Office of Student Life

Buckeye Football and Family Tailgate

Experience a Buckeye game day on campus and join us for our annual Buckeye Football and Family Tailgate, our main event for the autumn semester!

This year's Buckeye Football and Family Tailgate will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21!

Important: Tailgate registration does not include tickets to the football game. If you are interested in purchasing football tickets, you can purchase tickets on Ohio State's Ticketmaster site.

Registration for the pregame tailgate will open on Thursday, July 18 at noon ET.

As this event includes food, we are required to close registration on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at noon ET so that we may provide an accurate guest count to our event services and catering teams. Unfortunately, we are strictly prohibited from re-opening the form. To guarantee we can accommodate all of our registered attendees, we are not offering on-site registration for the pregame tailgate. Sibs, Kids and Family Day will be our next event, held on Saturday, March 29. More information about Sibs, Kids and Family Day can be found on our website.

Frequently asked questions

What time is the tailgate?

The time for the tailgate will be shared as soon as the kick-off time is announced for the football game against Marshall.

How do I register?

Registration will open on Thursday, July 18 at noon ET. Once registration opens, families can visit to be taken to the registration form. A link will also be available on the Buckeye Family Connection portal.

Do I need a Buckeye Family Connection account to register for the tailgate?

Yes. If you have not already created an account on the Buckeye Family Connection, our office's family communication platform, you will need to create a free account to access the registration form. Creating an account only takes a few minutes and comes with several benefits, including personalizing the information that you receive and customizing how often you receive e-newsletters (e.g., weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or never). Stay connected to your student's Buckeye experience by setting up your Buckeye Family Connection profile today.

How much does registration cost? What does it include?

Registration is $30 per guest (current Ohio State students and guests ages 5 and under are FREE). Your registration will include unlimited access to the catered food and food truck options available at the tailgate. The tailgate will also feature tailgate games, inflatables, music and more.

What else should I know before I arrive?

Our tailgate is a little different than your typical tailgate. The tailgate will be held on the South Oval, across the Ohio Union along College Road to provide families with their own pregame space to enjoy. Vehicles will not be permitted at the tailgate, but there are a number of nearby parking garages that make it easy to navigate to the tailgate. Our tailgate is also family-friendly, so alcohol will not be served nor is it permitted on site.

When you arrive, you will receive a wristband that will serve as your ticket for unlimited access to the catered food and food truck options at the tailgate. You are welcome to come and go as many times as you would like.


If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact Parent and Family Relations at (614) 292-9153 or via email at