Ohio State's lacrosse teams are getting their own stadium.
On Thursday, Ohio State's board of trustees approved the construction of a new lacrosse-specific stadium in Ohio State's athletic district that will serve as the new home of the Ohio State men's and women's lacrosse teams beginning in the 2023 season.
The new lacrosse stadium will be in the heart of the athletics district and feature a heated and lighted field, press box with broadcast facilities, indoor shooting room & fan observation deck.— Ohio State Men's LAX (@OhioStateMLAX) August 19, 2021
It has a planned completion date of November 2022. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/9mSBVdfnsA
The new stadium, which will be located between the Ty Tucker Tennis Center and the Jennings Wrestling Facility, will have a seating capacity of 2,000 and include a heated and lighted field, press box with broadcast facilities and an indoor shooting room. The new stadium, which has not yet been named, will cost $21.5 million.
Construction is scheduled to begin this November and is expected to be complete in November 2022, in time to host games in the spring of 2023.
Ohio State's lacrosse teams currently share facilities with the football program, as they play their games at Ohio Stadium and Woody Hayes Athletic Center, but will now have a facility of their own.
“I’m excited for our lacrosse teams to have a state-of-the-art facility dedicated exclusively to lacrosse,” senior deputy athletic director Janine Oman said in a statement. “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.”
Ohio State men's lacrosse coach Nick Myers and women's lacrosse coach Amy Bokker both expressed excitement about the new stadium following the announcement.
Historic day for @OhioStateMLAX Very grateful for all the people who made this a reality! Thank you! A special thanks to @OSU_AD @Cloranosu & their teams for the incredible support! Time to build a stadium #GoBucks #YouWinWithPeople https://t.co/BWVHyu7oeW— Nick Myers (@MyersJMZ) August 19, 2021
“This is very positive news and the next big next step in efforts to build a home for Buckeye lacrosse,” Myers said. “The stadium is going to be like no other in college lacrosse. We are really looking forward to seeing our new home come to life over the next 15 months.”
“Our team is fired up and full of so much pride surrounding the opportunity to represent Buckeye Nation in this new, state-of-the-art facility,” Bokker said. “This will make such a positive impact for our student-athletes and the future of our program.”