Ohio State football: Gameday detours

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Construction on State Rt. 315 and several locations around Campus will add extra headaches when entering and exiting Ohio Stadium for the Buckeyes' seven home games this season. Here's more if you're heading down ...

... By car

Leaving games - especially the night contest Sept. 12 against USC - could take twice as long as usual, according to a recent Ohio State statement. Vehicles parked closest to the stadium will have the most difficulty, and much of Campus will adopt a one-way pattern. Plan your route to the game with an interactive traffic map at buckeyetraffic.org/315.

Parking costs $10 at OSU facilities, and all annual university parking permits will be valid in gameday lots. A list of OSU public parking lots and garages is available at tp.osu.edu.

... By bike

The Pedal Instead program will set up shop along the Olentangy Greenway Trail, south of Woody Hayes Drive and east of the river. The guarded corral will be open about an hour before and after games. An overflow bike-check will be located near Morrill Tower. A small donation is encouraged. More info at pedalinstead.org.

... By bus

* COTA will operate park-and-ride shuttles from Crosswoods (free parking) and the Ohio Expo Center ($5 parking). Shuttles, which drop fans at 17th and Neil avenues, run three hours before and two hours after games. The fare is $4. COTA will also beef up service on the Nos. 2, 7, 8 and 18 routes.

* A new park-and-ride shuttle will run from City Center to University Hall. The $10 fee gets you one parking spot, round-trip bussing for two and two bottles of water. The shuttle, sponsored by OSU and Capitol South, has a bathroom and will run three hours before and two hours after games. Click to downtowncolumbus.org for info.

* Free bus service from West Campus will be available six hours before and one hour after games. Shuttles run from Mount Hall to the Drake Union.