Although football will always reign supreme at Ohio State, the athletic department has never been afraid to invest in facilities for both revenue and non-revenue sports. The facilities are constantly being updated and refurbished, from the new Covelli Center, which accommodates Olympic sports, to Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
In lacrosse, you’re invited to participate in that discussion.
The Ohio State Board of Trustees has approved construction for a sleek new home for both the men’s and women’s lacrosse programs, according to a release from the Ohio State Department of Athletics.
The stadium would be erected between the Ty Tucker Tennis Center and the Jennings Wrestling Facility, according to the project (another new creation). It will seat 2,000 people and feature a heated and illuminated field, a press box with broadcasting capabilities, and an indoor shooting area.
“I’m excited for our lacrosse teams to have a state-of-the-art facility dedicated exclusively to lacrosse,” said Janine Oman, senior deputy athletic director, Senior Women’s Administrator and sport administrator for the men’s and women’s lacrosse programs 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. We’ll also have the chance to tell the unique story of our two programs through their history, tradition and brand. This is a great day for Ohio State and for our lacrosse programs.”
⭐️ 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 project’s construction is set to begin in November, with an estimated completion date of November 2022. The project will be managed by Ruscilli Construction and will cost $21.5 million. It will continue the construction bonanza that has become known as the Athletic District.
The news delighted both the men’s and women’s head coaches.
“This is very positive news and the next big next step in efforts to build a home for Buckeye lacrosse,” said head men’s lacrosse coach Nick Myers. “We are so grateful for all the people that have believed and committed to supporting this project. The leadership of our administration through this process, especially Gene Smith and Janine Oman, has been remarkable and inspiring. We can’t thank them enough. 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.”
“We are so grateful for everyone who played a part in making the new home of Buckeye lacrosse a reality,” said head women’s lacrosse coach Amy Bokker. “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. This will make such a positive impact for our student-athletes and the future of our program. Go Buckeyes!”
This should be a terrific addition to what are already some of the country’s best sporting facilities.
Source: MSN Sports