Ohio State plans to start lacrosse stadium construction in late fall
Ohio State plans to start construction of a $21.5 million lacrosse-specific stadium in November after the project was approved by the university’s board of trustees on Thursday.
It was first proposed in 2019, but was delayed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The site for the 2,000-seat stadium is between the Jennings Wrestling Facility and newly opened Ty Tucker Tennis Center in the northwest corner of campus known as the athletics district.
The Buckeyes’ men's and women's lacrosse teams will both use the facility after playing at the indoor field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and Ohio Stadium in previous seasons. It includes a heated field in order for the teams to practice outdoors in the winter.
“I’m excited for our lacrosse teams to have a state-of-the-art facility dedicated exclusively to lacrosse,” said Janine Oman, a senior deputy athletic director who is the administrator for the both programs. “It will provide them with year-round training and shows the commitment Ohio State has to providing our student-athletes everything necessary for an exceptional experience.”
As a result of a pandemic-altered football season last fall that saw a reduced number of games and no fan attendance, wiping out ticket sales revenue, the athletic department ended the 2021 fiscal year with a projected budget deficit of $50 million.
But it had already been raising money for the stadium. A year ago, athletic director Gene Smith told The Dispatch that about $13 million was committed. According to a news release, donations are covering the project.
The estimated construction completion date for the stadium is November 2022 and would the teams to host games in the stadium in 2023.