Facility Photo Series
Bill Davis Stadium (Facility Page)
From 1966-1997, the Ohio State baseball team played on Trautman Field, which was located west of the Olentangy River and would have been situated just south of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Fitting a capacity 1,500, Trautman Field's dimensions were 340-355-370-355-340 and in 1991 played host to the Big Ten tournament.
In 1997, thanks to the love, kindness and benevolence of Ms. Dorothy M. Davis, who generously donated more than $1.5 million toward the $4.8 million final costs, the Buckeyes moved into Bill Davis Stadium. The 59,630 square-foot facility is named in memory of Dorothy's late step-son, William C. "Bill" Davis. He was chairman and president of Davis Enterprises, builder and developer of commercial and residential subdivisions, and a great fan of Ohio State athletics. A member of The President's Club, Bill was a graduate of St. Charles Preparatory School in Columbus and Xavier University.
With a capacity of 4,450, the first game played in Bill Davis Stadium was March 14, 1997 vs. Eastern Michigan. In 2004, the venue went through a $1.2 million renovation, while in 2012 the Buckeyes will play on the $700,000 Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
Buckeye Field (Facility Page)
Home plate remains where it has rested at Buckeye Field since 1988, but little else remains the same for the Ohio State softball complex after $5.9 million of stadium renovations. The historical and record-breaking 2009 season marked the first in the 1,500-seat New Buckeye Field - a facility that is undoubtedly among the finest in the country.
In addition to nearly doubling Buckeye Field's previous capacity of 800, the new stadium includes indoor and outdoor batting cages, a three-plate bullpen, a 650-square foot press box, player clubhouse and locker room, new dugouts, coaches and umpires dressing room and concession areas.
"The new softball stadium will mean so much to our current players as well as be a focal point in recruiting new outstanding young women to our university," Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head coach, said in 2009.
Dedicated April 11, 2009, with the game against Illinois, Buckeye Field quickly became the site of some record-breaking crowds. Some 1,277 fans watched Ohio State defeat the Illini 5-0 after a pregame ceremony that honored the donors, administrators and construction entities that made the building possible.
"Our new stadium will now be comparable to the other facilities we have at Ohio State, which is well known for having some of the finest facilities in all of college sports. With the addition of the indoor batting cages, our players will now have unlimited access in their training which will only lead to more success. This couldn't happen without our generous donors and the tremendous support of our administration. This commitment will make an enormous contribution to the success of our program and it is certainly bettering the lives of our softball student-athletes. This is another example of the spirit that makes Ohio State great."
The field dimensions remain 190 feet down the left and right field lines and 220 feet to center field. The Kentucky bluegrass and Perennial Rye make Buckeye Field a player-friendly surface. Already with one of the finest playing surfaces in the Big Ten and with lights that were installed in 2003, the renovated stadium will give Ohio State softball a complete facility that will serve the Buckeyes for years to come.
Ohio Stadium (Facility Page)
Nestled snugly on the banks of the Olentangy River, stately Ohio Stadium is one of the most recognizable landmarks in all of college athletics.
Ohio Stadium is one of the most recognizable landmarks in all of sports. Built in 1922 at a cost of $1.3 million and refurbished in 2001 for slightly more than $194 million, the horseshoe-shaped stadium is a monument to college football. As part of the renovation, the once portable South Stands became a permanent fixture.
With its present seating capacity of 102,329, Ohio Stadium is the fourth largest on-campus facility in the nation. Since the opening game against Ohio Wesleyan on Oct. 7, 1922, more than 36 million fans have streamed through the stadium's portals.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium (Facility Page)
Located on Fred Taylor Drive, north of Lane Avenue, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium is the home to the men's and women's soccer, lacrosse and track and field teams. The 10,000-seat state-of-the-art venue arguably is one of the finest multi-sport facilities in the country.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium serves as a cornerstone to the surrounding Ohio State athletics complex that features the Les Wexner Football Complex at Woody Hayes Athletic Center, softball's Buckeye Field, field hockey's Buckeye Varsity Field, men's and women's tennis outdoor Varsity Courts, Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium and the 19,200-seat Jerome Schottenstein Center.
