Value City Arena

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Value City Arena
The Schott
Schottenstein Center.jpg
Exterior view in 2014
Full name Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center
Location 555 Borror Drive
Columbus, OH 43210
Coordinates 40°00′27″N 83°01′30″W / 40.007511°N 83.025102°W / 40.007511; -83.025102Coordinates: 40°00′27″N 83°01′30″W / 40.007511°N 83.025102°W / 40.007511; -83.025102
Owner Ohio State University
Operator Columbus Arena Management
Capacity Basketball:
19,049 (2006–present; reduced to 18,809 for OSU men's basketball games since 2010)
19,200 (2000–06)
19,500 (1998–2000)
Ice hockey: 17,500
Concerts: 20,000
Surface Multi-surface
Broke ground March 2, 1996
Opened November 3, 1998 (1998-11-03)
Construction cost $110,105,869[1]
($160 million in 2016 dollars[2])
Architect Sink Combs Dethlefs
Moody Nolan
Project manager Gilbane
Structural engineer Korda/Nemeth Engineering Inc.
General contractor P.J. Dick, Inc.[3]
Ohio State Buckeyes (NCAA)
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 Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio, United States. It was the main sports, music, and entertainment arena in the Columbus, Ohio metropolitan area until Nationwide Arena opened in 2000. The arena opened in 1998 and is currently the largest by seating capacity in the Big Ten Conference, with 19,049 seats, which is reduced to 18,809 for Ohio State men's basketball games.[4]

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 facility is named for Jerome Schottenstein, of Columbus, late founder of Schottenstein Stores Corp. and lead benefactor of the project, while the seating bowl is named for Schottenstein's store Value City Furniture.

Relationship to Nationwide Arena[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6]

Buckeye Nuthouse[edit]

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.[7]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center Emporis
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved November 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ The Jerome Schottenstein Center - John H. Herrick Archives
  4. ^ "History". Jerome Schottenstein Center. 2009. Retrieved October 28, 2009. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Blue Jackets pleased with arena oversight by Ohio State-led group.
  7. ^ Rabinowitz, Bill (February 15, 2011). "Value City Arena: A True Nuthouse". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved February 15, 2011. 
  8. ^ Cook, Liz (September 24, 2002). "Jeopardy! Comes to the Ohio State Campus". The Ohio State University. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  9. ^ Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center

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Preceded by
Pauley Pavilion
Host of the Jeopardy! College Championship
Succeeded by
Payne Whitney Gymnasium
Preceded by
Boston, Massachusetts
Host of the
Frozen Four

Succeeded by
Bradley Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin