A Look at Ohio State's $20 Million Locker Room

By DJ Byrnes on February 11, 2014 at 10:45a
82 Comments

Not too long ago, Ohio State's pumped $20 million into the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, and although the Notre Dame has invested a staggering $50 million into theirs, the Buckeye locker room is one of the seven most expensive in college football.

What does $20 million get you these days? QUITE A BIT OF FANCY FEATURES:

  • Private players' lounge
  • Big screen televisions
  • Indoor and outdoor practice facilities
  • Arcade room
  • State-of-the-art weight room
  • Meeting rooms
  • 126 personalized lockers for the team

You know who doesn't even have indoor practice facilities? The Cincinnati Bengals. 

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Oyster's picture

You just know there is a sign that says "Please Take Off Your Shoes" at the door.

R.I.P. Otsego

+14 HS
bethesdabuck's picture

When was the locker room last renovated, DJ? Was this $20 mill put in recently?

DJ Byrnes's picture

Prior to the 2007 season.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

741's picture

Shoot. Time to replace it then.

ToledoMan's picture

Notre Dame's Return On Investment is awful

+19 HS
Doc's picture

 

Is this in the WHAC or Ohio Stadium?

 

"Say my name."

+1 HS
DJ Byrnes's picture

It should be noted the $20 million was raised privately by the University.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Doc's picture

Thanks DJ, I did not know that.  I edited my original post to ask a question and when I went to post my original comment was deleted and all that remains is my question.  Sorry folks. :/

"Say my name."

+1 HS
osu07asu10's picture

This is at the WHAC. The locker rooms in the shoe' can barely fit the lockers let alone all that was listed up there.  The locker room at the shoe is pretty pedestrian compared to the WHAC digs. The players spend 95% of their time at the WHAC and only arrive at the stadium about 90 minutes to 2 hours prior to kick-off. 

 

 

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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GoBucksToledo's picture

Probably in large part due to the efforts of Dr. Gee

bethesdabuck's picture

I guess we see, beyond recruiting, why Texas was so attractive to Strong. Also, despite Bert's personal shortcomings, he does have something to work with there, I guess. 

+1 HS
osu07asu10's picture

DJ, this is at the WHAC, correct?

EDIT: Checked with guys at the Stadium, definitely at the WHAC

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

ToledoMan's picture

Texas spent 176.5 MIllion.  I bet more people from Ohio will complain about the 20 mil spent on our locker room than any Texan will complain about Texas spending nearly 8 times that amount.

+3 HS
d5k's picture

And all 176.5M (besides capped out deductions) was considered a charitable tax deduction for some billionaire trying to buy wins for his favorite team.

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OSUStu's picture

Even more nearly 9 times that amount.  I might have to look up this Texas locker room.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

bethesdabuck's picture

Oil money doin' work. 

+2 HS
Liening's picture

 I recall seeing a piece on TV within the past year about Oregon's (then) new football training facilities, and a large $ number attached to that.  Anyone recall how many $'s that was, or at least see that TV piece?  

GLiening

vwhiegs57's picture

State of the art weight room is all there needs to be! From what i've been seeing from Collier and others with how quickly they have been shedding the fat and packing the muscle is quite impressive! Although i suppose an arcade room and personal lounge wouldn't be too bad to chill out in after those workouts!

+1 HS
Denny's picture

I took a tour back in 07 and the craziest thing to me were the underwater treadmills.

Taquitos.

+3 HS
bedheadjc's picture

Nice, but Oregon's are still to be beat. There's something about the continuity of a project all being done at once, using the same cutting edge designers working within a set palette, font scheme, etc.

OSU's digs are always very nice but they look exactly like what they are: various projects done by different companies with different color schemes (yes, all S&G, but you know what I mean), font styles, graphic styles, etc. It makes the hallways and transition areas from one project to another look like competing booths at a job fair.  The WHAC needs ONE graphic designer (or team) responsible for all of the literature, posters, graphics, banners, etc so that things don't look committee run.

Oregon's new football building looks like a pimp Death Star. The WHAC at times looks like a plumbing convention in a white corridored hotel.

+9 HS
DJ Byrnes's picture

Fair points here, Bedhead. Obviously Oregon's are a cut above the rest right now. (Such is the benefits of having an athletics conglomerate CEO as a Sugar Daddy). 

Hard to envision how true unity could be achieved in the WHAC, however, short of outright demolishing it and starting anew.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

bedheadjc's picture

And I completely understand how Mr. Knight makes the best possible for Oregon as you and IAMCBS noted. As for demolishing the WHAC...please no.

Aside from Wexner is there an angel alumnus out there that would even consider funding something like a WHAC replacement at Oregon or better scale?

Poison nuts's picture

Replace the WHAC in order to keep up with Oregon? No way. It may not be the absolute premium in state of the art facilities, but it's in the top 3-5 in the country & that ain't too damn shabby. 

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

+1 HS
bedheadjc's picture

Not what I meant at all; I was wondering if OSU even had a donor who could, or would, do it if it was needed.

