From the SOUTH (Cincinnati)
Take I-71 North to State Route 315 North. Follow SR 315 to EXIT 5 Ackerman Road. Turn right onto Ackerman Road. Follow Ackerman to the next light and proceed right on Fred Taylor Drive.
From the NORTHEAST (Cleveland)
Take I-71 South to I-270 West. Take I-270 West for approximately 2.5 mile. Exit to State Route 315 South. Follow SR 315 for approximately 8 miles. Take EXIT 5 Ackerman Road and turn left at the light. Proceed under the bridge in the right lane and turn right on Fred Taylor Drive.
From the NORTHWEST (Toledo)
Take I-75 South to Findlay. Next take US-68 S/OH-15 East, which becomes US Route 23 South to Columbus. US 23 will transition to SR 315 near Delaware. Follow SR 315 for approximately 12 miles. Take the EXIT 5 Ackerman Road and turn left at the light. Proceed under the bridge in the right lane and turn right on Fred Taylor Drive.
From the EAST (Pittsburgh)
Take I-79 S to I-70 East. Proceed on I-70 E for 189 miles. Take EXIT 99C Rich St/Town St and proceed onto SR 315N. Follow SR 315 for approximately 5 miles to EXIT 5 Ackermand Road. Turn right onto Ackerman Road. Follow Ackerman to the next light and proceed right on Fred Taylor Drive.
Directions & Parking
Traffic and parking patterns also vary from event to event. Planning for alternate routes and parking options can make for a better experience. Use the Ackerman Road EXIT to get to the Buckeye Lots OR continue east on Ackerman to Olentangy River Road. Additional alternates from Route 315 include Medical Center Drive, North Broadway or Kinnear Roads. Consider entry westbound from I-71.
ALERT: TRAFFIC DELAYS ARE ANTICIPATED!
Lane restrictions are in place for City of Columbus infrastructure work and Olentangy River Road has been reduced to one lane in each direction near Lane Avenue. We encourage you to allow extra time for your arrival now until May when work is estimated to be completed.
Parking immediately around the arena is available and there are over 10,000 surface and garage spaces within a short walk. Officers or staff may direct you to surrounding lots including: lots south of Lane Ave. near St. John Arena and Ohio Stadium.
There is a parking charge for most events. Rates vary so be sure to check the website event page a few days ahead of time. Ticketholders should receive a KNOW BEFORE YOU GO alert. All lots are cashless - credit/ debit cards and smartphone payments ONLY are accepted. Parking lots typically open 2 hours prior to doors opening for an event.
Shuttles run for some events. Paratransit vans will run.
Within Walking Distance PARKING MAP
CLICK HERE - concert/ special event GENERAL PARKING MAP
CLICK HERE - Men's Ice Hockey PARKING MAP
CLICK HERE - Women's Basketball PARKING MAP
CLICK HERE - Men's Basketball PARKING MAP
Drop-Off/ Pick-Up locations (may vary per event). Guests can be dropped-off before an event via personal vehicle, Uber, Lyft or other Rideshare services along Borror Drive which runs along the North Side of the building. Guests that need special accomodations should speak with a uniformed traffic control team member. Post-event go to the rideshare mobile app and select: Schottenstein Center. You will be directed to the closest available pick-up area which may be just down Lane Avenue next to St. John Arena.
For Rideshare needs on-site at an event – ask the Guest Services Staff at Seating Section 127 for assistance.
Disability Parking is located in the Scarlet Lots along Borror Drive, adjacent to The Schottenstein Center. You must display a state-issued disability-parking hangtag*.
We exceed ADA standards in the terms of the number of accessible parking spaces. We understand proximity is a key to a positive experience with parking, so plan to arrive early. If Scarlet Lot spaces fill, additional ADA spaces in the Buckeye Lots off Ackerman Road may be available. A dedicated wheelchair accessible shuttle will bring you directly to and from the arena doors. When Buckeye Lot shuttles are operating, the ADA shuttle will run 2 hours prior to the event until 30 minutes after the event concludes.
*A current state issued disability placard (from any state), along with registration, and the person who owns the placard must be in the vehicle to enter the disability parking lots.
You may be dropped off or picked up on Borror Drive. Let the police officer or Traffic team know that you would like to make a drop off, and we will direct you.