COLUMBUS, Ohio–Fans of the Ohio State men’s basketball team who attend games at Value City Arena this season will notice several changes during the record 20-game home schedule in 2010-11. The season officially gets underway at 7 p.m. Friday at VCA in the first of four games in the Global Sports Invitational.
The biggest change to the arena this year is the location of the Ohio State student section. The seating location for students (Nuthouse) will be relocated to behind the team benches along the north side of the court. From baseline-to-baseline, 800 of the 1,400 total student season tickets will cheer on the Buckeyes.
The game vs. North Carolina A&T Friday (7 p.m.) will be the first for the students in the new location behind the benches (sections 104, 105, 106 and 107). Additional student seating (about 600 seats) will be located in the lower bowl in sections 110, 111 and 114. The new configuration will be set for all nine home Big Ten games as well, starting with the Minnesota game Jan. 9. Demand for the new seats was high with all 1,400 student tickets in the lower bowl being sold out in 75 minutes in mid-October.
For the remainder of the non-conference schedule, when students are not in session, the student seats will be available to the general public for $31. Fans can order these seats at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Other gameday highlights include new video elements and the utilization of new High Definition cameras for better quality replay on the in-house video boards.
The Ohio State video staff has produced a “Traditions” video that will premier during the non-conference schedule and then be retooled for the league slate. In-game video features also will include individual player features, fan interaction and interviews.
The Ohio State men’s basketball pep band will have a new look in January with new uniforms.
The Ohio State men’s basketball team has been a successful draw locally and nationally since Value City Arena opened for the 1998-99 season. Changes to the Value City Arena game day experience have been designed to celebrate Buckeye Basketball.
Value City Arena Attendance Notes:
*Ohio State has been among the Top 20 in national attendance figures in each of the 12 seasons the Buckeyes have played at Value City Arena.
*Ohio State has been among the Top 15 in nine of those years and among the Top 10 five times.
*More than 3 million fans have attended OSU games at VCA in 12 seasons
*The Buckeyes have won 85 percent of their home games at Value City Arena (171-30) entering this season.
*Ohio State was 18-0 at home in 2006-07 and 17-1 a season ago in 2009-10
*Thad Matta coached teams have lost only 10 games in six years at VCA while never winning fewer than 14 home games (94-10 at VCA total/90.4 winning pct.).