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2000, Ohio Stadium renovations
Ohio Stadium renovations, 2000

A new 'Shoe
The continuously rising demand for seats, and the increasing cost of stopgap repairs led the University to consider a more permanent makeover. Preliminary studies for a major renovation of Ohio Stadium began in late 1995. The $105 million, 19,500-seat Jerome Schottenstein Center - an ambitious undertaking for a basketball program whose home attendance averaged 8,000 - challenged administrators to do more than simply add seats with their planned $150 million renovation of the Stadium. In the summer of 2000, renovation became reconstruction. The playing field was sunk to create a new seating deck replacing the track surrounding the field. The 'Shoe also was also permanently enclosed at the south end, and seating above C deck was added, as was a 30-by-90-foot scoreboard. Support for CC deck and new fan accommodations were provided by adding a shell of columns to the Stadium's exterior. Construction continued through the 2000 season, and by kickoff 2001, Ohio Stadium seated 99,000 fans. The total cost of the renovation - none of which came from student or university funds - totaled $194 million. Read more


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