The Buckeye Invitational

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Buckeye Invitational Update | August 13, 2020

Due to the university’s in-person gathering restriction for the fall, we will be unable to host the 2020 Buckeye Invitational in person. While we are disappointed that we will not have the opportunity to see your bands live in Ohio Stadium this year, we are currently working on crafting a meaningful virtual experience for students and directors.  More information will be coming in the weeks ahead.  We wish all of you the best, whatever your circumstances might be for the fall semester and we look forward to returning to Ohio Stadium in 2021!

Please feel free to submit any questions you might have to Phil Day at day.404@osu.edu.


The Buckeye Invitational is a high school band competition sponsored by the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA). It is hosted by The Ohio State University Marching Band and takes place in historic Ohio Stadium, and it is open to any high school band in the United States. The 2020 Buckeye Invitational will take place on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

Tickets will go on sale in the summer through the Ohio State University Marching Band Store. Tickets cost $15 in advance and can be picked up at Ohio Stadium will call on the day of the event.

Bands who compete will be adjudicated by OMEA adjudicators. Bands who perform in festival class will receive feedback from outstanding musicians and teachers from around the region.

  • Bags, cameras, umbrellas, strollers, and seat backs (that do not attach to the bleachers) are permitted into the stadium
  • No animals (unless service animals) are permitted into the stadium
  • NO FOOD OR BEVERAGE WILL BE PERMITTED INTO THE STADIUM

Driving Directions to Ohio Stadium (The Shoe)

411 Woody Hayes Drive | Columbus, Ohio 43210

From the North – Take I-71 South to 270 West to SR 315 South. Exit at Lane Avenue and turn left. Turn right onto Fyffe Road. Turn left onto Woody Hayes Drive. Ohio Stadium will be on your right once you cross the bridge.

From the South – Take I-71 North to SR 315 North to Worthington. Exit at Lane Avenue and turn right. Turn right onto Fyffe Road. Turn left onto Woody Hayes Drive. Ohio Stadium will be on your right once you cross the bridge.

From the East (Airport) – Take I-70 West to SR 315 North to Worthington. Exit at Lane Avenue and turn right. Turn right onto Fyffe Road. Turn left onto Woody Hayes Drive. Ohio Stadium will be on your right once you cross the bridge.

From the West – Take I-70 East to SR 315 North to Worthington. Exit at Lane Avenue and turn right. Turn right onto Fyffe Road. Turn left onto Woody Hayes Drive. Ohio Stadium will be on your right once you cross the bridge.