The New Ohio State Athletic District

"I am passionate about college athletics as it provides access to higher education to young women and men with God-given academic and athletic talents, many of whom are first generation. There is perhaps no greater training ground than college athletics for success in life." - Gene Smith, Senior Vice President & Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director

At Ohio State, the Department of Athletics’ training and competitive facilities are its classrooms, wherein talented student-athletes hone their skills and reach their potential. Coaches prepare student-athletes for competition and success as students, athletes and citizens. Teams focus on winning, but winning transcends the final score of any game or grade point average. Winning is about succeeding in life.

A new master plan for the Athletic District has been created to build upon the stellar tradition of competitive success for which Ohio State has become widely recognized.

The Athletic District will consolidate the vast majority of practice and competitive facilities into a contiguous space. Doing so will provide student-athletes and their coaches the optimal training and competitive environments.

The Athletic District will be a win-win-win: for student-athletes, coaches, and for Ohio State.

The Schumaker

The Schumaker will provide a state-of-the-art facility for the nutritional, physical, and psychological development of student-athletes on 33 teams at Ohio State. Over 800 student-athletes will lift, condition, train, and rehabilitate injuries in the complex, while also benefiting from nutritional and mental preparation for peak performance.

This new facility will be the training “hub” for 33 Olympic sport teams. It will be located in the heart of the Athletic District and connected to the iconic Woody Hayes Athletic Center at the Les Wexner Football Complex.

The schumaker overview

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800+ Student-Athletes

33 Olympic Sports Teams

15,500 sq ft training space

50+ Coaches and support staff

2,600 sq ft of classroom space

8 olympic sport locker rooms

Strength and training facilities are used year-round by student-athletes to enhance their fitness levels and reach their potential. These facilities are classrooms linked to athletic success.

By providing this greatly enhanced environment for collaboration, innovation and learning, Ohio State will attract an increased number of Olympic caliber student-athletes, as well as providing an optimal training facility for all the student-athletes already attending the Ohio State University.

“It’s a matter of developing confidence, pride and tradition. When they see the commitment the university is making, it’s incredible what it will do in giving our student-athletes a good feeling. It’s going to make them want to play harder for the badge they’re wearing on their chest.” - John Bluem, Head Coach Men's Soccer

“The facility has a one-stop shop. Having everything under one roof and having it all be first class and high end is going to be something that is going to make a significant impact in the student-athlete experience.” - Nick Myers, Head Coach Men's Lacrosse

“It’s going to be a great enhancement to the program. It’s going to be a much better experience for the student-athletes when they’re on campus; before, during and after they train. All of the programs at Ohio State are going to benefit.” - Andy Teitelbaum, Head Coach Rowing

"A new complex for our Olympic sports athletes will inject new energy and ignite new possibilities within our programs. It will elevate our facilities to championship levels, excite our recruits and give our student-athletes a home to fill with pride." - Lori Walker, Head Coach Women's Soccer

Covelli Center

The 3,700 seat arena will serve as home to seven varsity sports: volleyball, gymnastics, fencing and wrestling. In addition, it will serve as the occasional venue for women’s basketball as well as serving as the host site for local tournaments and camps.

This state-of-the-art facility allows for the greatest flexibility in the use of space by accommodating various configurations specifically designed for each competition. The arena will serve as the training facility for Men’s and Women’s Volleyball. Coaches and teams will benefit from up-to-date locker rooms, offices, training and treatment rooms.

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100,000+ Sq ft

3,700 seats

7 Varsity teams

Women's Basketball, Fencing, Men's & Women's Gymnastics, Men's & Women's Volleyball and Wrestling

158 student-athletes

58 home competitions

1,500 youth campers

"The Big Ten is and has been the strongest conference for women's volleyball for years. The Covelli Center gives us the opportunity to be in the dialogue with the best recruits from the moment they step on campus. The new athletic district is crucial to our student-athlete's experience. It is their home away from home. It is the place they can come to and feel connected to the larger passion that is Ohio State. - Geoff Carlston, Head Coach Women’s Volleyball

Built in 1956, St. John Arena is the former home of our men’s and women’s basketball teams. The opening of the Jerome Schottenstein Center in 1998 allowed the volleyball, gymnastics, fencing and wrestling teams to call St. John Arena home– including our 2016 men’s volleyball national championship team and the 2015 wrestling national championship team.

Since St. John Arena was designed and built over 50 years ago, the standards of competition have changed considerably. So too has the use of technology in coaching and teaching. Practice and competitive facilities are important evidence of an institution’s commitment to excellence. To remain competitive at the national level, a modern facility is needed for Ohio State student-athletes.

"This facility will change the entire game-day experience for our volleyball team. From the in-venue atmosphere to the technology used in player-development, we will be among the very elite in what we can offer both current and prospective student-athletes." - Pete Hanson, Head Coach Men's Volleyball

Jennings Family Wrestling Practice Facility

The competition for the nation’s next student-athletes is fierce. One of the critical program elements to attract the best and brightest athletes is the facilities in which they study, train and compete. As a result, the Ohio State wrestling program is in need of a new practice facility – their classroom – wherein they can train and hone their skills.

The importance of superior training facilities cannot be overstated. It’s where young men become seasoned athletes. It’s where student-athletes learn the intrinsic values of sacrifice and determination – values that are integral to achieving success beyond the game.

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5 Dedicated Practice Mats

35 Student-Athletes

600+ sq ft student-athlete lounge

1 olympic training center

To ensure this success, the Department of Athletics is building a dedicated wrestling practice facility. The new structure will include a state-of-the-art practice facility, along with offices for coaches and student-athlete space. The facility will be located within the Athletics District, giving the student-athletes a place to call home.

With private investment in a new practice facility, coupled with the development of the Covelli Center where the wrestling team will compete, Ohio State wrestling will have all of the key ingredients to achieve their vision of consistently competing for Big Ten and NCAA Championships.

“When you have a facility to the standard that this one is going to be, it screams value; it screams importance; it screams that when you come here, you are going to be treated in a first-class way.” - Tom Ryan, Head Coach Wrestling


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