Through a university press release this afternoon director of athletics Gene Smith announced that Ohio State will begin a pilot program selling beer and wine in the 81 suites and 2,700 club seats in Ohio Stadium. Those areas contain 4,370 total seats.
This mirrors the setup for Ohio State men's and women's basketball and hockey games at The Schottenstein Center where alcohol has been available for purchase to the suites and club seats since the building opened in 1998.
Sales of alcohol at Ohio Stadium will be cut off with five minutes left in the third quarter.
"The safety and well-being of our campus community is our first priority and the university will carefully monitor and assess the pilot program throughout the season," Smith said.
Alcohol was available at concerts held at Ohio Stadium this summer as well as the Cleveland Browns Scrimmage and the university gathered reports from Levy Restaurants, OSU's concession vendor, after each of those events.
Exactly which brands of beer and wine will be available and how much they will cost has not been announced, though Smith said that local breweries will be a factor.