Constructed in 1961, the OSU Ice Rink serves as the home of the hockey Buckeyes. The rink, located just east of St. John Arena and north of Ohio Stadium, has a surface area of 200 feet in length and 85 feet in width.
The facility includes a warming room, which contain coin-operated vending machines, benches for changing shoes, lockers for checking valuables and small parcels and a pro shop complete with the latest in hockey equipment and skating apparel. The basement houses locker rooms for the Buckeyes and their opponents, a training room and a storage area.
In 1999, major renovations were made to the OSU Ice Arena to bring it into the 21st century. The facility, originally constructed in 1961, features a larger ice surface of NHL dimensions (200x85). Both bench areas and penalty boxes were refurbished and the building was brought into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. A new emergency exit was installed in the south entrance and the locker room areas were made more accommodating to visiting teams.
The women's hockey team kicked off their inaugural season during 1999-00 and the first face off was Oct. 8, 1999. The rink has served as a home to the men's hockey team since 1963. University skating and hockey classes make use of the Ice Rink as well as other private parties and instructional groups also call the Ice Rink home.
The rink, which has bleachers on the west side, seats approximately 1,000 people. A standing room area located on the north side of the rink can accommodate an additional 200 spectators. Parking is available to the north (Lane Avenue entrance) and west (Tuttle lots) of the OSU Ice Rink.