Travel Information

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You are responsible for the cost of campus parking on Friday, April 24, 2020. Traffic on Saturday, April 25, 2020, will be impacted by the Cap City Marathon. 

Cap City Half Marathon

The Capital City Half Marathon will take place on Saturday, April 25, from approximately 8 a.m. to noon. Several streets, including portions of Lane Avenue, High Street, Olentangy River Road and Neil Avenue, will be closed at various times. Campus will be accessible only from the west, via Lane Avenue to Fyffe Road to Woody Hayes Drive or northbound  State Route 315 to Med Center Drive. The Overnight and Weekend route will use Woodruff Avenue to College Road and will not service the Archer House and Taylor Tower bus stops. Riders in this area should use the Knowlton Hall and Fontana Lab bus stops. The Med Center Express will be rerouted via Woody Hayes Drive to Cannon Drive to Herrick Drive and will service the Carmack 2, Carmack 3, Carmack 5 and Herrick Hub bus stops. Major traffic and service delays are anticipated during this time.

To accommodate the race route, the Ohio Union North Garage will close from 8 a.m. until approximately noon on race day. Vehicles will not be able to enter or exit the garage during this time. Alternate parking will be available in the Ohio Union South Garage. Additional information can be found on the CampusParc website.

Ohio Health Capital City Half Marathon (13.1 miles)

OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon Ohio Health Quarter Marathon  Commit to be Fit 5K

Bus Parking

Parking for all buses is available in the north lot of the French Field House, accessible from the Lane Avenue entrance. Permits are not required for this event. 


Visitor Parking

Car parking is available at the French Field HouseSt. John Arena, and Stadium Lots at no charge. However, if vehicles are parked in clear violation of the regulations/laws (e.g. parking in fire lanes, disabled spots without a state-issued hangtag, etc.), ticketing and towing is possible. If this occurs, we cannot assume responsibility, “adjust” the ticket, or retrieve your vehicle.

You are encouraged to park in the surface lots for FREE. However, hourly garage parking is available but you will have to pay every time you exit the garage. View the University Parking Map below for more information. 


Dining Options

Potbelly Sandwich Shop (National Science Olympiad Sponsor)

Potbelly® Bag Lunches include a sandwich, classic potato chips, and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Sandwhich of choice features fresh lettuce and tomato. Each meal is $4.25 orders must be recieved no later than noon on Thursday, April 25.

Options Include:

  • Turkey Breast with Swiss Cheese
  • Smoked Ham with Swiss Cheese
  • Veggie (Veggie) Mushrooms, Cheddar Cheese, Lettuce & Tomato

* Mustard and Mayo on the side

To place an order, please contact Amanda Starr at or call 313-600-0672.

You may also fax your order to 313-447-2402

Order Form

On-Campus Dining

The Ohio Union

Designed to serve its diverse and changing student population, the Ohio Union locations cover everything from breakfast java to late night sandwiches and snacks. There’s something here for everyone’s taste.

Dining OptionLocationFriday HoursSaturday Hours
Express OH1739 North High Street7 a..m - 9 p.m.9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Union Market1739 North High Street10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sloopy's Diner1739 North High Street9 a.m. - 2 a.m.9 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Woody's Tavern1739 North High Street11 a.m. - 10 p.m.1 p.m. - 10 p.m.


Traditions Dining Halls

Our traditional dining venues provide the full range of great-tasting, wholesome, comfort food you crave. Plus, our Solutions station is exclusively dedicated to students with vegetarian/vegan preferences and gluten-free or other dietary restrictions. 

Breakfast is $7.00, lunch is $11.00, and dinner is $12.00.

Dining OptionLocationFriday HoursSaturday Hours
Traditions at Kennedy                    251 W. 12th Avenue7 a.m. - 8 p.m.                    10 a.m. - 8 p.m.                     
Traditions at Morrill1900 Cannon Drive7 a.m. - 8 p.m. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Traditions at ScottScott House 160 W. Woodruff Avenue    7 a.m. - 8 p.m.9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

10% Discount Coupon

The discount coupon is good at any Ohio State University Student Life Dining location.

Hotel Accommodations

Some hotels have provided room blocks for State Tournament participants and have been identified below. More hotel options will be added as confirmed. For a list of other local hotels in the campus area, visit the University Hospitality District website.

The Blackwell Inn

Reservations can be made either by calling the hotel at 614-247-4000. (Group code: Science Olympiad). Block cut off is March 25, 2020.

Courtyard Columbus OSU

Reservations can be made either by calling the hotel (614-453-4420) or by scheduling online here (Group code: Ohio Science Olympiad). Block cut off is March 25, 2020.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbus OSU

Reservations can be made by calling the hotel sales office at (614-267-1111) or by scheduling online here (Group code: OSU Science Olympiad 2020). Block cut-off date is March 26, 2020

SpringHill Suites Columbus OSU 

Reservations can be made either by calling the hotel (614-297-9912) or by scheduling online here (Group code: Science Olympiad). Block cut off is March 24, 2020.

Residence Inn by Marriott Columbus University Area 

Reservations can be made by scheduling online here, selecting Corporate/Promo/SET# under Special Rates and using the code: OSU.  Block cut-off date is March 25, 2020

Candlewood Suites Polaris

Reservations can be made either by calling the hotel (614-436-6600) or by scheduling online here (Group code: SOS).