Sorry, but it is not correct to say that a new ice rink is "technically unnecessary" because of the existence of the Schott. Firstly, the Schott is not available as a practice facility for either mens's or women's hockey teams - they have to commute to the old Ice Rink for that. Secondly, the Schott is unavailable for games late in the season, as the OHSAA tournaments apparently take precedence. Our hockey team has to play either at Nationwide, or in the 1,500 seat Ice Rink, a facility now completely inappropriate for B1G or NCAA games. A new hockey arena takes care of both these problems although, given that hockey routinely draws 5,000 - 8,000 in the Schott, is a 4,000 seat arena is really big enough?
A more serious question is whether a new hockey facility now paves the way for OSU to tear down the entire French Field House - St. John Arena - Ice Rink complex for its next rebuilding phase. If that happens, where does the Saturday Skull Session with TBDBITL go? There is nowhere either close enough or big enough to hold the 10,000+ that regularly pack St. John for this. One more OSU tradition thrown out of the window?