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So much wrong with this. The $10 million could have been used for something better. And if they were set on building this new 4,000-seat arena, the hockey team should be in there instead of the Schott. Hockey is a much-better atmosphere at a smaller rink than a big arena with few fans in the stands.
St. John was one of the best atmospheres you could ever want out of a college basketball game. Place would be rocking.
And this puts a hurtin' on Skull Session. What are they going to do? Make fans walk from the Schott? No way they can pack everyone in this 4,000-seat arena. St. John holds 13,000 by comparison.
They have not set a date for the demolition of St. John, but it's coming down the pike.
There are sometimes just too much history to tear things down. But the big dogs only care about making the money and probably raising tuition while they are at it. (I am a student.)
I too am very disappointed with the decision to demolish St. John's Arena for exactly the reasons you noted. It's a shame that there's no way to make the University reconsider. St' John's is a landmark.
Agree. If they did this why wouldn't they move Hockey as well? Makes zero sense in that regard.
St John Arena was doomed years ago when the administration decided to cut the major maintenance budget for the building. They decided long ago that keeping it was not in line with their master plan.
The easiest way to get rid of an old facility is to cut maintenance on it. Then the capital improvements required to bring it up to standards start multiplying. Now it's going to take more than $30 million to bring SJA back to a reasonable state. Nobody is going to agree to that, so SJA's fate is sealed.
Personally I'm not crazy about the place anymore. I love the history of what happened there, but it is not a practical venue for the events they stage there now.
The occasional men's BB game they host there is fun for the atmosphere, but it sucks for fan conveniences that the Schott has and SJA doesn't (hard narrow seats, uneven steps, no escalators or elevators, poor concessions, poor bathrooms).
I understand why its being done. SJA has become a steam locomotive... nostalgic, full of memories, and charm... but far too impractical to keep in operation. Too bad the administration didn't get buy in years ago when the decision was actually made.
Hopefully they build a bit of a museum to the place in the Schott. It would be good to preserve some of the memories of what happened there and what the experience was like.
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Agree completely.......I like St. Johns.......could be renovated/updated a bit, but great place with a lot of history.
If they dismantle Skull Session, I will never forgive those responsible.
It's not as easy to do as one might think. Ice making equipment is really expensive. Also the footprint of a full size hockey rink is significantly larger than is required for volleyball, wrestling, gymnastics, or even basketball. The cost of the project would increase by a large margin.
Unless it is the Egyptian pyramids building don't last forever. Relish the memories.
I have lots of memories on the spot where st Johns sets...we used to play baseball on the field right there..it was flat and had like a gravel base.......probably 1952-54's....I was born not far from there at a long gone apartment building at the corner of Neil and Lane. unfortunately time passed on and so does facilities and memories...now when they come to tear down the Shoe..tell them to bring help as they are going to need it..ha ha..
I agree with Jarhead 100%. I'm having lunch with John Schott. next week, I'll try to pick his brain and see if he knows anything.
you'd think that St. John's could be labeled some kind of landmark and be saved. Hard to believe they'd even consider tearing it down..geezz.....
"according to a source familiar with the goings on behind the doors of the WHAC,there is absolutely no panic.Actually, quite the contrary."
PS: I believe that just because it played a role in the meeting between Woody and sneaky Pete the building would be worth saving. (sarcasm)
Skull Session would be difficult to manage.
It couldn't be at the new arena...way too small, people would be knocking each other out to get in.
The obvious answer is The Schott, but the logistics would be very complicated. The band could certainly march there and back, but you are adding on an extra 15 minutes each way, so the band would have to report 30-60 minutes earlier. The skull session would have to start at least 30 minutes earlier. Then not sure how you would get the team to walk all the way over there.
But the biggest problem is traffic. lane Aven is jammed with cars up until an hour before kick-off. You would have to shut down Lane Ave and then the lane-Olentangy intersection. Very complicated to get all that arranged.
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Everybody understands that this new 4,000 seat arena isn't going to be anywhere close to the current SJA site, right? I've seen a couple of posts here that makes me suspect not everybody gets that.
The new arena will be north of the Woody Hayes facility and the baseball field. So its even less practical for skull session than the Schott would be.
I got a call last year from someone working in the administration who wanted to take me out to lunch. It was a thank you gesture and a request to be part of the initial But For Ohio State campaign. At any rate, at the time i couldn't work in a lunch, but I talked to her on the phone. She proactively told me about the plans around St. Johns. What i was told was that St. johns is definately coming down, but they may leave the ice rink up. The Fieldhouse is most likely coming down and most of the space will be used for new housing. That is also when i found out about the new requirement for students to live on campus until they are juniors. Anyway, when i asked about skull session, she matter of actly told me it would be moved out to the Schott. I didn't think to ask her about the players coming through, but something tells me that may be ending. Or maybe Skull session will end early enough for the band to help form a tunnel of pride for the team.
My gut reaction was pretty negative, but the more I tink about it the more I am indifferent. I have become numb. Everything is changing so fast. just look at our conference. nothing is sacred anymore. Hell, they still have us and *ichigan in different divisions.
"Tonight, my butt's sore." - Mike Krzyzewski 11-29-11
I'm sure they will be able to work out the traffic patterns, that is really my biggest question.
I have so many great memories of St John.
I remember the game against indiana back in the early 90's that went to double or triple OT. Coach Knight was a mess. I had court side seats for that one.
So many great memories at skull sessions.
In my fraternity we had to sit in every seat at St John as part of the initiation. That was a bitch back then, but a good memory all these years later.
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