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The Ohio State University

Covelli Multi-Sport Arena

Project Description

The Covelli Center maximizes efficiency and achieves the strategic goals of the University by consolidating multiple sports into one venue.

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Design Features

The LEED Silver Certified Covelli Center pairs abundant natural daylight with specialized sports lighting to eliminate glare  and reduce energy consumption. Environmental graphic design creates a dynamic and energetic atmosphere by embracing the Scarlet and Gray and what it means to be a Buckeye. The Covelli Center can be thought of as two buildings, one housing the arena and the other a state-of-the-art wrestling and training facility, which can be operated independently. Operationally, the arena can accommodate multiple flooring layouts including wrestling, volleyball, gymnastics, fencing, basketball, boxing and concert events by way of retractable seating on all four sides with flexible storage solutions.

For universal access, the arena was designed with the main concourse level with the surrounding site, by which spectators descend into a lower bowl. This allows the arena to have a lower pedestrian friendly campus profile as half the building volume of the facility is below grade. The bow of the roof structure just over the seating bowl defines and highlights the core event space, and gives the sense of larger arena venue experience.

Moody Nolan collaborated with Populous for the design of this multi-sport facility.