Named in honor of the Buckeye and Olympic legend who won four gold medals (one each in the 100 meters, the 200 meters, the long jump and 4x100 meter relay) at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany, the Jesse Owens Memorial Statue, located just outside the stadium, was unveiled April 21, 2011 as part of the 75th Anniversary Celebration of Owens's memorable Olympic performance.
Outdoor Varsity Tennis Courts (Facility Page)
The Ohio State men's and women's tennis teams celebrated the dedication of the new outdoor Varsity Tennis Courts this past spring. Located along Olentangy River Road, the new outdoor tennis facility consists of 10 scarlet and gray painted tournament-style courts that are ideal for large spectator crowds.
Gene Smith, Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics, spoke to the crowd on hand March 27 to open the dedication ceremony.
"This was a vision prior to my arrival and I was blessed to inherit a great vision for our tennis programs," Smith said. "First of all, I want to thank the coaches for the great job they continue to do and I want to thank our student-athletes for the great work ethic they bring every single day to the court. I also want to thank the donors for their support in sharing this outstanding moment with two teams that continue to lead Ohio State on and off the courts each year."
The tennis complex will serve both the university and surrounding community for practice, competitions and youth camps. Along with the courts, there is a new joint support facility shared with the field hockey complex that contains restrooms, storage and concessions for fans. The complex also includes a convenient new parking lot and better media accessibility, including a press area.
Guided by 15th-year head coach Chuck Merzbacher, the women's squad hosted the first championship event, the 2012 Big Ten Women's Tennis Championships April 26-29, at the new facility.
"I'd like to thank Gene Smith for his vision for the student-athletes and their experience," Merzbacher said. "He is determined for these student-athletes to play in venues that are worthy of their talents. We are very humbled by the donors and their contributions to help build this top-notch facility."
Led by 13th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the men's team hosted a 2012 NCAA Championships regional May 12-13.
"I'd like to first thank Mr. Smith, who is awfully humble," Tucker said. "After the completion of our brand new indoor center two years ago, I wasn't shocked when I went to Mr. Smith and he told me we would have a new outdoor facility by the 2011-12 season, so here we are. Like coach Merzbacher mentioned, I'd also like to thank Ben Jay and Don Patko for all their work behind the scenes and also the development team, who gave all of their effort in this project. Lastly, I'd to thank the donors because without them these new courts wouldn't be possible."
The two squads are expected to play a combined 15 regular-season matches at the new outdoor Varsity Tennis Courts in spring of 2013.
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Buckeye Varsity Field (FH) (Facility Page)
Located just north of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Olentangy River Road, Buckeye Varsity Field is the home of the Ohio State field hockey program.
Buckeye Varsity Field Facts
French Field House (Facility Page)
Completed in November 1956 at a cost of $1,010,000, French Field House was designed for indoor track and field meets but is also used as a practice facility for many sports.
Presently, the facility has a strength and conditioning weight room and is the home to many indoor track and field meets during the winter season.
A $1.3 million renovation project inside the field house was completed in October 2009. Renovations include:
The Griggs Reservoir Boathouse (Facility Page)
The Scarlet and Gray moved into the $5.2 million Griggs Reservoir Boathouse in 2011. The latest addition to Ohio State's exceptional athletics facilities includes:
"I think the boathouse underscores the department's support of women's rowing and the level of importance the program has within the athletic department," Andy Teitelbaum, head coach, said. "I think this boathouse will help the athletes feel that support on a daily basis."
