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St. John Arena

St. John Arena

  • Completed November 1956
  • Cost less then $4 million
  • Home of basketball team, 1957-1998 seasons
  • first game 12/1/1956 v. Butler(W, 98-82)
  • last game played as of now, 11/27/2004 v. Tennesee-Chatanooga(W, 81-64)
  • named for former Athletic Director, basketball, and baseball coach Lynn W. St. John
  • originally sat 13491; capacity reached as high as 13681
  • remains home to OSU wrestling, volleyball, and gymnastics--sits 13276
  • also home to football/TBDBITL Skull Session

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St. John Arena with Value City Arena in the background

Ohio State Fairgrounds Coliseum

  • hosted basketball team for 1920-1956 seasons
  • first game 12/13/1919 v. Wooster(W, 40-19)
  • final game 3/3/1956 v. Michigan St.(W, 96-84)
  • sat around 9000 fans
  • still standing on Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus

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    Fairgrounds Coliseum

    OSU Armory


    • original home court of OSU basketball; 1899-1919 seasons
    • first game 12/2/1898 v. East High(W, 25-4)
    • final game 3/8/1919 v. Michigan(L, 20-23)
    • sat around 2000 fans
    • gutted by fire and torn down in 1950s
    • stood where Wexner Center for the Arts now stands; Wexner Center retains castle-like spires of Armory

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    The Armory as seen in 1913

    Indianola Park Dance Pavillion

    • located on north side of Columbus
    • used during part of 1918 season while Armory housed soldiers during WWI
    • first game 2/9/1918 v. Indiana(W, 28-22)
    • hosted six more games that season; OSU record 5-2

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      Indianola Park in the 1930s

      Nationwide Arena

      • Opened in 2000
      • home of NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets
      • sits 19500 for basketball
      • hosted OSU v. Virginia Tech(W, 62-57) on 12/6/2003
      • hosted opening rounds of NCAA Tournament in 2004
      • will likely host additional OSU games in future to facilitate NCAA Tournament play

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        Nationwide Arena

Larkins Hall


  • Home of Recreational Sports at OSU
  • first hosted OSU v. Wisconsin(W, 37-20) on 3/4/1933 after bowling tournament forced Bucks out of Fairgrounds Coliseum. Ohio Stadium was set as site but cold weather forced game into gym
  • served as home during 1945 and 1946 basketball seasons
  • sat up to 3500 fans
  • final game 2/11/1946 v. Chicago(W, 46-25)

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    Larkins Hall

    Columbus Auditorium


  • located in downtown Columbus
  • later became Lazarus Annex; now a parking lot
  • served as home of Buckeyes for 1943 and 1944 seasons when Fairgrounds Coliseum was used for wartime purposes
  • first game 12/8/1942 v. Ohio Wesylean(W, 41-29)
  • final game 2/25/1944 v. DePaul(L, 49-61)