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St. John Arena

Home of the The OSUMB Skull Session concert and the OSU Athletic Bands

St. John Arena was completed in November of 1956 at a cost of less than $4,000,000, the 13,276-seat structure is named for former OSU basketball coach and athletic director, L. W. St. John.
After St. John Arena was built, in 1957 director Jack Evans requested its use for the last rehearsal before game time. OSU Athletic Director Richard Larkins was happy to oblige, as he was eager to show off the new facility. The Skull Session was, however, still used as a rehearsal. Evans would routinely stop the band to fix problems in the music. The band would play through the entire show twice, once with music in hand, and a second time completely from memory. The Skull Session was changed to a concert/pep rally atmosphere by Dr. Paul Droste and that tradition continues today.

Visiting college bands are always invited to participate in Skull Session with the OSUMB, and in recent years high school bands from around the state of Ohio have been invited to entertain the early arrivals prior to the arrival of the OSUMB.

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 home. All five sports currently play in the venerable facility.

The OSU Athletic Band performs for all of these events. For more information about the Athletic Bands, click here.

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 straight 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.

Prior to the start of the 1987-88 season, a $1.2 million scoreboard, featuring the latest in computer graphics, was installed. At the same time, new corner scoreboards and a new lighting system were added.

With the most distant seat only 155 feet from the center circle and no posts or obstructions to block the sight lines, storied St. John Arena remains on the college basketball’s most respected basketball theaters.


DRIVING DIRECTIONS
From the North - Take I-71 South to I-270 West to SR 315 South. Exit at Lane Avenue and turn left. Turn right on to Fyffe Road. Turn left on Woody Hayes Drive. St. John Arena will be on your left once you cross the bridge.

From the South – Take I-71 North to SR 315 North to Worthington. Follow to Lane Avenue exit and turn right. Turn right on to Fyffe Road. Turn left on Woody Hayes Drive. St. John Arena will be on your left once you cross the bridge.

From the East (Airport) – Take I-70 West to SR 315 North to Worthington. Follow to the Lane Avenue exit and turn right. Turn right on to Fyffe Road. Turn left on Woody Hayes Drive. St. John Arena will be on your left once you cross the bridge.

From the West – Take I-70 East to SR 315 North to Worthington. Follow to the Lane Avenue exit and turn right. Turn right on to Fyffe Road. Turn left on Woody Hayes Drive. St. John Arena will be on your left once you cross the bridge.