Ohio State has taken a step toward a new arena for its men’s and women’s hockey teams by requesting bids on a potential project.

But Shaun Richard, the associate athletic director who administers hockey, cautioned that Sunday’s bid request does not mean that an arena will be built soon, or even at all.

“We’re more just doing our homework to get some numbers and get some concrete information for if we were to take that next step and do something,” Richard said. “We are not committed to doing this at all. We have no money committed at all. We have no site picked out.”

Richard said that if an arena is built, it would likely have a capacity of about 4,000 people and include two rinks. One would be for the men’s and women’s teams. The other would be for such things as intramurals and recreation sports.

The teams currently play at the Schottenstein Center, which seats 17,500 for hockey.

The hockey-only arena would be part of an overall ongoing facilities expansion project north of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Richard said he hopes to have bids received within a month.

“It’s just something we want to look at,” he said. “No timelines, no nothing, but hopefully some good information coming back so we can make some good decisions in the future.”

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