Public Seat Selection Process (Football & Men's Basketball)
This is an exciting time to be a part of Ohio State Athletics. Utilizing technology that provides a fully-immersive 3D interactive seating diagram and real-time seat availability data, full season ticket holders for football and men's basketball now have the opportunity to select their own seat locations online.
Details of the seat selection process including answers to many common questions can be found by referencing the links on this page and/or by reading the FAQs below. You can experience the Ohio State Football Virtual Venue™ or Ohio State Men's Basketball Virtual Venue™ by clicking the links included on this page.
Football: Full re-seating of Ohio Stadium occurs every four years, beginning with the 2016 season. Seat selection windows begin after all season ticket orders have been processed, and are assigned based on the priority point system. For renewing season ticket holders, seat selections made beginning with the 2016 season are guaranteed through the 2019 season, as long as qualifying gifts (if applicable) and ticket payments are made by the appropriate deadlines. Renewing publicseason ticket holders will be given the opportunity each season to move their seats to available open inventory if desired, but are not required to select new seats until the next full seat selection which occurs prior to the 2020 season. Faculty/Staff full season ticket holders are required to select seats each season.
Men's Basketball: Renewing season ticket holders will be able to upgrade/move their season ticket locations during early September. Seat selection windows will begin in early September after all orders have been processed and will be determined based on consecutive years of men's basketball season ticket purchases. Faculty/Staff season ticket holders are required to select seats each season.
Inside The Ohio State Virtual Venue™
The Ohio State Football Virtual Venue™ is a fully-immersive 3D interactive seating diagram of Ohio Stadium. Developed by IOMEDIA, this technology allows customers to virtually place themselves inside any section at Ohio Stadium and experience the view from that location.
You can view the Ohio State Football Virtual Venue™ here.
Select the Guided Tour for a tutorial on how to navigate the Virtual Venue. During the seat selection process, additional functionality allows customers to see real-time seat availability during their seat selection window.
Seat Selection Process Tutorial
Step-by-Step Screenshots of the Seat Selection Process
Seat Selection Process
The seat selection process gives season ticket holders the opportunity to select their seating based on their overall giving to the University. This process aims to integrate athletics giving, university giving, and continuous years of season ticket purchases for an equitable priority order by which season tickets will be allocated. Each account holder will be assigned an appointment time (seat selection window) based upon season ticket holder qualification and priority point ranking as shown below.
Seat Selection Order
"Group A" Season Ticket Holders
Varsity O Football "VOF" Season Ticket Holders
Faculty/Staff Season Ticket Holders
"Group B" Season Ticket Holders
Ohio Stadium Seating Assignments
- This map does not reflect actual inventory that may be available during the seat selection process. This reflects the seating preferences of those people who chose their seats before you. You are welcome to select any available seats from the online map once your seating window opens.
Will anyone retain their current seats?
All 2016 public full season ticket holders who are renewing for 2017 will retain their current seat location, but will also have an opportunity to select new seats during their seat selection window if desired. The next full seat selection is scheduled to take place prior to the 2020 season.
Seats contractually committed by the University to club seat holders, corporations, as well as commitments to student seating, visiting teams, media, government officials and other Athletics/University departmental commitments are not subject to the seat selection process.
Can I select different seats in 2017?
Yes, based on availability. For renewing season ticket holders, the seats selected during the online selection process in 2016 will be guaranteed through the 2019 season, as long as they are renewed each season. During each season within that four year period, you will have the opportunity to utilize the online system and select different seats if desired, based both upon your priority points for that season and available seating inventory. If you wish to maintain the seats you selected in 2016, you do not need to select new seats in 2017. *Faculty/Staff full season ticket holders are required to select seats each season.
If I am a renewing season ticket holder and I like my current seats, do I have to select new seats?
No. For renewing season ticket holders, the seats you selected during the online selection process in 2016 will be guaranteed through the 2019 season, as long as they are renewed each season. The next full seat selection is scheduled to take place prior to the 2020 season. If you are a new season ticket holder for 2017 or are adding additional seats, you will need to select seat locations only for the new/added seats. *Faculty/Staff full season ticket holders are required to select seats each season.
Will new seats added to my account for this season be automatically placed with my current seats?
No. When you receive your selection window you will need to select seat locations for your new/added seats. If locations near your current seats are available, you will have the opportunity to select them. If you wish to find locations that allow all of your seats to be together, you will need to select your new seats and move your current seats during your seat selection window.
If I am a new season ticket holder, when will I select my seats?
New season ticket holders for the 2017 season will receive a seat selection window based on their priority points. When your seat selection window opens, you will be able to select any available seat in any available section of Ohio Stadium.
How will I be notified about my seat selection window?
Season ticket holders will be sent seat selection window information via email. This information will include step-by-step instructions for using the online site to select seats.
Can I still have my Buckeye Club/President's Club seats next to other season tickets I am eligible to purchase?
Yes. Full season ticket holders who wish to have their public seats assigned next to other season tickets they qualify for (i.e. Faculty/Staff, Varsity O Football) will be able to indicate that choice during the online season ticket renewal process. Buckeye Club and President's Club members have two options:
- Select all seats together based on your public priority points, but only in the public season ticket sections.
- Select your public seats based on your public priority points (in the public season ticket sections) and other seats during the selection window for your other designated group (in those designated sections).