"I'm sure the boathouse is going to become a Columbus landmark because it's going to be such a beautiful building and such a public venue," Teitelbaum said. "Other people's awareness of Ohio State rowing is going to go up. That's a double-edge sword. It's great to have people acknowledge the excellence the program has achieved in the past, but people are also going to be more aware of whether or not we're living up to that standard. And it has already started. We need to live up to our history. In the past, we've been able to say 'well, we're rowing out of a pole barn,' that's all changing."
Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range (Facility Page)
In 1875 the Ohio State University shooting facilities were at what is now the Ohio State Fair Grounds. Since that time the shooting range has been in several locations on campus. In 1966 the present range in Converse Hall was dedicated by President Novice G. Fawcett in honor of Lt. Hugh W. Wylie.
Lt. Wylie, of Circleville, Ohio, was a graduate of Ohio State and was a member of the Army ROTC. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division in North Africa, Italy and Holland. On Sept. 17, 1944, Lt. Wylie was killed near Arnheim, Holland, in Operation Market-Garden, the battle that inspired the book and movie, A Bridge Too Far.
The Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range is a 20 point range set for 50 foot and 10 meter shooting with respective 22 caliber ammunition and precision air guns. An elevator was placed in service early in 2000 to serve handicapped students and competitive shooters.
Buckeye and Olympian Amanda Furrer currently calls the Lt. Huge W. Wylie Range home. On the collegiate level, Furrer has finished in the Top 10 nationally in smallbore rifle each season with the Buckeyes. Furrer qualified for the 50m rifle 3 positions event for the 2012 London Olympic Games this summer.
The Jack Nicklaus Museum (NicklausMuseum.org)
The Jack Nicklaus Museum, located in the heart of The Ohio State University sports complex in Nicklaus' hometown of Columbus, Ohio, is a 24,000 square-foot educational and historical facility. Fans will encounter the history of golf and its greatest practitioner, taking an immersive journey through Nicklaus' brilliant career which includes trophies, photographs and various mementos from his unparalleled 20 major championships and 100 worldwide professional victories.
The Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion (Facility Page)
Considered one of the finest competition pools and diving wells in the nation, the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion's new technology provides a venue for some of the fastest times and best diving in the country.
The facility, in the heart of campus and adjacent to three other world-class facilities - Ohio Stadium, Thompson Library and the Recreation and Physical Activity Center - has earned a reputation for fast waters. In fact, that's what the Columbus Dispatch wrote about the facility in an in-depth article titled "Built for Speed."
The article stated that "it's not one thing that makes this pool fast, but a collection of things - the depth, number and width of lanes, deep gutters, and water inlets at the bottom of the pool - that reduce waves."
And the July 2007 issue of Aquatics International magazine stated this about McCorkle: "... a state-of-the-art competition pool loaded with the latest technology sets a university apart from the competition."
Dedicated Oct. 14, 2005, the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion is the newest addition to Ohio State's top-notch athletics facilities. The Pavilion consists of the Mike Peppe Natatorium and the Ron O'Brien Diving Well. Holding nearly 1.56 million gallons of water in the entire facility, the Pavilion is part of Ohio State's Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC).
St. John Arena (Facility Page)
St. John Arena is in its 56th season as one of the homes to Ohio State Athletics. Completed in November of 1956 at a cost of less than $4 million, the 13,276-seat structure is named for former Ohio State basketball coach and athletic director, L. W. St. John.
The move of the men's and women's basketball teams into the brand new Jerome Schottenstein Center at the beginning of the 1998-99 season allowed the men's and women's volleyball teams, men's and women's gymnastics teams and wrestling team to call St. John Arena home. All five sports currently play in the venerable facility.
The building of St. John Arena ushered in a golden era in Ohio State basketball. The Buckeyes won the national championship in 1960, were runners-up the next two years and captured a still unequalled five consecutive Big Ten titles between 1960 and 1964.
Over the years, the capacity of the arena has fluctuated. The original mark of 13,491 has gone as high as 13,681 and as low as the present figure of 13,276.
Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center (Facility Page)
Ground was broken April 2, 1996 for Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center - a testament to the vision of The Ohio State University Department of Athletics to provide modern, state of the art facilities for student-athletes, coaches, staff, supporters and fans - a commitment to excellence. After an aggressive construction schedule (3,888 cement trucks made their way to the building site to complete the 770,000 square foot building), "The Schott" opened its doors Nov. 3, 1998 for a men's basketball game kicking off an opening month. First and foremost, the Schottenstein Center is the home of the Ohio State University men's and women's basketball teams as well as men's hockey. The $115 million multipurpose facility also hosts a wide variety of special events, concerts, family shows and touring productions.
OSU Ice Rink (Facility Page)
Constructed in 1961, the OSU Ice Rink serves as the home of the Ohio State women's hockey team. The rink, located just east of St. John Arena and north of Ohio Stadium, has a surface area of 200 feet in length and 85 feet in width.
The facility includes a warming room, which contains a pro shop complete with the latest in hockey equipment and skating apparel. The basement houses locker rooms for the Buckeyes and their opponents, a training room and a storage area.
In 1999, major renovations were made to the OSU Ice Rink to bring it into the 21st century. The facility features a larger ice surface of NHL dimensions (200x85). Both bench areas and penalty boxes were refurbished and the building was brought into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. A new emergency exit was installed in the south entrance and the locker room areas were made more accommodating to visiting teams.
The women's hockey team kicked off its inaugural season during 1999-00 and the first face off was Oct. 8, 1999. The rink also once served as the home to the men's hockey team, beginning in 1963. University skating and hockey classes make use of the Ice Rink and other private parties and instructional groups also call the Ice Rink home.
The rink, which has bleachers on the west side, seats approximately 1,000 people. A standing room area located on the north side of the rink can accommodate an additional 200 spectators.
OSU Golf Course (Facility Page)
Through the great foresight of L.W. St. John, the director of athletics at Ohio State from 1912-1947, Ohio State University can claim two golf courses considered by many to be masterpieces in classical golf course architecture. The Scarlet course is rated as one of the top collegiate courses in the nation. Dr. Alister MacKenzie, a world-renowned golf course architect, submitted the original routing plans to L.W. St. John Jan. 6, 1931 and construction of the Scarlet course was overseen by famed architect Perry Maxwell. The Scarlet was completed in 1938 and the Gray was finished later in 1940.
The dedication ceremony was held May 18, 1940 when Bob Kepler, the Buckeye head coach from 1938-1965, Chick Evans, Blanche Sohl and Patty Berg played 18 holes on the Scarlet course. Patty Berg, one of the four charter members of the LPGA Hall of Fame, returned to Ohio State in 1990 to conduct a clinic at the annual OSU Pro-AM Tournament.
In the 1930's only a handful of universities had golf facilities and most of those were eastern schools. Building two golf courses when the country was in the middle of the Great Depression was quite an accomplishment. The labor for the construction of the Golf Course was provided under a government subsidized program known as the Works Progress Administration, a program designed to create jobs during the depression. Few schools can boast the proud association The Ohio State University has enjoyed with the game of golf. With the many outstanding players and professionals spawned at this great facility, the name Ohio State has become synonymous with collegiate golf.
In 1941, Ohio State made history when it hosted the first ever women's collegiate golf championship on the Scarlet course. In 1982, Ohio State hosted the final Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Division I National Championship. In 1991, Ohio State hosted the NCAA Women's Championship, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the national tournament for women on the course on which it was conceived. The women's program later went on to host the 1997 and 2006 tournaments as well. The Scarlet Course has also played host to 10 men's National Championships. During the years, the Ohio State Scarlet course has been the site of several U.S. Open qualifiers, U.S. Amateur qualifiers and the 1977 USGA Junior Championship.
