The Schottenstein Center is the home Ohio State Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, and Men’s Hockey, among other events, and now it’s celebrating its 20th anniversary.
The arena officially opened in 1998, when Neil Young performed a sold-out concert on November 8, 1998. It’s been the site of concerts by the Rolling Stones, Prince, Shania Twain, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, The Three Tenors, Barbara Streisand, Jay Z, Drake, Tom Petty, Pink, Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, Hank Williams Jr., Kid Rock, Usher, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Bon Jovi, Dolly Parton, John Mayer, Gwen Stefani, Celine Dion, Kanye West, among others.
Additionally, The Schott has also hosted the Frozen Four, Arena Football, a week-long Jeopardy taping, annual OHSAA wresting and basketball championships, graduations, Presidential visits, and the official Ohio State University commencement and undergraduate student move-in.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary, The Schott received a $34 million dollar renovation. Some renovations include:
- Improved Team Shop, with an outdoor entrance
- New concession stand offerings
- Renovated dining areas
- Giant “Point of View” video screens in the concourse to show activity inside of the arena
- New “wayfinding” section signage
- Renovated offices for the Ohio State Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams, as well as Men’s Hockey
- New kiosk system
The official 20th anniversary kickoff is set for Friday night, when Elton John brings his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour to Columbus.