Family members of Ohio State players will be allowed into Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium next weekend.
Players were told Friday that they will receive six Big Ten Championship Game tickets they can distribute to family members and close friends, Eleven Warriors confirmed Saturday. Ohio State players previously received four tickets for their first two home games of the year. Family members and close friends of coaches will also be allowed into the stadium, per a team spokesman.
Members of the general public, however, will not be able to attend the game, per Lettermen Row's Austin Ward. That's a conference rule that hasn't changed the entire season and will not be altered for the Big Ten title game.
Families of Buckeyes players and coaches haven't been able to see the Buckeyes play in person since their third game of the year against Rutgers. The athletic department announced on Nov. 18 that all spectators – including family members – would be barred from attending games until at least Dec. 12. The decision was made in large part due to the stay-at-home advisory issued by the Columbus Department of Health in the middle of the week.
Ohio State planned to allow families of players – but not coaches – into the showdown with Michigan on Saturday, but the game was ultimately canceled.