Can I select my public season tickets in the Faculty/Staff or Varsity O Football sections?
No. The Faculty/Staff and Varsity O Football sections are limited only to tickets qualified as a benefit of being a member of those designated groups. Selecting public seats and Faculty/Staff/Varsity O seats together may only be done in the public season ticket sections, based on your public priority points.
Are B-Box or D-Box seats able to be selected during the seat selection process?
Possibly. When your selection window opens, you will have the opportunity to pick these seats, depending on available inventory. Please keep in mind, there is a price difference for B-Box and D-Box seats.
If I have club seats, are they be subject to the seat selection process?
No. Each club seat holder will retain their contracted seats long as you qualify for your club seats and continue to fulfill the obligations in your contract.
How does the seat selection process take place?
The Ohio State Football Virtual Venue™ was created to assist in the seat selection process. This online system allows season ticket holders to choose seats during a specific window of time. Each full season ticket holder is assigned a scheduled window of time in which to log-in to their online ticket account and choose their seats. A 3D view of Ohio Stadium from the seats will be available to preview before choosing your seats. Appointment times (seat selection windows) will be assigned based on the priority point system. Ticket holders with the highest point totals will select first. Seat selection windows will be staggered, every 30 minutes.
Can I see the Ohio State Football Virtual Venue™ before I log in to select seats?
A link to the Ohio State Football Virtual Venue™ is available by clicking here. While this Virtual Venue will not show you the exact seat inventory available for you to select, it will allow you to familiarize yourself with the look and feel of the seating map. You will not be able to see actual seating availability until you log into your Ohio State Buckeyes Account during your seat selection window.
Why can't I leave a single seat when making my selection?
The Virtual Venue software contains a built-in feature which does not allow for single seats to be left after a selection has been made. If you are having issues with selecting seats because of a single seat remaining, please contact the Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-BUCKS (462-8257) for assistance.
What if I miss my appointment time?
Your assigned seat selection window reflects the earliest time you may log in to select seats. Those who miss their scheduled appointment time may log in to self-select seats at any time after their appointment time has started. Please keep in mind that if you miss your scheduled appointment time, other season ticket holders may be choosing seats at their assigned times which will affect seating availability. NOTE: If you are a renewing season ticket holder and wish to maintain your current seat location, you do not need to select new seats. If you are a faculty/staff full season ticket holder, you must select seats each season.
What if I want to sit with a group of people?
With the online seat selection process, each individual will be given an appointment time for seating based on their respective priority point ranking. Each group member needs to coordinate his/her selection with the appointment time of the lowest-ranked person within their group; and, at that time, each group member can log into the online system and choose their seats together.
NOTE: Since all seats will be selected online, each person in the group will need access to a computer when coordinating the location of their seating location to simultaneously make their selections. Each group member can log in at their assigned time and check the availability of seats, having the opportunity to make their selections at that point, should they wish to forgo their group seating based on the lowest-ranked person's selection time within the group.
How do I obtain handicap accessible seats or seats needed because of mobility issues?
Full season ticket holders will be asked about special seating needs during the season ticket renewal process. All individuals requesting disability seating also will be required to submit a Disability Needs Form indicating their particular need. Individuals requiring seating in wheelchair accessible rows or specific seating to meet other disability needs, AND who have submitted a Disability Needs Form, will be able to call 1-800-GO-BUCKS (462-8257) during their assigned seat selection window for assistance with selecting seats from available inventory that meet their specific needs. Once your Disability Needs Form has been received, a member of the Athletics Ticket Office staff will follow up with you to give you instructions as to how to select appropriate seats during your seat selection window.
What Internet Browser is needed to complete the seat selection process? Can I use my iPad?
Seat selections can be made using most models of computer/tablets, but not all. You can complete the process on an iPad, but not an iPhone. If you're using a computer, please make sure it meets these guidelines:
- Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0+, Mozilla Firefox 4.0+, Safari 5.1+, and Chrome 15+
- The Ohio State Football Virtual Venue™ is best viewed with the most updated version of Chrome. To download this most recent version, click HERE.
- As a reminder, the seat selection process CANNOT be completed on a smart phone.
Is there an option to select my seats if I do not own a computer?
Yes. You can always ask a family member or friend to help you with this process. Feel free to contact the Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-BUCKS (462-8257) with any questions.
How often will the seat selection process take place?
Full re-seating of Ohio Stadium occurs every four years, beginning with the 2016 season. Renewing public season ticket holders may adjust their seats each season within that four year period, based on availability. The next full seat selection is scheduled to take place prior to the 2020 season. *Faculty/Staff full season ticket holders are required to select seats each season.
Why do donors receive priority in the seat selection process?
It is important to our institution to have a system in place that properly rewards those who support Ohio State. The University appreciates the support from all of our season ticket holders. Our loyal and generous donors have supported Ohio State with resources and generous contributions. This support should be reflected in seating selection.
What other universities/colleges utilize a similar program?
Numerous schools use a similar process to adjust seating on a regular basis including: Iowa, South Carolina, Penn State and Tennessee. Some of these schools utilize a seat selection process annually while others stagger their seat selection processes.
Who do I contact for questions that may not be answered in this brochure?
You may email email@example.com, or you may also contact the Buckeye Club at (614) 292-9908, the President's Club at (614) 292-9550, or the Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-BUCKS (462-8257) for more information.
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