The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Football ticket process

Sustaining and Life Members have the opportunity to purchase football tickets before they go on sale to the general public.

This process was established in 2016 in response to alumni feedback. It has the following enhancements:

  • Game selection is in your hands: You have the opportunity to select which game(s) you want to attend, although you are not guaranteed to receive tickets to any game.
  • Get more tickets to more games: You can purchase up to two tickets for one premier or Big Ten game, and four tickets to one non-conference/non-premier game.
  • Immediately know the game(s) you’re attending: You can begin planning your football Saturdays as soon as you complete the ticket-purchasing process.

More information will be sent to eligible members via email.


If you’re not currently a Sustaining or Life Member of the alumni association, you’re not eligible to participate in the 2018 ticket process. However, if you're an Ohio State graduate and want eligibility for the 2019 process, make a gift of $75 to any Ohio State fund by December 31, 2018.

Questions? Please contact our customer service center at 614-292-2281 or 800-762-5646.

Ticket-purchasing process

How does the process work?

The ticket-purchasing process for alumni association Sustaining and Life Members will be carried out on a first-come, first-served basis in June 2018. Additional details on the process will be shared via email.

You’ll select up to two games and the quantity of tickets you’d like to purchase. Members can select a maximum of two tickets per game for Big Ten and premier games, or a maximum of four tickets to non-conference/non-premier games.

Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so your preferences won’t be guaranteed.

Why did you make the change?

The enhancements, implemented in 2016, were in response to alumni feedback about the ticket lottery. Among the concerns: the inability to choose game(s); having to wait two months to learn which games were assigned; and the two-ticket-per-game limit. The new process addresses those concerns and gives alumni more options.

Is there still a ticket process registration period in May?

No. The ticket-purchasing process will begin in June.

Can I buy more than two tickets to one game?

Yes. You can purchase up to two tickets for one Big Ten or premier game, and four tickets to one non-conference/non-premier game.

Do I get to choose which game I attend?

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. When you make your purchase, you will have access to the tickets and seats that are available at that time.

Is my gift as a Sustaining Member tax deductible?

Due to the enhanced ticket process, there is now a $15 value associated with the opportunity to purchase football tickets. The amount of your tax-deductible contribution is limited to the excess of your gift over the value of the goods and services provided to you. Please consult your tax adviser regarding your charitable deduction.

Active paid Sustaining and Life Members as of December 31 will be eligible for the following year’s alumni ticket process. If you’re an alumnus who made a gift of $75 or more between January 1 and December 31, you’re a Sustaining Member eligible for the following year’s process.

If you’re an alumnus who purchased a Life Membership from the alumni association prior to July 1, 2012, you’re eligible for the process every year.

You must be a graduate of Ohio State to be eligible to purchase a Sustaining Membership unless you were an active member prior to July 1, 2012.

If you’re a member of the alumni association who receives season tickets, you’re eligible to participate in the process, as well. Participating in the alumni football ticket process doesn’t affect your ability to receive season tickets.

If you have further questions regarding football ticket process eligibility, please contact the Alumni Association Customer Service Center at 614-292-2281 or 800-762-5646.

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