Game Day Timeline: Skull Session, College Game Day, Noon Kickoff, Elder’s Day, and other festivities fill the hours leading up to the game

With a top-three matchup between Ohio State and Michigan in the 118th edition of The Game, there will be quite the scene on campus in the hours leading up to kickoff.

Skull Sessions, FanFest, College GameDay and the Big Noon Kickoff, TBDBITL’s entry into Horseshoe Senior Day activities and Ohio State Football are among the many events taking place before noon on Saturday.

To help you navigate all the hoopla, we’ve created a game day timeline that can serve as your morning itinerary for your trip to campus for the Buckeyes’ battle with the Wolverines.

Game day chronology

5:00 – Car parks open

Click here for the 2022 Ohio State football parking lot map.

Ohio State uses each of its on-campus lots and garages for game day parking, sold on game day only. Lots and garages closest to Ohio Stadium are called “proximity lots” and marked red on the downloadable map are priced at $30. Conversely, those located farther from the stadium are called “non-proximity lots” and marked in green they cost $25.

All game day parking spaces are sold on a first come, first served basis on Saturdays, meaning there are no pre-sales to park in car parks and garages. All parking sales are without money, and lotto workers will only accept payments by debit cards, credit cards and smartphones.

8:00 – The doors to the Skull Session open

In 1932, Eugene J. Weigel enhanced the band’s performances by having its members memorize the music before games each week. The legendary leader of The Best Damn Band in the Land called his final rehearsal before the hour of play the “Skull Session,” allowing the members to think about the upcoming show. They practiced in a rehearsal room with a few hundred seats.

When the St. John Arena was built in 1957, the band eventually moved the Skull Session to the athletic venue to accommodate the growing crowd that overflowed into their former rehearsal space. It still takes place today at the St. John Arena.

The Skull session begins approximately one and a half to two hours before kickoff of each home soccer game. It is a popular pep rally/concert, with over 10,000 fans in attendance. Seats for the Skull Session are in high demand, and it’s not uncommon for devoted fans to arrive up to two hours before the band.

The Skull Session before the Michigan game is scheduled to begin at 9:40. The marching band will play a short list of songs for the attendees. The football team is also expected to do its traditional walkthrough, including talks from Ryan Day and an assortment of coaches and players.

November 12, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Zach Harrison speaks to the crowd at the Skull Session before Ohio State’s matchup with Indiana. Photo credit: Brooke LaValley – The Columbus Expedition

8:00 – Ticket office opens

The Ohio Stadium ticket office will open at 8 a.m. for fans who need assistance with the mobile ticket office. The office is located outside Gate 5 on the south side of the stadium.

Earlier this week, the Ohio State Athletic Department educated fans on where and how to buy tickets to The Game to prevent people from buying fraudulent tickets before Saturday. Here is the full version:

The Ohio Department of Athletics strongly encourages fans to protect themselves from potential ticket fraud leading up to Saturday’s game between No. Ohio State and No. 2 3 Michigan.

The Ohio State Athletics Box Office, Ticketmaster and Buckeyes Ticket Exchange are the only authorized sources for tickets to Ohio State Athletics events.

All mobile tickets must be presented with a dynamic (mobile) barcode or on your phone’s digital wallet using tap-n-go technology. QR codes and screenshots are NOT valid for admission to Ohio Stadium.

Fans purchasing tickets from unauthorized sources (including StubHub, Vivid Seats, CraigsList, EBay and ticket brokers) assume the risk that the tickets purchased are counterfeit or that the barcodes have been invalidated. Any fan who attempts to enter Ohio Stadium with counterfeit or invalid barcodes will be denied entry.

9:00 – Opening of the FanFest

FanFest is the place to be if you’re looking for a tailgate open to the public on Saturdays. The tailgate is located on the south side of St. John Arena and across the street from Ohio Stadium. There will be live vendors, lawn games and live music and other fun activities starting three hours before kickoff.

9am – ESPN’s College GameDay and FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff Open

With a top-three matchup on tap between Ohio State and Michigan, ESPN’s College GameDay and FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff will both be in Columbus on Saturday.

