Value City Arena
Exterior view in 2014
|Full name||Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center|
|Location||555 Borror Drive
Columbus, OH 43210
|Owner||The Ohio State University|
Columbus Arena Management
Ice Hockey: 17,500
|Broke ground||March 2, 1996|
|Opened||November 3, 1998|
($159 million in 2014 dollars)
|Architect||Sink Combs Dethlefs
|Structural engineer||Korda/Nemeth Engineering Inc.|
|General contractor||P.J. Dick, Inc.|
|Ohio State Buckeyes
men's basketball (1998–present)
women's basketball (1998–present)
men's ice hockey (1998–present)
The Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center is a multi-purpose arena, located on the campus of The Ohio State University, in Columbus. It was the main sports, music, and entertainment arena in the Columbus, Ohio metropolitan area until Nationwide Arena opened in 2000.
It is home to Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball, women's basketball and men's ice hockey teams. Previously, the basketball teams played at St. John Arena, while the ice hockey team played at the OSU Ice Arena. The arena is named for Jerome Schottenstein, of Columbus, late founder of Schottenstein Stores Corp. and lead benefactor of the project.
Ohio State ranked 8th in the nation in average attendance (16,511) for the 2011–12 season.
Relationship to Nationwide Arena
Prior to July 1, 2010, one of Value City Arena's major event competitors was the downtown Nationwide Arena, which opened in 2000 and is home to the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets. In May 2010, the Blue Jackets and OSU signed a one-year, annually renewable, agreement to turn over day-to-day operations and non-athletic event booking of Nationwide Arena to OSU, effective July 1, 2010. This agreement puts both arenas under the same management and makes the facilities sister venues. As part of the March 2012 sale of Nationwide Arena to the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority (FCCFA), the non-profit company Columbus Arena Management was created. The company, created by OSU, the Blue Jackets, the FCCFA and Columbus-based Nationwide Insurance, currently manages the day-to-day operations as well as all event bookings in both arenas.
The student section at men's basketball games is known as the Buckeye Nuthouse. From the time when the venue opened to the end of the 2009-2010 season, the students were seated behind the baskets. In response to the criticism for lacking the energy and gameday atmosphere seen in many other college basketball arenas, the athletic department reconfigured the student section in 2010 so that the students would then be seated behind the team benches allowing them to be visible on television broadcasts, as well as behind the basket that the opponent shoots at during the second half. In making this reconfiguration possible, 240 seats are tarped off behind the student section so that spectators seated behind the students could see the game without having to stand up, reducing its capacity to 18,809 during men's basketball games. To compensate for the revenue lost from the tarped-off seats, the student allotment was reduced from 2,000 to 1,400 tickets.
- Jeopardy! College Championship - November 2002 
- NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship - 2005
- The music video for Carrie Underwood's 2010 hit "Undo It" was filmed at the arena.
- Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center Emporis
- Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
- The Jerome Schottenstein Center - John H. Herrick Archives
- "History". Jerome Schottenstein Center. 2009. Retrieved October 28, 2009.
- Jurich, Jami (May 16, 2010). "OSU to Manage Schott, Nationwide; Ticket Prices Likely to Fall". The Lantern (The Ohio State University). Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
- Blue Jackets pleased with arena oversight by Ohio State-led group.
- Rabinowitz, Bill (February 15, 2011). "Value City Arena: A True Nuthouse". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved February 15, 2011.
- Cook, Liz (September 24, 2002). "Jeopardy! Comes to the Ohio State Campus". The Ohio State University. Retrieved December 22, 2011.
- Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center
|Host of the Jeopardy! College Championship
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