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Ohio State Offering Free Tickets To Government Employees During Shutdown

A closeup of Ohio State's mascot during a basketball game.

BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: The Ohio State Buckeyes mascot and the South Dakota State Jackrabbits mascot perform during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

As the federal shutdown continues to leave thousands of workers unemployed across the country, the Ohio State athletic department has come up with an idea to help.

On Friday, Ohio State announced that it would be offering two free tickets to all upcoming games for basketball, ice hockey, wrestling, gymnastics, or lacrosse.

The offer may be redeemed only on the day of the event at the Athletic Ticket Office located in the northeast corner of the Schottenstein Center or at the ticket office at the event site, based on availability.

Federal government employees are limited to two complimentary tickets per event and must show a valid federal government ID. For more information, contact the Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-BUCKS.

The federal government is currently in shutdown, and is unlikely to be reopened until a new federal funding bill is passed.

The first game that will be available to fans is the Buckeyes' men's basketball game against No. 19 Maryland.

Ohio State is on a three-game losing streak, but will be returning to Value City Arena tonight for the first time in 13 days.

The Buckeyes will need to get a win in the Big Ten soon if they plan on competing for a spot in the NCAA tournament.