July 7 will be a big day for Taylor Swift fans in Columbus.
It’s been three years since the Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter has performed in the capital city, and on Saturday, she’ll be playing the biggest venue yet. Ohio Stadium will host tens of thousands of fans for her Reputation Stadium Tour.
— Brutus Buckeye (@Brutus_Buckeye) September 17, 2015
But officials want fans to know that they should expect a few delays. With any huge concert, traffic is a natural concern. S.R. 315 will bear the brunt of the traffic, but it won’t be that much different than any home game in the fall.
Traffic delays won’t only affect drivers, though. CABS Service will be suspended near the Medical Center and the stadium on July 7. You can click here for more info.
The real test of patience will come when concert-goers head into the stadium. Ticketmaster is already warning people that there getting through security will take a while.
— Variety (@Variety) May 9, 2018
If you’ve never been to a concert at Ohio Stadium, you may be unfamiliar with the rules. So here are a few things that may help you move through the checkpoints a little quicker.
Bags and purses of any size are not allowed in the stadium. You can bring a wallet or wristlet, but it can’t be larger than 5″x8″x1″. They will make exceptions for guests who have special medical or childcare needs. If those circumstances apply, be sure to enter through the Steinbrenner Band Center entrances, located between Gate 10 & 12 or at the Press Entrance between Huntington Club and Gate 23 so you can have your items inspected.
If you bring a bag and it’s not required for medical or child care needs, your only option will be trucking back to your car or to throw it away.
Signs are allowed, but they cannot be larger than 11 x 17 inches. If you make a poster larger than that, all of your hard work will be for nothing, because they will end up in the trash.
Concert parking can be a bit of a nightmare, but OSU has provided an extensive map of available parking for fans. There will also be a parent pick-up/drop-off zone at the Scarlet Lots near the Jerome Schottenstein Center. It’s completely free for parents to use the lot, but you can’t return to pick-up the kiddos until after 9 p.m. OSU recommends that parents using the lot exit 315 at Ackerman Road and enter the lot via Olentangy River Rd.
Finally, at the request of the tour, all tickets will be mobile delivery only. That means that your mobile phone is your ticket, and your tickets will not be available for print or emailed to you. So don’t forget to download that Ticketmaster app! If you have multiple tickets on one phone, all parties must be present in order to enter.