After years of planning and construction, Ohio State is about to roll out the wrestling mat -- and the welcome mat -- as the Buckeyes will host Stanford at their brand-new home, Covelli Center, on Saturday, November 10.
Ohio State wrestling revealed the date and opponent for that inaugural wrestling event at Covelli Center on its official Twitter account this weekend. https://twitter.com/wrestlingbucks
The new facility -- which will also be the new home for Ohio State gymnastics and volleyball programs as well as wrestling -- will be located on Fred Taylor Drive, just north of Schottenstein Center arena and the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. All three sports had been using St. John Arena, the 12,000-seat arena built in 1956 across Lane Avenue from the iconic Ohio Stadium, home to Ohio State football.
Covelli Center will provide Ohio State wrestling with a more intimate, fan-friendly competitive venue ... and a state-of-the-art workout facility.
The arena portion will seat 3,700 fans, with retractable bleachers to add even more seating to bring the audience closer to the action on the mat. The facility will feature a video board stretching nearly the length of the floor. There will be concessions and restrooms located on the concourse surrounding the arena space.
Covelli Center also includes the Jennings Wrestling Facility, which occupies two levels. The main level features a practice area with five full-size wrestling mats, along with workout equipment ... while the upper level includes coaches' offices, meeting room, and alumni lounge.
Construction on Covelli Center is expected to be completed at the end of next week, according to the Fox affiliate in Columbus. The first sports event slated for Covelli Center will be a women's volleyball tournament beginning August 30.