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Directions & Parking

TRAVEL ADVISORY:  The right southbound lane of Olentangy River Road (between Borror Drive and Argyll Street) will be closed for utility work through the end of January. The lane will be closed Monday through Friday from 9AM – 3:30PM and weekends from 7AM – 7PM.  Traffic delays are anticipated.

designated_driver.png Traffic Tip: Arrive Early!

Traffic and parking patterns vary from event to event.  Planning for alternate routes and parking options can make your experience more enjoyable.  Use the Ackerman Road EXIT to get to the Buckeye Lots where FREE shuttles run for most large events OR continue east on Ackerman to Olentangy River Road and turn right.  Additional alternates from Route 315 include Medical Center Drive, North Broadway or Kinnear Roads.  Consider entry westbound from I-71.  

Parking immediately around the Arena is limited. There are over 10,000 surface lot and garage parking spaces within a 10-minute walk of the Schottenstein Center.  Officers /parking staff may direct you to surrounding lots.  Guests are encouraged to use lots south of Lane Ave. near St. John Arena and Ohio Stadium just a 5 minute walk to the venue. 

Street Overview PARKING MAP

Shuttle InformationBuckeye Lot Shuttles

For events drawing large crowds (including men's basketball games), a complimentary shuttle picks up at the Buckeye Lots (off Ackerman Road) approximately two (2) hours prior to event start time dropping off at the Northeast rotunda. When shuttles are running, a complimentary ADA accessible shuttle bus also operates from the Buckeye Lots. To confirm that shuttles are running for a particular event, call (614) 688-3939. 

drop-off_pick-up.png Drop-Off/ Pick-Up locations

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Guests can be dropped-off before/ picked-up after an event on Borror Drive which runs along the North Side of the building. Drop-off/ Pick-up locations may vary depending on the event. 

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The Schottenstein Center exceeds ADA standards for the number of accessible parking spaces provided, however, for larger crowds, demand for accessible parking (you must have a state-issued disability-parking hangtag) may exceed the supply of available on-site spaces. If so, guests with disabilities are advised to park in the Buckeye Lots off Ackerman Road and take the accessible shuttle buses or para-transit vans. 

From the SOUTH (Cincinnati)

Take I-71 North to State Route 315 North. Follow SR 315 for approximately 5 miles. Take the Ackerman Road exit and turn right. Turn right on Fred Taylor Drive, or proceed straight ahead to Olentangy River Road and turn right.

From the NORTHEAST (Cleveland)

Take I-71 South to I-270 West. Take I-270 West for approximately 1 mile. Exit to State Route 315 South. Follow SR 315 for approximately 6 miles. Take the Ackerman Road exit and turn left at the light. Turn right on Fred Taylor Drive, or proceed straight ahead to Olentangy River Road and turn right.

From the NORTHWEST (Toledo)

Take I-75 South to Findlay. Exit at State Route 15 East, which becomes US Route 23 South to Columbus. Exit at I-270 West and follow for approximately 1 mile. Exit to State Route 315 South. Follow SR 315 for approximately 6 miles. Take the Ackerman Road exit and turn left at the light. Turn right on Fred Taylor Drive, or proceed straight ahead to Olentangy River Road and turn right.

From the EAST (Pittsburgh)

Take I-70 East to I-670 East to State Route 315 North. Follow SR 315 for approximately 5 miles. Take the Ackerman Road exit and turn right at the light. Turn right on Fred Taylor Drive, or proceed straight ahead to Olentangy River Road and turn right.