Ohio State looking to build smaller arena for men’s, women’s teams?

In a published report in the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State has reportedly requested bids to construct a new arena for its men’s and women’s hockey teams.

Shaun Richard, OSU’s associate athletic director who handles hockey, said that the bids do not mean that an arena will be built soon – or ever.

“We’re more just doing our homework to get some numbers and get some concrete information for if we were to take that next step and do something,” Richard said to the Dispatch. “We are not committed to doing this at all. We have no money committed at all. We have no site picked out.

“It’s just something we want to look at. No timelines, no nothing, but hopefully some good information coming back so we can make some good decisions in the future.”

If a new arena is built, it would have a seating capacity of 4,000 and would include two rinks – one for the D-I teams and the other for intramurals and recreation sports.