2022 ICMA Conference Columbus/Franklin County
September 17-21, 2022



Ohio State Football Experience
Saturday, September 17, 2022 

VIP Ohio State Buckeye Football Tailgate Experience
Location: The O on Lane, 352 W. Lane Avenue
Time: 1:00 PM Departure. Transportation will be provided to/from the event from ICMA Conference Hotels. 
Cost: $30 VIP Tailgate Experience Tickets - (This is not included in your conference registration price.)

Tailgating at an Ohio State Buckeye game is almost as great as going to the game itself. Crazed Buckeye football fans decked in scarlet and grey arrive in droves and are some of the most dedicated fans in all of NCAA football. There are many options when it comes to tailgating spots. ICMA attendees, however, are invited to the best tailgate party near OSU for fun, food, live entertainment and large screens before and during the game. ICMA attendees will enjoy reserved seating in a covered area, catered lunch buffet and beverages. The VIP area and experience will be available until 5 pm but guests can remain at the tailgate through gametime. The O on Lane also features indoor bars, wood fired pizzas, multiple outdoor bars and food trucks available to all tailgaters. 


Pro Tip #1: The Tradition … FREE Skull Session
Location: St. John Arena, 410 Woody Hayes Drive
Time: Begins approximately 3:45 pm
Cost: Free

Skull Session originally served as a final music rehearsal for the band prior to their performance on the field, but has evolved into one of the most anticipated game day traditions at The Ohio State University. The band marches over to St. John two hours and twenty minutes before kickoff and bursts into the arena to the sound of the ramp cadences. After a few short cheers from each section, the band takes their seats to play “Fanfare for a New Era” as the football team arrives. Coach Ryan Day and one of the players each speak briefly to the fans before they depart for the locker rooms. The band then performs a final musical run-through of its pregame and halftime shows, previewing the exciting soundtrack the band will be providing in The ‘Shoe that day. Before exiting St. John, the band strikes up “Across the Field” one more time to hype up the fans as they go to cheer on the Buckeyes. Doors to St. John Arena open four hours prior to kickoff. The event is free, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. 


Ohio State Buckeyes v Toledo Rockets
Location: Ohio Stadium at The Ohio State University, 411 Woody Hayes Drive 
Time: 7:00 PM Kickoff
Cost: Prices vary; tickets purchased directly from Ohio State or TicketMaster (This is not included in your conference registration price.)

 A block of tickets for ICMA Conference Attendees is expected to be available on or near August 1. However, tickets for the game can be purchased directly from verified ticket resalers here: https://www.ticketmaster.com/ohio-state-buckeyes-football-vs-toledo-columbus-ohio-09-17-2022/event/05005C5C095B6C97?brand=osubuckeyes Prices vary. ICMA attendees can purchase football tickets directly; they are not available through ICMA.

 Ohio Stadium is one of the most recognizable landmarks in all of college athletics. With its present seating capacity of 102,780, Ohio Stadium is the fourth-largest on-campus facility in the nation. Since the opening game in 1922, more than 36 million fans have streamed through the stadium’s portals. While at the game, fans not only get to see great football, they are entertained by the marching band as well. The Ohio State Marching Bands’ performance is an impressive combination of choreographed formations and music. Complete story here: 

What makes going to an Ohio State college football game in Columbus a unique game-day experience - CBSSports.com

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Saturday Night Welcome Reception
Saturday, September 17, 2022 
Sponsored by the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation and the City of Dublin

Location: National Veterans Memorial and Museum, 300 W. Broad Street, Downtown Columbus
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Transportation: Transportation will be provided to/from the event from ICMA conference hotels beginning at approximately 4:45 pm
Tickets: $35

Join your friends and colleagues at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum as ICMA welcomes attendees to the 2022 ICMA Annual Conference in Columbus/Franklin County Ohio. Throughout the museum and on the beautiful roof-top, guests will enjoy open bars, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and one of the most spectacular skyline views of Columbus. The museum honors military veterans from all eras and all branches with an emphasis on personal experiences. In addition to the museum’s permanent exhibits, guests will view an international digital display of fellow ICMA members who once served their countries and are now serving their communities. The reception will culminate on the rooftop with a champagne “Toast to Service” in recognition of community, public and military service.

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum takes visitors on a narrative journey telling individual stories and shared experiences of veterans throughout history. The idea of building a veterans' museum originated with the late astronaut and Ohio Senator John Glenn. Construction on the “Veterans Memorial Museum” began in 2015, and in June 2018, an act of Congress designated the unopened museum as the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. The NVMM is the first national museum to receive this distinction without first opening its doors to the public. By the time the NVMM opened in October 2018, Architectural Digest had already hailed it as one of the most anticipated buildings of 2018. 


National Veterans Memorial and Museum, Columbus, Ohio -  aerial view - Credit Aerial Image Solutions

Photo credit Aerial Image Solutions

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Sunday Opening Ceremony

Greater Columbus Convention Center
Sunday, September 18, 2022 
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Note the new starting time of 2:30 pm.

This year’s Opening Ceremony promises to blend the best of traditions, fresh perspectives and a showcase of local talent – including local government employees from central Ohio, Columbus and Franklin County. 

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COSI (Center of Science and Industry) and Dorrian Green, Columbus, Ohio

Photo credit Infinite Impact

Tuesday Night Networking Event
Tuesday, September 20, 2022     
Sponsored by Cigna and The Jefferson Health Plan

COSI - Center of Science & Industry
333 W. Broad Street, Downtown Columbus           
Time: 6:00 PM– 10:00 PM
Transportation: Transportation will be provided to/from the event from ICMA Conference Hotels.
Tickets: $45

Join fellow ICMA attendees at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) for a networking event featuring interactive exhibits, fun entertainment, a delicious menu of heavy hors d’ oeuvres, creative cocktails and beverages and much more!

COSI is a nationally esteemed science center that has delighted Central Ohio with all things science for 58 years, inspiring interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics and delivering our experiential, "hands-on fun" brand of learning. COSI is an essential element of our community, engaging more than one million people annually through onsite, offsite, and online experiences. COSI brings science to life through 300+ interactive experiences, nine galleries featuring world class traveling and permanent exhibitions, explosive live shows and a Planetarium. Whether a trusted educational resource, a cherished local tradition, or a critical player in downtown revitalization, COSI is an integral part of our community. In pursuit of our vision to engage, inspire, and transform lives, we serve as a beacon of accessible STEM learning for all.