In the mid-1990's, Columbus did not have a large arena. The powers-that-be at OSU during that time, such as Gordon Gee, Andy Geiger, et al, saw how much trouble and opposition there was to building a downtown arena. The mayor of Columbus during the 1980's and early 1990's, the recently deceased Dana "Buck" Rinehart, tried to move heaven and earth to build an arena. The mayor in the 1990's, former Buckeye Greg Lashutka, was trying to do the same. The opposition to a downtown arena stemmed from opposition to tax increases. The embarrassment of having the city's minor league hockey team play their playoff games in Troy, Ohio because their arena was occupied by a circus, could not persuade Columbus voters to vote for a tax increase.
Gee, Geiger, et al, saw this and decided to build a large arena of their own. Some of the downtown crowd would say OSU did behind the scenes stuff to hurt a downtown arena. OSU probably envisioned hosting big events at the Schott. What OSU did not envision was some in the Columbus corporate community, notably Nationwide CEO Dimon McFerson and Worthington Industries CEO John H. McConnell, to say the hell with it, we'll build it ourselves. That is what happened and people got behind it. As a result, there are two arenas within a couple miles of eachother.
OSU does not get the number of events at the Schott that they envisioned. It is too big for basketball and hockey. The Schott isn't even 20 years old. It makes you wonder if OSU is going to do anything with the Schott. OSU has put a lot of money into it. I think at some point, there will be a basketball only arena of 13k-15k and a hockey only arena of 6k-10k.
The ticket woes are going to continue. I think all sports around the country are having this problem. Tickets + concessions + parking....after a while, the cost adds up.