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OHSAA State Tournament Notes and Where to Watch & Listen

May 30, 2019
NEWS RELEASE – Ohio High School Athletic Association
Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass
For Immediate Release – May 30, 2019
Contact – Tim Stried, Director of Communications, [email protected]
OHSAA State Tournament Notes and Where to Watch & Listen
Important reminders for media, participants and fans regarding the state track meet
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In addition to important reminders regarding this weekend’s Ohio High School Athletic Association state track and field championships, the OHSAA has information regarding how fans can watch and listen to the track, softball and lacrosse state tournaments, as well as next weekend’s baseball state tournament.
For state tournament schedule updates and weather delays, please check the OHSAA’s twitter account at https://twitter.com/OHSAASports
With construction and new buildings around Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, track and field state tournament participants have a new drop-off and parking procedure. Please see below for those details.
OHSAA Spring Championships – Streaming Online LIVE
The OHSAA is streaming all upcoming Spring Championships LIVE online. Subscription price and links per sport are outlined below. Please visit individual sport pages for more information.
      OHSAA State Softball Championships (May 30 – June 1, 2019) – Akron Firestone Stadium
      Subscription price - $9.99 per game - Free for Spectrum Subscribers
      OHSAA State Track and Field Championships (May 31 – June 1, 2019) – Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
      Subscription price - $14.99 per day - Free for Spectrum Subscribers
      OHSAA State Lacrosse Championships (June 1, 2019) – Selby Stadium, Ohio Wesleyan University
      Subscription price - $9.99 per game - Free for Spectrum Subscribers
      OHSAA State Baseball Championships (June 7-9, 2019) – Canal Park
      Subscription price - $9.99 per game - Free for Spectrum Subscribers
State Track & Field Championships Announcements
State Meet Traffic & Parking Information
Guests coming to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the state track and field meet should use State Route 315 and exit at Ackerman Road. 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. 
RVs that arrive on Thursday must use the pay-to-park and purchase three parking spaces () Parking is free beginning Friday morning in designated lots.
  • Participant Drop Off and School Vehicle Parking.  For state qualifying participant drop-off, buses and school transportation vehicles will be allowed to drop-off athletes along Irving Schottenstein Drive.  Please access this road from Olentangy River Road.
    • Buses – will be permitted to remain parked along Irving Schottenstein Drive.  Overflow parking will be along Jack Nicklaus Drive.  Please follow the directions provided by the traffic & parking attendants.
    • School Transportation Vehicles – will be permitted to drop off along Irving Schottenstein Drive and directed to park in the gray lots, south of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium (see on parking map).
Tickets are $10 each at the gate per day. Children under 3 years of age are not required to have a ticket.
New Building Construction in Area
There have been 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 30 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.
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 and High Jump
Schools that have a state qualifier in pole vault or high 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.
The OHSAA Track and Field State Championships Through the Years
The OHSAA track and field 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 in 1909. From 1910-1923, it was held at Ohio Field on the Ohio State University campus before moving to new Ohio Stadium in 1924. The championships remained there through 1998, except in 1970 when campus unrest at OSU caused the meets to move to Upper Arlington High School for the Class A state meet and Gahanna Lincoln for the Class AA state meet. When the track was removed from Ohio Stadium in 1999, the state meet was held at Dayton Welcome Stadium from 1999-2003.
OHSAA Radio Network to Broadcast Softball and Baseball State Tournaments
The OHSAA Radio Network will broadcast every game from the softball and baseball state tournaments. Every game is also available on the OHSAA Radio Network page at: https://www.ohsaa.org/news/radio
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

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