COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Ohio State University will begin a pilot program selling beer and wine in limited locations at Ohio Stadium this fall during football games, Gene Smith, vice president and director of athletics, announced Friday.
This decision was made in consultation and with input from appropriate stakeholders, including the Athletics Council. The safety and well-being of our campus community is our first priority and the university will carefully monitor and assess the pilot program throughout the season, Smith said.
Fans with access to the stadium’s 81 suites and 2,700 club seats will be offered the opportunity to purchase beer and wine. These areas contain 4,370 total seats.
Alcohol has been available at The Schottenstein Center (suites and club seats) since it opened in 1998 for Ohio State men’s and women’s basketball and hockey games. The total number of seats in these areas is 5,632.
This summer, Ohio State piloted beer and wine sales in Ohio Stadium at The Rolling Stones, Buckeye Country Music Fest (two dates) and One Direction concerts along with the Cleveland Browns Open Scrimmage. After each event, the university gathered reports from Levy Restaurants, Ohio State’s concessions vendor, pertaining to the successful sale of alcohol.
Levy Restaurants is committed to responsible alcohol service locally and nationally at more than 100 sports and entertainment venues. Additionally, Levy has been serving wine and beer at nearly every concert event at The Schottenstein Center since becoming Ohio State’s vendor in 2013.