Realistically? Umm, no...not even close.
The number one thing the Schott does that SJA can’t is bring in revenue for the program and the athletic dept.
When you start looking at these decision as a business not a fan then it’s a really easy to see.
The reason OSU has a pro arena compared to a college arena is because it’s a pro size town. When I say that I really refer to all the businesses that are headquartered or have operations here. OSU can’t afford to leave $$&s from Nationwide, L Brands, Huntington, Chase, etc. on the table and you can’t service their needs at SJA. At the end of the day their $$$s are more important to the program/dept than the atmosphere.
Issues you would have to deal with to leave the Schott:
1. Remaining debt on the building and practice facilities
2. New debt on renovating SJA or new building
3. Moving existing Suite and PSL contracts to SJA or new arena
4. Make changes to long term comprehensive plan for campus
Look the Schott is not perfect, but if you using it as a scapegoat for not being a big OSU b-ball fan than you’re just looking for a reason. That place can be loud and intimidating. Before we start changing buildings let’s start getting long term support for the basketball program. Lets work on things we can actually do first.