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Ground was broken April 2, 1996 for The Jerome Schottenstein Center - a commitment to excellence by The Ohio State University Department of Athletics to state of the art facilities for student-athletes, coaches and fans. The "Schott" opened its doors November 3, 1998 for a Men’s basketball game. The Schottenstein Center 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.
Unique to the Center are the six terazzo floorscapes. The John Havelicek floorscape in the SW rotunda features the only non-scarlet and gray (blue) terrazzo on the opponent’s jersey. The basketball in Havlicek’s hand is over 13 feet in diameter. A starter from 1960-1962, Havelicek accumulated a record of 78-6, played in three-consecutive Final Fours, the 1960 National Championship team and was a 1962 All-American. After his Ohio State career, he played for the Boston Celtics and was named to the NBA Hall of Fame.
Located just inside the NE Rotunda, the Fred Taylor Room was the result of a generous donation from many of the players who played under Fred at Ohio State. As basketball Coach from 1959-1976, Fred Taylor earned a record 297 wins and 7 Big Ten Championships. Five teams earned NCAA berths and four teams advanced to the Final Four (1960 - National Champions, '61, '62 and '68). A Buckeye tree on the wall bears the names of all the men who played for him.
- 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
- 225...number of 4' x 8' wooden floor pieces in the Buckeye's home court
- Interesting specs … showerheads in the Buckeye Basketball locker rooms are 9.5 feet high.
- One of the designers of the Schottenstein Center Curt Moody (Moody/Nolan Ltd.), was a walk-on OSU basketball player, lettering in 1971, '72 and '73.