St. John Arena Floor Redone With Retro Hardwood Floor, Returning to Its Original Form

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IGotAWoody's picture

Love it! That building has some history, along with a number of great memories. Those epic battles against IU in the early 90s especially.

I'm stoked to see that more games are going to be scheduled there in the future.

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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PhillyNut's picture

Slowly but surely this is going to become the home of the basketball teams. They will ultimately spend the money necessary to make it their home, even if means almost tearing it down and building it back up. The Schott is 21 years old. Arenas like that where there is little historical reason to keep it around have around a 30 year life span. Take it to the bank.

I don't buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan!

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Takemysnare79's picture

As a TBDBITL alum, I was concerned when word was a few years ago the plan was to tear down St. John, replacing it with a smaller arena for sports like volleyball.  Do you think the Covelli Center saved that action?  Difficult to conceive how many football fans would be willing to congregate at the Schott for Saturday SKULL SESSIONS, should the tradition be moved there.  Easier on the team, band/Alumni Reunion group, and 13,276 fans if they could continue making the jaunt across Woody Hayes Dr. to the Shoe.

T-minus 2 weeks & counting.  Go Bucks, cage the Owls!

JI row end 78

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BiggHoww's picture

Does it have a video scoreboard?

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allinosu's picture

I was there as a kid to watch Hosket play I the 60s. It's always been dear to my heart.

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C-Deck's picture

On Saturday January 30, 1960, my Dad took me to see the Buckeye basketball team play MSU and win 111-79. As we all know, they went on to capture the National Championship later that year. 

"Hit them hard and see how they fall"

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allinosu's picture

I listened to every one of those games on the radio.

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tcm1968's picture

 maybe playing two games a season in the historic arena instead of just one.

How about 2 games a month :)

Go Bucks!

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73buckeye's picture

in 1963, St. John was the first college arena I ever saw. I was in jr. high and our high school basketball team became the first team from our county league (Shelby County Class A) ever to make it to the State Finals. They lost the championship game on a last second shot to Jefferson Dresden. I got to play on that floor in intramural finals in the early 70's. I remember those things every time I read or hear anything about that old arena. It's the perfect place for the high school tournaments and I hope it's there long after I'm gone. 

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typeOHpositive's picture

The shame of it is that most of the HS kids that get to play there will think "why are we in this old crappy arena" because they don't know the history of it.

"I don't want to be around average, why be around average!" -UFM

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OSU Silver Bullets's picture

If that's what you think our players will be thinking you couldn't be more wrong...

Our Honor Defend

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typeOHpositive's picture

I said High School kids coming in will most likely not understand or appreciate the history of it, I didn't say Buckeye players...reading comprehension matters.

"I don't want to be around average, why be around average!" -UFM

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Buckfrombirth's picture

It's awesome to see the limestone barn with a real future. When I was at OSU at the height of the arena arms race, we couldn't wait to get out of that cramped, uncomfortable place. Once we got the shiny new NBA arena, it became obvious that maybe renovating the old home would've been better than building a McMansion. St. John's has a soul that Schottenstein will never have.

I survived Cooper, and I hate Tai Streets.

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Chic'sGhost's picture

I worked for a company decades ago that installed hardwood gym floors.  Beautiful process.  I just loved watching them be installed.  Right wood, right supports for flexibility and right sealer and its a real thing of beauty. 

One of my favorite things was on a new floor or an old floor completely sanded, and after the first coat of sealer, watching them lay out the lines and paint them.  Cool process. 

Glad to see this floor design back.  

"You're welcome for the house I built."

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gobucks1966's picture

Sad day when it gets torn down and now they say it might stay so which is it. Not long ago it was mentioned to expensive to repair the electrical and the roof I heard was in bad shape. How ever what would it cost to just tear it down and build some thing new there. Where would the Skull move to?

Denny

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DS117's picture

I miss the absolute lack of acoustics. Now that's home court advantage!

I'm at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact, I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table. - Rodney Dangerfield

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OhioAgainstTheWorld34's picture

THIS IS AMAZING!!!! How good are those throwback unis going to look on that hardwood?  The answer: PERFECTION.

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Dr Winston O'Boogie's picture

Worst decision to build that stupid Schott.  That place has as much character as a shopping mall.  St. John was a classic college barn.  I have so many great memories in that place.  The best atmosphere in the Schott will never touch St. John Arena.  Awesome,.awesome place.  Probably the same jackasses that trademarked "THE" are the ones that got the bright idea that instead of sharing the new Columbus downtown arena for special events, let's build our own soulless box.  

