Puck Drop Countdown:
5th Annual First Responder Face-Off
Friends and co-workers on the streets, yet fierce competitors and opponents on the ice; the First Responder Face-Off® pits the Columbus Fire Department against the Columbus Police Department in the annual rivalry on ice. Up for grabs is the Buckeye Cup trophy and the bragging rights for the next year. These two teams leave it all out on the ice!
Proceeds from the event benefit the Hockey Helping Heroes® initiative of the First Responder Face-Off Foundation in support of First Responders and their families across Central Ohio.
Fans will enjoy interactive Fire & Police displays indoor on the Concourse and outdoors on the North Plaza – as well as a performance by the Columbus Police & Fire Pipes & Drums!
First Responder Face-Off tickets include admission to Ohio State vs Notre Dame at 5pm!
First Intermission – Chuck A Puck
Purchase your Chuck-A-Pucks at the First Responder Face-Off table located on the Northeast Concourse of the arena. The Chuck-A-Puck contest offers 5 opportunities to win with a $500 Grand Prize for landing in the center face-off circle.
Second Intermission – Shoot to Win
Register at the First Responder Face-Off Foundation table located on the Northeast Concourse as you enter the arena. Three lucky contestants will be drawn for their chance to shoot from center ice to the goal for $10,000!
In-Game Prizes & Giveaways
Look out above! Prize chutes drop Gift Cards and other surprises!
Outback Steakhouse Powerplay
If either team scores on a Powerplay, everyone goes home with a coupon for a FREE Bloomin Onion!
Updated Off-Duty Law Enforcement
Conceal Carry Policy
Off-duty, sworn law enforcement officials employed full-time by The Ohio State University Police Division, the City of Columbus Division of Police, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office or the Ohio State Highway Patrol, who are in compliance with all applicable legal requirements, are permitted to carry a concealed firearm on all university property located within the jurisdiction of their home agency.
All other law enforcement officers employed by state and local agencies within the State of Ohio are only permitted to carry concealed while off-duty in campus establishments that serve the public (e.g., Ohio Stadium, Schottenstein Center, Ohio Union).
Schottenstein Center off-duty law enforcement weapon check-in procedure
State and local officers employed by agencies within the State of Ohio will be required to check in with Law Enforcement at any gate prior to entering the Schottenstein Center and to follow all protocols and check-in procedures established by the university. Officers will be required to present their agency ID card and admission ticket at the gate.
Policy link: https://dps.osu.edu/concealed-carry
Seating for the First Responder Face-Off is General Admission. Seating for Ohio State vs Notre Dame is assigned seating for you and your group. Creating a group (ex: Columbus Fire Station 21) in the ticketing system will allow everyone that selects your group to be all seated together. This also allows us to better track departments and organizations for PA and videoboard welcome messages!