Poison nuts's picture

I realize what you meant. I guess what I was saying, is that even if somebody could fund it, I would hope they wouldn't.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

MVJ's picture

Kudos to you, sir. I second your appreciation for font/pantone consistency.

"You win with people "

+4 HS
iamcbs's picture

BedheadJC~

Oregon has a billionaire Sports Apparel Exec as a benefactor and that must be taken into account. tOSU's facilities are at or near the top of CFB and always will be, but they can't compete with "Just Do It."

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep, I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion~Alexander the Great

Squirrel Master's picture

quick question, how do you know the differences so well? have you toured all these facilities personally? its not like Oregon and OSU are right around the corner so in order to see both in person would mean you are a football player or associated with the sport some how.

just wondering because you say all that as if you have been inside of both.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

JohnnyKozmo's picture

As a Buckeye Fan who lives in Maryland, I'm hoping Kevin Plank (Founder of Under Armour and U of Maryland Grad) turns the Terps into the Oregon of the East Coast.  They already have crazy uniforms (I think they have changed after pregame a few times), they just need the product on the field to catch up.  That would be huge for tOSU and the East Division in terms of National Perception and getting into the Playoff.  

bethesdabuck's picture

Don't think that happens with the current coach. I think Plank really wanted Leach and would have backed up the Brinks. 

JohnnyKozmo's picture

Completely agree there.  They need a big name who can consistently keep the local talent home.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

BeadheadJC: doesn't the unity at Oregon's digs also mean, however, that six years from now, when those cool cutting-edge (trendy?) palettes, styles, fonts, etc. go out-of-style that the facility will be entirely passe? Then, won't they have to hire another design team to do a total stylistic overhaul?

+1 HS
741's picture

"Pimp Death Star" is the best phrase I have read all week. Would be a very strong garage band name.

NC_Buckeye's picture

I smell a rant about why players should be paid their "fair share" in the making.

+1 HS
DJ Byrnes's picture

 

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Jack Fu's picture

But if schools were going to pay players, WHERE in the WORLD would the money come from???

+1 HS
BuckeyeRealist13's picture

Probably wouldn't be able to afford the new facilities if the universities were paying them more than they already are. 

I've spent time in the South, I don't care what anybody says they don't have the passion for football that us Ohioans have. 

Run_Fido_Run's picture

BuckeyeRealist13: good point. If universities gave student-athletes better compensation packages, one thing they might spend extra money on would be a better off-campus residence, thus improving their day-to-day living environment. Well, players spend a lot of time in facilities like WHAC, so investments in them improves players' living environments.

Similarly, wealthy people choose to spend money by staying at luxury hotels, joining swanky private clubs, etc. Such experiences don't add to their already big bank accounts, but we wouldn't discount the value of such perks - rather we might be envious. Why don't we apply similar reasoning to student-athletes?

And I say that as someone who supports even better compensation packages for student-athletes in revenue-positive sports.

BuckeyeRealist13's picture

Probably wouldn't be able to afford the new facilities if the universities were paying them more than they already are. 

I've spent time in the South, I don't care what anybody says they don't have the passion for football that us Ohioans have. 

d5k's picture

Since a penny a year more is within your conditional statement, your statement is false.  If they were paying 85 football players 10k per year that sounds like 850k per year which ignoring inflation and interest would amortize the cost of the $20M facilities in 23.5 years.  So there's some merit in what you say I guess.

+1 HS
Chief B1G Dump's picture

How about a rant on the fact that the NCAA gives all this crap about student athletes should not have benefits above and beyond "regular" students...yet they have $20mil locker room that Joe Q Public cant access, private weight rooms, the WHAC as a whole, private tutors, free gear, food/nutrition, etc...

But anyhow, the locker room is straight DOPE.  If I played football, I probably wouldnt even get an apartment and just live at the athletic center.

+2 HS
Buckeye in Illini country's picture

You know who doesn't even have indoor practice facilities? The Cincinnati Bengals.

Mike Brown is the worst, and the people in charge of Hamilton County who approved the deal for PBS are not much better. 

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

+2 HS
bukyze's picture

No, the politicians in Cincinnati are worse.  Mike Brown is smart, and has screwed the poor taxpayers of Hamilton County for years.  The people in charge, the politicians, are just plain stupid.  Actually, they fit it with the worst people, along with the people who don't return shopping carts to their corral, people who flick cigarettes out their window, and those who don't use turn signals - as was discussed in yesterday's Skully.

+1 HS
d5k's picture

I love the line about not attributing malice where incompetence fits just fine but in this case you have to wonder who is getting their back scratched by Mike B.

I don't usually like Congress getting involved in sports but this fleecing of local taxpayers due to free rider effects (don't move my team, that guy over there will pay you more tax money!) should be within their wheelhouse.

+1 HS
Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

I'm tempted to say the word 'Streetcar' just to see the steam come out of your ears.
 

bbb's picture

$20 million and they don't even have a spa? It seems like Alabama has their priorities lined up just about right

BuckeyeNation_330's picture

Amazing facilities, $20 million well spent

"Bleed Scarlet, Die Gray"

doodah_man's picture

There should be the sound of an angelic choir piped in over the PA system...