Here’s everything you need to know about both pregame shows:

College Games Day

GameDay will be live from the south side of the St. John Arena, as it was for Ohio State’s season opener against Notre Dame. Fans are encouraged to arrive as early as 5:30 on Saturdays, but please note that the broadcast will not begin until 9:00 and will run for three hours until kickoff at noon.

As always, a panel of Rece Davis, Desmond Howard, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, David Pollack and Pat McAfee will provide pregame coverage for Ohio State vs. Michigan and the rest of the weekend’s game list. There will also be guests featured on the broadcast, including a guest picker who hasn’t been announced yet.

GameDay FAQs:

What is ESPN’s policy for pit attendees?

The following objects are prohibited in the pit: bags (of any kind), food and drink, pens, pencils, markers or dry erase boards and signs on sticks. Throwing objects into the pit is strictly prohibited. A number of signage rules are also required.

How am I selected to stand in the pit during the live broadcast?

Students and fans have the opportunity to get an up-close view of the show from standing in the pit immediately adjacent to the stage. Selection is on a first come, first served basis for all fans. Students admitted to the pit are asked to wear school colors and are expected to have a numbered bracelet. Participants are subject to ESPN security policies and procedures.

What are the College GameDay sign regulations?

One of the most beloved traditions associated with College GameDay is sign making. Profanity, .com, .net, .org, political or religious signs are not allowed. For fans entering the hole, signs cannot be on posts or oversized. All placards brought to registration on Saturday will be inspected prior to entry and must comply with College GameDay placard policies or will be removed.

Great midday kickoff

Like GameDay, the Big Noon Kickoff will also take place in the same place it was earlier this season, outside RPAC on the southeast side of Ohio Stadium.

Fans are encouraged to arrive before 9am to participate in the experience. In fact, it might be encouraged, as the first 200 fans to enter “The Pit” will receive free T-shirts and a chance to win an Xbox Series X, Playstation 5, gift cards, and other prizes.

A panel consisting of Rob Stone, Reggie Bush, Brady Quinn, Matt Leinart and former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer will provide pregame coverage for Ohio State vs. Michigan and other matchups from across the college football landscape. If you’re watching Big Noon Kickoff from home, keep your television locked to FOX, as The Game will air on that network starting at noon.


For those looking to experience both College GameDay and Saturday’s Big Noon Kickoff, the stagings are located just 0.3 miles apart, about a seven-minute walk.

Pre-game Show map

9:40 – The skull session begins

As mentioned above, the Skull Session will start at approximately 9:40am. The marching band will play a few songs and the football team will walk through the St. John Arena, with Ryan Day and a combination of coaches and players expected to address the fans in attendance with short speeches.

10:00 – Ohio Stadium gates open

Ohio Stadium gates will open at 10am If you can get to your seats fast enough, you can welcome the Buckeyes at the Horseshoe as they make their way from St. John Arena through the stadium and into the locker room.

11:40 – Band ramp entrance

The Best Damn Band in the Land will enter the stadium to the tune of “Buckeye Battle Cry” and “Across the Field” at approximately 11:40am. The marching band will then welcome the football team onto the field as they approach to kick off.

11:50 – Seniors Day recognition begins

Not all Buckeyes will hit the field at the same time on Saturday. Twenty-three Ohio State players will be honored during the Senior Day festivities before Saturday’s game.

Participants in the day of the elderly

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KAMRYN BABB

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TERADIA MITCHELL

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VINCENZO TARON

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JAVONTAE JEAN-BAPTISTE

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ZACH HARRISON

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SALVATORE JOHNSON

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RONNIE HICKMAN

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TANNER MCCALISTER

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PALAIE GAOTEOTE

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MARK CROWLEY

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CAMERON BROWN

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MITCH RED

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JOSH PROCTOR

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LLOYD MCFARQUHAR

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BRADLEY ROBINSON

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TYLER FRIDAY

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MATT JONES

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RYAN SMITH

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HARRY MILLER

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DAWAND JONES

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JERRON CAGE

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NOAH RUGGLES

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MICHAEL O’SHAUGHNESSY

Notable players on the list include Ronnie Hickman, who announced Tuesday that he will declare for the NFL draft after this season, and Marcus Crowley and Harry Miller, who will both attend Senior Day even though they both retired from football during the offseason. . for medical reasons.

12:14 – Kick off

A few minutes after noon on Saturday, it will officially be wartime.

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