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OHSAA Track & Field State Tournament Notes

May 25, 2018
NEWS RELEASE – Ohio High School Athletic Association
Executive Director Daniel B. Ross, Ph.D.
 
 
For Immediate Release – May 25, 2018
Contact – Tim Stried, Director of Communications, tstried@ohsaa.org
 
OHSAA Track & Field State Tournament Notes
Important reminders for media, participants and fans regarding next week’s state track meet
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The annual Ohio High School Athletic Association’s state track and field meet is one week away and the OHSAA has several important reminders for media, participants and fans. The OHSAA state meet is one of the largest high school track meets in the country, with approximately 14,000 fans attending the competition both days to watch more than 1,900 student-athletes represent their schools.
 
Since 2004, the state meet has been held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at The Ohio State University. The event was first held at Denison University in 1908, then at Ohio Wesleyan University from 1909-1923, and then at Ohio Stadium from 1924-1998. When the track was removed from Ohio Stadium in 1999, the state meet was held at Dayton Welcome Stadium from 1999-2003.
 
Attention Fans:
Tickets are $10 each at the gate per day. Children under 3 years of age are not required to have a ticket. The bleachers on the east side of the stadium have been removed due to construction at the nearby Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Please see additional important announcements below.
 
This Week’s Regional Tournaments:
 
State Tournament Information:
 
OHSAA State Tournament Media Credential Information: http://ohsaa.org/news/credentials
 
Media Update: All media work space at the state track meet is now located in the OSU softball stadium complex. The main work area is inside the indoor batting cages on the third base side. The softball press box is also available.
 
 
2018 OHSAA State Track and Field Championships
 
State Meet Traffic Advisory
NEW IN 2018: Guests coming to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the state track and field meet should use State Route 315 and either the Ackerman Road exit or the Lane Avenue exit. For reference, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium is located at 2450 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio. Please follow the direction of the traffic & parking attendants for the nearest available parking. 
 
Facility Layout and Parking Map
 
Participant Drop Off and School Vehicle Parking
For state qualifying participant drop-off, only vehicles marked as “School Transportation” will be permitted to enter the parking lot south of the stadium to drop off state qualifiers and coaches. AFTER DROP-OFF, ALL SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION VEHICLES MUST PARK IN THE LOT BESIDE THE OSU BASEBALL STADIUM.
 
East Side Spectator Seating Note
Due to construction at OSU’s Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the bleacher seating on the east side of the stadium has been removed. Fans watching the long jump will have access to bleachers south of the east side straight-away, which is indicated by No. 19 on the facility map linked above.
 
New Building Construction in Area
There are multiple construction projects taking place in the surrounding area of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.  Team camp sites, access roads and parking lots may have changed since your last visit.  Please familiarize yourself with the parking map & facility diagram and follow the instruction of the traffic officers, parking attendants and event staff.
 
Stadium Open May 31 from 4:00 to 6:00
Only the track at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium (not the shot put or discus areas) will be open from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, for state qualifiers to visit. No implements (including batons, hurdles, starter blocks, shot puts, discus, etc.) are permitted. The facility will not open until exactly 4 p.m. and will close promptly at 6 p.m. On Thursday, ALL VEHICLES must pay the automatic teller machines for the hourly rate. Parking is free on Friday and Saturday.
 
Spike Regulation
Only pyramid spikes no longer than 1/4" are permitted. Needle spikes and Christmas tree spikes are not permitted. The clerks will be checking spike length just before the races and at check-in. If a competitor is in violation of this rule, he/she will not be allowed to participate.
 
RV Parking – FEES APPLY
RVs are permitted to park in the Buckeye Lot #2, which is located just north of the shot put and discus areas (west of Fred Taylor Drive). RVs that arrive on Thursday must use the pay-to-park and purchase three parking spaces (http://parkmobile.io) Parking is free beginning Friday morning in designated lots.
 
Temporary Tents Not Permitted in Pole Vault Area
Temporary tents are not permitted in the pole vault area at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
 
Coach Infield Passes for Pole Vault, High Jump and Long Jump
Schools that have a state qualifier in pole vault, high jump or long jump will receive one infield pass for a coach. Only one pass is given per school. The passes are specific for event, division and gender and are valid only when those competitions are being held.
 
 
 
Tim Stried
Director of Communications
Ohio High School Athletic Association
614-267-2502, ext. 124  office
614-267-1677  fax
4080 Roselea Place
Columbus, OH 43214