Jim "DooDah" Day
It is hard to play dirty against a man who picks you up.

+1 HS
ep's picture

"schoollockers.com".  there is a website for school locker rooms.
 

+2 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

Who wooda thunk it??????????????

bethesdabuck's picture

Surprised that Tennessee wasn't included. Much was made of their updates before Butch took that job. It cost around $45 mill and includes a MMA cage: http://footballscoop.com/news/6627-video-tennessees-new-facility-is-impr...

The real question everyone wants to ask here is are we sure our digs are better than Michigan's?

PittBuckeye's picture

Well ours are in Ohio for one, so there's that.

+10 HS
gm3jones's picture

How dare you spell that word out! :-) I don't think they have renovated there athletic center in some time. I remember seeing an article about them redoing the basketball arena, but wasn't able to find anything about them doing there athletic center. I am sure that _ihcigans weight room is nice, but ours is (and rightfully so) much better.

There is nothing more remarkable as learning to think better.

+1 HS
Buckeyevstheworld's picture

It cost around $45 mill

So did their '14 recruiting class.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

+2 HS
buckeyeEddie27's picture

If I'm not mistaken, the picture in the Texas cluster with the shiny red horse on the ceiling is actually at SMU.   Anyone else notice that?

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

+1 HS
Alpo's picture

Nice pickup Eddie, that is definitely the SMU logo. I know they spent a lot of $ on renovations to the basketball arena, around $45 mil iirc. Someone screwed up on that one!

+1 HS
BigKat45's picture

I'll be honest. I was expecting a bit more of a tour for 'Inside the Locker Room...'

"Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” - Urban

+2 HS
DJ Byrnes's picture

Good point, Kat. I'll fix the headline.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

ab1993's picture

Would 11W be able to do a tour of the locker sometime? Preferably on video?

Class of '16

+3 HS
DJ Byrnes's picture

We were allowed to use the Players' Lounge for the Gold Pants Social. (It was amazing.)

As for the tour, that'd take connections deeper than anything I could ever muster, but an article I would love to write would be one centered on basically taking the same tour OSU football gives to potential recruits. I think it'd be pretty interesting to see.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

ab1993's picture

Does Birm have those connections?

Class of '16

Stoicpaisano's picture

Surprised they don't have the Block O roped off.

-1 HS
Baroclinicity's picture

I work out 3 times a week.  80% of the time I don't want to go.  If I had access to that weight room, 80% of the time I would WANT to go.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Poison nuts's picture

Yeah - me too on the workouts & almost never wanting to go. That's the kind of place that's so cool, it's not like it's a chore to drag your ass there for a workout. I'd be so psyched to head to the gym if it was like that.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

+1 HS
741's picture

80% of the time it works, every time.

Phillips.449's picture

Eh I have all of that stuff in my basement.

mabromowitz's picture

If Oregon's players are getting priority parking spots (especially for free) isn't that an issue? The article mentions that Oregon has a player only parking garage. When I worked at UVA football, everyone including the players had to purchase a parking pass to park at the facility.  

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Notre Dame has invested a staggering $50 million into theirs,

More like NBC has invested $50 million.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

+2 HS
BuckeyeRealist13's picture

Now lets see an article with pictures of the  new OSU basketball facilities!!!!

I've spent time in the South, I don't care what anybody says they don't have the passion for football that us Ohioans have. 

Buckeye Scottie's picture

Those helmet chairs are friggin' sweet!

BuckToAsT's picture

I bet they don't run out of 45lbs plates there....

How much is a monthly membership?

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

Dang ........... That weight room is bigger than mine at home 

KBonay's picture

Is the lighting LED? 

harleymanjax's picture

What's up with the jersey hanging in the locker with the gray stripes?

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

airmeyer's picture

20 million spent in '07 and now there are plans to tear the whole thing apart and re-position the locker room + showers prior to fall camp 2014.  brilliant

BuckToAsT's picture

For those complaining that state / tuition dollars should be put to better use, please note that tOSU's athletic department is 100% self-sufficient.  Zero state dollars go towards athletics, and in fact, last year, the athletic department transferred around $30 million in assessments to the University, including more than $16 million in grant-in-aid reimbursement.  So, if anything, the athletic department adds tuition money; not the other way around. 

Very cool...

 

http://www.cleveland.com/osu/index.ssf/2014/01/ohio_states_extends_contr...

+3 HS
ibuck's picture

At some point*, all this focus on football and facilities becomes too much. Do these types of facilities produce better human beings or more "entitled" athletes? Does it teach good values for the rest of their lives? Or is it teaching how to throw people away—because they don't perform up to expectations, or because their brains have been so damaged (including by concussion) that the used up athletes become disposable?

* I'm concerned that that point may be in the rearview mirror.

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

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Seattle Linga's picture

It's great to be part of a program with so much leverage.

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Check out that jersey hanging in the locker.... sharp!

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.