In 2005 and 2006 the Scarlet Course underwent a major restoration project overseen by former Buckeye legend Jack Nicklaus. Jack concentrated on restoring the course to the way Alister MacKenzie originally intended it to play. The bunkers were redesigned to appear more like the classic MacKenzie designs at his numerous other courses. The course was also lengthened to play more than 7,400 yards and the par was changed to 71. The driving range was also enlarged and a short-game practice area was built for both of the varsity golf teams as well as another one for the members of the club.
Steelwood Training Facility (Facility Page)
The Steelwood Training Facility is home to the Buckeye fencing, gymnastics and wrestling teams. The building is complete with its own administrative offices, training room, locker rooms and three private gyms for all three teams. Steelwood is extremely spacious and accommodating with 8,000 square feet for the wrestling and fencing teams and the gymnastics training area is nearly 14,000 square feet.
For fencing, Steelwood is one of the largest facilities in the country with 14 electronic practice strips. The fencing room helps the team practice more efficiently in order to reach their goal of winning another NCAA championship.
The gymnastics room has nearly four sets of competition equipment as well as a pommel horse drill area and a ring strength area with five sets of rings. Every piece of equipment has a variety of landing surfaces to ensure safety while training. The various landing surfaces allow gymnasts to safely train at a high level at all times. Also, the gym has an in-ground tumble track, an Olympic quality trampoline, a 60-foot rod floor and four vaulting stations.
The wrestling room accommodates 6,500 square feet of wrestling mat area. The room is designed to train the total athlete, as the venue is equipped with hammer strength machines and two full sets of dumb bells. The area also has cardiovascular areas consisting of treadmills, reel runners, stationary bikes and elliptical machines for conditioning use. The Buckeye wrestling tradition within the room is the most acknowledgeable part. On all four walls of the facility are displays of past Buckeye team and individual accomplishments. Posted on the walls are framed photographs of every Ohio State All-American and All-Big Ten honoree, 12 Block "O" boards displayed showcases the names of every former Buckeye captain, Big Ten champion and national champion. Also, 12 Buckeye national champions have life-size replicas. The replicas stand around 6 feet and display each wrestler in an action or stance shot during their championship season.
Woody Hayes Athletic Center (Facility Page)
The Woody Hayes Athletic Center was dedicated in 1987 and was undoubtedly the best of its kind. Now, nearly 20 years later, a $19.5 million upgrade was completed. The improvements have made the Buckeyes' football practice facility one of the nation's finest.
As a visitor enters the Athletic Center, the 2,400 square foot lobby greets them. The lobby takes visitors on a journey through the past and present of OSU Football with the "Championship Wall," memorabilia displays, and a small theatre. There is also an area called "Sloopy's Hangout" which overlooks the strength training area.
The players' and coaches are benefitting from the athletic center's facelift in many ways. The players' lounge is a new area of more than 3,700 square feet, including a study room with the latest computer technology. Also, their locker rooms have been renovated and upgraded with new lockers for each team member. Coaches and support staff are enjoying the new 7,500 square feet of office space as well.
In the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, there is more than 13,000 square feet of space, which is dedicated to strength and conditioning with state of the art equipment and a 1,000 square-foot second story cardio area. There are also hydrotherapy pools called polar plunge, thermal plunge, and the large therapy pool. Other amenities in the Athletic Center include indoor racquetball and basketball courts.
The Varsity Indoor Tennis Center (Facility Page)
The Ohio State University Varsity Tennis Center is the indoor venue for the men's and women's tennis teams and opened in January of 2008. Located at 880 West Henderson Road in northwest Columbus, the 57,000 square foot center has six courts covered with a Plexipave® surface.
The indoor tennis center can accommodate approximately 400 spectator seats, plus standing room. In addition to 156 bleacher seats, the facility features 64 cabaret-style seating on court level at the north end and 96 individual seats in the south end. Additionally, 66 theatre-style seats are available.
The site also houses the coaches' offices, as well as locker rooms and team and recruiting rooms.