Dr Winston O'Boogie

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RBloodworth's picture

It’s quite simple why OSU built the Schott:  they wanted complete and total control of all revenue from sports, concerts and other live events in Columbus, and had no intention of ever sharing with the City.  It’s why University leaders worked behind the scenes to campaign against the tax initiative to build what became Nationwide Arena all while giving a public show of support.  They didn’t anticipate that Nationwide, the Dispatch and other business leaders would have gone forward with a Downtown arena themselves if the ballot initiative failed.

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gobucks1966's picture

Basketball did some say basketball you couldn't be more correct hoops is not a major player here. Has anyone ever posted lets keep Ohio kids in state for basketball or get upset when we lose our top talent to not one but both tun and other schools in the B10 yes but very seldom. People get on board when they do well but quick to jump off kind of like watching the Titanic.

Denny

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Firedup's picture

Looks Beautiful! Love the original State of Ohio is back and boldly painted where it belongs. 

"Making the Great State of Ohio Proud!" UFM

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LouBuck35's picture

I want a fall Saturday in Ohio Stadium..

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stpetebuck's picture

So many memories there. Both live and tv.  For me rewatching the osu playing Bobby knight were the most riveting moments in sports for me and my boys. Especially late Gary Williams and early Randy Ayers. 

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Floyd Stahl's picture

It's beautiful (sheds a tear).

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NHBuckeye's picture

A-mazing!!!!!!

Fields of Dreams

 

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robert goulet's picture

LOVE IT!!! Next up, returning the end zones and midfield logo to gray letters...

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brutusbro's picture

Awesome!!! Watched my cousins win a state championship in 1996 there. For the record, for the high school basketball buffs, that shot Miami east made against north Adams in the semis was good

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QuadCitiesBuckeye's picture

I also had a cousin on that team - the half-court buzzer-beater from Vince Littlejohn was pure magic. Still pissed at that hack of a sports anchor from ABC in Dayton had the balls to say - on air - that it never should have counted. After a furious letter-writing campaign he came to our school and apologized, admitting he was wrong -- no on-air retraction though.

Shandy is not beer

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buckskin's picture

YESSSSSS!!! Now ditch the atmosphere killer and go home.

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Banks of olentangy's picture

I was there in ‘96. Didnt get into the first game but I remember n Adams playing in it. Went to the second game which was a “10” in state tourney ticket lingo because it was the 10th game of the tourney. Orrville vs without looking it up,  Ottawa glandorf I believe. Real cool to be there. It’s a once in a lifetime experience if your team makes it there. They need to leave St. John up for a long time.

Banks of olentangy

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keeponbraxtonmebabe's picture

Yes. 1996 Orrville Vs. Ottawa Glandorf. Orrville got out to a big halftime lead and OG cut it to two with mere seconds to play. The place was downright electric. I had been to numerous games at St. John and the only time I heard it louder than 1996 was in 1993 when Ohio State upset Indiana.

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brutusbro's picture

Definitely OG, wanted to see them play(from Putnam county), was a hell of a team, but orriville deserved the repeat(I believe). Miami east upset another local team, undefeated and ranked #1 archbold, in the finals.

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QuadCitiesBuckeye's picture

Miami east upset another local team, undefeated and ranked #1 archbold, in the finals.

That was a fun game, we were unranked with a 19-7 record and managed to upset Archbold 58-53. The whole game is on YouTube if you're feeling nostalgic (I can be briefly seen in the crowd shot at 5:07):

Shandy is not beer

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brutusbro's picture

Rewatched it about a year ago. Still feel bad for Preston that game getting into foul trouble. The Lima news also had an article saying littlejohns never should have counted

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buckeyenut74's picture

The Schott. doesn’t even compare to St. John. Take the entire season back to St. John and be done with it. By far the best place to watch a basketball game and it’s not close. 

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ibuck's picture

Yep. At a Buckeye hoops game one should be standing up so much & cheering/applauding that one shouldn't really notice the wooden seats, not dozing in a comfy chair.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

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stantmann's picture

St Johns was dumped on by most people my entire life, we need something new was the motto, we need something bigger, we need something shinier, this place is a dump, we're too high, our view is blocked, we don't have the cool stuff like other arenas.

Finally they get The Schott, we need St John Arena back, it was better, it was classic. It is hard to satisfy The Mob, people are fickle. You remember the good, not the bad.

Older seems to always be better, it's why we still like 70's and 80's music, but if we never left St John, we'd still be hearing the same complaints about it. 

