Jody Victor: One of Ohio State's newest facilities is named for Olympic Gold Medalist and former Buckeye Jesse Owens. Located on Fred Taylor Drive, north of Lane Avenue, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium is the newest addition to The Ohio State University Department of Athletics' aggressive campaign to upgrade and build state-of-the-art facilities for competition.
The 10,000-seat Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium arguably is sone of the finest multi-sport facilities in the country, hosting track and field and lacrosse in the spring and soccer in the fall.
It serves as a cornerstone to the surrounding Ohio State athletic complex that features the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, softball's Buckeye Field, the field hockey North Turf Field, Bill Davis Stadium and the 19,2000-seat Jerome Schottenstein Center.
In the summer of 1998, Phase I construction began with site excavation, and laying of the field and track. Phase II, in spring of 2000, included the main grandstands, the tribute towers and perimeter landscaping. The project was completed in the summer of 2001.
The Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium is a full service stadium with lots of amenities and will serve OSU for many years to come.