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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.  

Parking immediately around the arena is available and there are over 10,000 surface and garage spaces within a short walk.  Within Walking Distance PARKING MAP

There is a parking charge for most events.  Ticketholders will receive a KNOW BEFORE YOU GO alert.  All lots are cashless - credit/ debit cards and smartphone payments ONLY accepted.  Parking lots typically open 2 hours prior to doors for an event.

You may be directed to surrounding lots including south of Lane Ave. near St. John Arena and Ohio Stadium.  Shuttles and Paratransit vans will run for SOME events.

CLICK HERE for Men's Basketball parking map
CLICK HERE for Women's Basketball parking map
CLICK HERE for Men's Ice Hockey parking map


CLICK HERE to pre-purchase your PARKING.
Concert/ special event GENERAL 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 Rideshare services along Borror Drive (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 at an event – ask the Guest Services Staff at Seating Section 127.

Accessibility Thumbnail Accessible Parking

DISABILITY PARKING is located in the Scarlet Lots along Borror Drive, adjacent to The Schottenstein Center. You must display a state-issued (any state) disability-parking hangtag and registration; the person who owns the placard must be in the vehicle to enter disability lots. 

We exceed ADA standards in the terms of the number of accessible parking spaces. 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.

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.

RIDESHARE NOTE: For some events, a geofence will be enabled within the rideshare service app directing guests be picked up at St. John Arena. The geofence enables assistance with traffic flow and rider safety. This location may be challenging for guests with limited mobility. If you have a mobility concern and are in need of rideshare services, we recommend:

  1. Place your order within the rideshare app like normal at the designated location. For Lyft users, you may be able to manually adjust the pick-up location back to Borror Drive by dragging the pin with your finger.
  2. If you are unable to adjust the pick-up location and have placed an order, you can contact your rideshare service driver through the app and inform them that you have limited mobility and would like to be picked up on Borror Drive.
  3. If you have having issues ordering a ride - reach out to a Guest Services staff member for assistance.