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Ohio State to offer free tickets to federal employees during shutdown

Federal employees must show valid ID on day of the event for the tickets.

NCAA Basketball: Michigan State at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

On Friday, the Ohio State University Athletic Department announced that beginning with OSU’s men’s basketball game against Maryland later that night, they would be giving all federal government employees two free tickets to all Ohio State athletic events, including men’s and women’s basketball, men’s hockey, wrestling, women’s gymnastics, and men’s lacrosse. This offer will continue throughout the duration of the federal government shutdown.

According to an OSU press release, the offer can only be redeemed on the day of the event, and tickets should be claimed at the Schottenstein Center box office, or at the ticket office of the specific event venue. Federal employees must show a valid government ID to receive their two complimentary tickets.

As of Jan. 18, the partial federal government shutdown has reached 28 days.

The Ohio State Buckeyes basketball team will tip off against the Maryland Terrapins on Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET at the Value City Arena, and the game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.