"When you're part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they'd do the same for you." Yogi Berra

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Sav45age's picture

The Schott is pretty nice, but Value City Arena is terrible.

St. John has an ugly facade, but the arena inside is basketball heaven.

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NorthPoleBuckeye's picture

To get a true home court advantage feel, the team should play all games at St John.

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PhillyBuckeye27's picture

When I was in school in the early 90’s, that was the place to be. The Jimmy Jackson years. Still remember that IU game when we won in OT. Man was that incredible. 

Happy to see it’s going to remain open and viable. Hope someday soon I can get back there and see a game. Be great to be able to go to another game with my Dad. 

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Monclovabuckeye's picture

I was sitting in the third row of the balcony for that game. When JJ tipped in the basket to send it to OT, the balcony was shaking!

The only problem with St. John, is if Chris Holtman takes the Buckeyes where I think he will, many more than 13,276 fans will want to see the games.

I don't give a damn for the whole state of Xichigan.

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Dominus's picture

I hadn't thought about that but I agree that, if Chris Holtman takes the Buckeyes where I too think he will, many more than 13,276 fans will want to see the games.

I live in NYC right now, but I would love to go back "home" and watch the Basketball Buckeyes win one at nostalgic St. John Arena.

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PhillyBuckeye27's picture

My buddy gave me a ticket to that game for $5 bucks - to this day something I still remember and also the greatest $5 bucks I’ve ever spent!!!!

I hope you’re right about Chris. I also wish we could tear VCA down and build something with some character. It’s a cavernous eyesore. Thanks Andy Geiger - that eyesore will be your legacy for the next 40-50 years. 

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AWC 89's picture

The first game I saw was Lucas et al in their final home game their senior year against Indiana. The Bucks dropped a hundred on the Hoosiers.  When I walked into the arena, the only thing comparable, in my mind, was when Dorothy woke up from the tornado and found herself in a colorized land of OZ.  I then got to see every home game of Gary Bradds during my freshman and sophomore years at OSU.

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Dillon G's picture

A lot of tears are shed on that court through the years when a team wins, and one loses in the state tournament.

Unfortunately for me, we were on the losing end.

#walkaway

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SilverBullet33's picture

I feel your pain.  I'm a Canton McKinley Alum...we're 3-8 in state title games.

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Dillon G's picture

I was in third grade during my developmental loss.

#walkaway

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Dillon G's picture

I watched Jim Jackson hand them a regular season loss at what was called John F Savage Hall. Bill Robinson was on that team. Toledo used to host a lot of basketball like that. There was another game, with a team from Chicago and Uwe Blab was on their roster. He ended up going to Indiana when Bob Knight was still the coach there. I don't remember who the third team was.

#walkaway

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

Glad to see the OHSAA Final Four moving back there.  Got to watch our HS girls team win a semifinals game there in '87 only to lose to Princeton in the finals.  Good memories and a great atmosphere.

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
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Michael_Bluth's picture

My wife looking at me reading this article like ....

 
Tears of beauty, my dear. Tears of beauty
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Buckeye Bill's picture

Music to my ears! I watched Northwestern High School win the Class A state championship in SJA in the 50's. My first time ever out of Wayne County. It was the first of many great memories in that venerable arena. Love that it's making a comeback!

"Bring back St John"

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AWC 89's picture

Dean Chance was the star on that Northwestern team.

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Buckeye Bill's picture

Yep, right around that same time we were state champs in baseball too.

"Bring back St John"

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stxbuck's picture

I saw tOSU play PSU in St. John when I was a frosh at tOSU. Greg Simpson, Killer Macon, all of Ayers rascals................

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buckeyetodd92's picture

Just give us a price tag for how much it will take to fix the place up right and we'll have a Go Fund Me fully funded in a week -- assuming it means the basketball teams move out of that AWFUL Schottenstein Arena. 

I saw Grady Mateen have a great game at St. John. The place is magic.

Bring it back.

True story: I served ribs to John Cooper.

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Buck61's picture

One big issue for St. John is how to placate todays high dollar donor crowd, there are no luxury suites, wooden bleacher seating on the floor level and no cushioned seating in arena. The may be able to put a few luxury type seats near the court and behind the baseline , but those numbers would be in the hundreds.

People and companies who spend the big bucks want the amenities.

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MyaBucks609's picture

gotta wear the short shorts to go with the court and vibes

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puddy's picture

Holtmann is making all the right moves ; upgraded non conf schedule and more games in St. John. Thank you,Coach

puddy

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