Exterior view in 2014
|Full name||Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center|
|Location||555 Borror Dr|
Columbus, OH 43210-1187
|Owner||The Ohio State University Department of Athletics|
|Operator||Columbus Arena Management|
|Broke ground||March 2, 1996|
|Opened||November 3, 1998|
|Construction cost||$110 million|
($176 million in 2018 dollars)
|Architect||Sink Combs Dethlefs|
|Structural engineer||Korda/Nemeth Engineering Inc.|
|General contractor||P.J. Dick, Inc.|
|Ohio State Buckeyes (NCAA)|
Men's basketball (1998-present)
Women's basketball (1998-present)
Men's ice hockey (1998-present)
Value City Arena is a multi-purpose arena, located on the campus of The Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio, United States. The arena opened in 1998 and is currently the largest by seating capacity in the Big Ten Conference, with 19,049 seats, which is reduced to 18,809 for Ohio State men's basketball games.
It is home to Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball, women's basketball and men's ice hockey teams. Previously, the basketball teams played at St. John Arena, while the ice hockey team played at the OSU Ice Arena. The facility is named the Jerome Schottenstein Center in honor of Jerome Schottenstein, of Columbus, late founder of Schottenstein Stores Corp. and lead benefactor of the project, while the seating bowl is named for Schottenstein's store Value City Furniture.
Prior to July 1, 2010, one of Value City Arena's major event competitors was the downtown Nationwide Arena, which opened in 2000 and is home to the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets. In May 2010, the Blue Jackets and OSU signed a one-year, annually renewable, agreement to turn over day-to-day operations and non-athletic event booking of Nationwide Arena to OSU, effective July 1, 2010. This agreement put both arenas under the same management and made the facilities sister venues. As part of the March 2012 sale of Nationwide Arena to the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority (FCCFA), the non-profit company Columbus Arena Management was created. The company, created by OSU, the Blue Jackets, the FCCFA and Columbus-based Nationwide Insurance, currently manages the day-to-day operations as well as budgeting and event bookings at both arenas.
The student section at men's basketball games is known as the Buckeye Nuthouse. From the time when the venue opened to the end of the 2009-2010 season, the students were seated behind the baskets. In response to the criticism for lacking the energy and gameday atmosphere seen in many other college basketball arenas, the athletic department reconfigured the student section in 2010 so that the students would then be seated behind the team benches allowing them to be visible on television broadcasts, as well as behind the basket that the opponent shoots at during the second half. In making this reconfiguration possible, 240 seats are tarped off behind the student section so that spectators seated behind the students could see the game without having to stand up, reducing its capacity to 18,809 during men's basketball games. To compensate for the revenue lost from the tarped-off seats, the student allotment was reduced from 2,000 to 1,400 tickets.
A 2016 ranking of toughest Big Ten Arenas to play in by ESPN put the venue #10 in the conference, citing its name as a contributing factor for not being tough. In 2014, a ranking of B10 conference arenas by the Chicago Tribune placed it at #11, and Scout.com put it at #99 overall out of 351 venues nationwide, behind Ohio University's Convocation Center, which was ranked #53, and the University of Dayton Arena, ranked at #28.Bleacher Report has called the arena too "generic" for the most expensive tickets in the conference, and The Gazette has opined it is "sterile", "cold", "devoid of charm", and lacks intimacy.