Updated September 2019
Yes, Columbus is crazy about our Buckeyes. Whether you're coming to cheer them on or to root for your visiting team, you're going to have a great time. If this is your first visit, we've got some tips to make sure you have the very best Columbus weekend!
Friday: We recommend you arrive in Columbus at least a day before the big game to get your bearings. Find a hotel near campus or downtown. We hope you're here early enough for a great dinner out. We highly suggest dining local! Or try a food truck!
Saturday: This is game day - the focus is on football and tailgating. The tailgating lots open at 5 a.m. on game days, and are first-come, first-served. There's no specific visiting team area within the lots - so park anywhere and set up shop. If you're not the cooking type, pick up some food and drinks from one of the many campus-area eateries near the stadium. If you're here for a noon game, you may want to arrive around that time. If you're here for a 3:30 p.m. or night game, you've got a little time to get breakfast before camping out. The tailgate area has lots of family-friendly activities, generally along Lane Avenue, in addition to the traditional partying. Here are some more tips about game days from Ohio State.
There are free shuttles from the day-of-game parking lots west of the Olentangy River, but most people walk to the Horseshoe. No need to scope out directions - just follow the 102,000 other people. If you made the trek to Columbus, you know exactly what to do in the stadium.
Sunday: We hope you'll stay an extra day and really enjoy your time in Columbus. Fall is a perfect time to visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, repeatedly named one of the nation's best zoos. Or check out one of Columbus' signature neighborhoods - the Short North Arts District or historic German Village.