance (valid BuckID for admittance) is in the SW Rotunda.

Ticket FAQs

Random Number Distribution Policy

For most entertainment events, the Random Number Distribution (RND) policy is used during the on-sale to ensure a fair method of ticket distribution giving fans an equal chance of purchasing the best tickets to an event, prevents scalpers from buying the best seats, and discourages “camping out”.

  • Children age 12 and under are not eligible to receive a number.
  • Numbers will be distributed approximately 2 hours prior to the on-sale OR at any point that the number of guests in line reaches 10 or more.
  • All fans arriving 30 minutes prior to the on-sale will receive a number. Fans arriving after that time will be placed at the end of the line.
  • Everyone who receives a random number has an equal chance of being first in line.
  • 30 minutes prior to the on-sale, the beginning number will be chosen.
  • Fans must be present when the first number is drawn to be eligible to claim their place in line.
  • Once the beginning number is chosen, fans will be lined up in numerical order, and must remain in that order until they complete their purchase.
  • Issuance of a random number does not guarantee you a ticket.

My tickets turned black. What happened?

As a security measure, tickets are printed on thermal paper. If tickets are stored in cars or extreme heat, they may turn black and become unreadable. If this happens, contact Ticketmaster Customer Service at (800) 745-3000 or the Ticket Office at (800) GO-BUCKS, and replacement tickets will be issued if the original seats can be determined.

Why can’t I find information on an event coming to the Schottenstein Center?

The Schottenstein Center cannot release any information until the promoter grants permission. Many times the website of the artist will announce the information before the Schottenstein Center has the right to make it public. Once we have been given permission, full info will be listed on our event calendar. To see the current upcoming events, check out our Event Calendar page.

How are ticket prices decided? Ticket quantity limits?

Ticket prices and limits are typically set by the artist and finalized through contract negotiations between the artist and the promoter.

What is the difference between purchasing a ticket from Ticketmaster as opposed to purchasing from the Schottenstein Center ticket office?

The primary difference between purchasing a ticket at the Center ticket office as opposed to Ticketmaster relates to service charges. There is no service charge on tickets purchased in person at the ticket office. Be aware that a facility fee may apply regardless of  purchase loaction.  Tickets purchased from Ticketmaster are also subject to a per-ticket service charge which varies by event and the method of ordering. 

Why do some of the best tickets sell so quickly?

When an event goes on sale there are often thousands of customers simultaneously attempting to purchase tickets across multiple distribution channels.

Like any limited commodity, tickets are sold as long as seats are available, and sometimes they go quickly. If 500 fans are simultaneously buying four tickets each, 2,000 tickets can be sold in just seconds!  There is a common misconception that all shows sell out which is extremely rare.  At the beginning of an on-sale, many seats may be held as buyers browse and end up released back into the pool.

Why are “better” tickets sometimes available long after the event goes on sale?

Tickets may be released for sale as the event date approaches. This happens for several reasons such as 1) The artist or team may no longer need the tickets that were held when the event originally went on sale, or 2) Once the stage or event area is set up, the venue has a better idea about which seats are obstructed. Often great seats can be released at the last minute.

Why do I need to keep my ticket stub?

The ticket stub is proof that you purchased the right to sit in a specific seat. Schottenstein Center staff will often ask to see a ticket stub when you are moving around the facility or returning to your seat. A ticket stub is also needed whenever a cancellation or rescheduled performance situation occurs.

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