Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center is the home of the Ohio State Buckeyes men’s and women’s basketball teams as well as the Ohio State Buckeyes men’s hockey team. The arena is the largest in the Big Ten with a capacity of 19,049. However, that capacity is reduced to 18,809 for men’s basketball games and 17,500 for hockey games.
Since opening in 1998, Value City Arena has yet to undergo any significant renovations.
Over the years, Value City Arena has hosted several major events in addition to being the home of the Ohio State Buckeyes. In November of 2002, the arena hosted the Jeopardy! College Championship. A few years later, in 2005, Value City Arena was the site of the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championships. The arena also appears in Carrie Underwood’s 2010 hit “Undo It” and was the site of a Cleveland Cavaliers preseason game in 2016.
Ohio Stadium, or The Horseshoe as Buckeyes fans know it, has been the home of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team since 1922 when it was built to replace Ohio Field, which the program had outgrown. The stadium was designed by Ohio State graduate Howard Dwight Smith and held a capacity of 66,210 when it opened. Today Ohio Stadium is home to over 100,000 Buckeyes fans on game day and is the third-largest stadium in college football.
To transform Ohio Stadium into the 104,944 seat behemoth it is today, the stadium had to undergo several renovations and expansions. Over time minor updates to The Horseshoe raised its capacity to over 90,000 and in 1984 the stadium added a new $2.1 million scoreboard. Ohio Stadium was heavily renovated from 1998 to 2001. During this renovation the track around the field was removed, the press box was replaced, and a new 90 ft by 30 ft videoboard was added to the south end zone. This renovation also added approximately 12,000 seats including 81 luxury boxes and 2,500 club seats. Most recently in 2014 2,500 seats were added to south stand over the entrance tunnel raising the capacity to 104,944.
In 1974 Ohio Stadium was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, which is quite fitting because the stadium has been the site of many historical events. Ohio Stadium was the site of five of the Ohio State-Michigan games that took place during the Ten Year War between the two schools, which lasted from 1969 to 1978. Ohio Stadium also set the record for the largest crowd to ever attend a spring game when 95,722 fans attended the 2009 Buckeyes spring game. Additionally, The Horseshoe served as the home of MLS’s Columbus Crew from 1996 to 1998.