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Ground was broken April 2, 1996 for The Jerome Schottenstein Center - a testament to the vision of The Ohio State University Department of Athletics to provide modern, state of the art facilities for student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans - a commitment to excellence. The Center officially opened its doors on November 3, 1998 for a Men’s basketball game. The Schottenstein Center, first and foremost, is the home of the Buckeyes - the Ohio State Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams and Men’s Ice Hockey. The 770,000 square foot multipurpose venue seats 17,500 for hockey, 19,500 for basketball and up to 20,000+ for concerts. It is the largest arena in the Big Ten Conference.
The private Athletic team complex boasts a full service training room, weight room, and laundry. A unique feature of the Center is the six terazzo floorscapes. The hockey terrazzo located in the NW rotunda is the only floorscape that faces outward. The stick and puck extend down the hallway. The player’s face is Benji Wolke (1998), the stick depicted belongs to Perry Pooley (1984 All-American and 1984 Academic All-American) and the body is a composite of players from the 1980-1982 teams.
Men’s Ice Hockey became a varsity sport in 1963-1964; it advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four in 1998.
3 ½ hours... approximately how long it takes to convert from basketball to hockey; 4 ½ hours ...approximately how long it takes to be converted from hockey to basketball
How ice is made … The cement floor houses a cooling system, comprised of over 12 miles of pipes, enabling a crew to make and maintain an ice rink. The ice takes 3 full days to build by hand-spraying very thin layers of water, actually a mist. It takes over 40 layers to make ¾” of ice. The final ¼” is built using the Zamboni. After about 6 layers of ice, white tempura powder is mixed into the water to make the white rink (2-3 layers worth), two more layers of water are sprayed to seal the white. Then, a huge template is used to chalk the logo and hockey markings which are hand painted with tempura paint. The paint never dries--it just freezes. The ice is then built up to its final thickness of 1”.
The ice sheet is covered with 4’x4’ polar floor (insulating) pieces for special events. Many people are surprised to learn that the ice is usually left in for the entire hockey season--October through March except for Monster Trucks and the Ohio High School Athletic Association Wrestling Championships. For basketball the polar floor is then covered by 4’x8’ hardwood pieces of the court that hook together like a giant puzzle. Removing the ice for the season takes approximately two days. The floor is heated up until the ice begins to melt ,then Bobcats are used to chop up the ice which is pushed into large pits and hot water is added to complete the melting.
There are no upcoming games at this time.