The University of Dayton Arena was chosen to host the OHSAA Girls Basketball Final 4 and Finals for the next 3 years. This will mark only the second time that the Girls Basketball Tournament Finals have been played away from the Ohio State University campus. OSU’s Schottenstein Center and St Johns Arena have hosted the Finals for 44 out of the last 45 years. The University of Akron hosted it in 1986. St Johns Arena was to host the finals in 2019 after having played the finals at Schottenstein almost every year since 2000 (2005 it was held at St Johns arena due to a OSU hosting the men’s hockey conference tournament).
The University of Dayton Arena was renovated in 2019 and plays host to the NCAA First Four Men’s Basketball Tournament games. UD Arena seats over 13,000 people putting it in line with St Johns Arena size wise. It has hosted 125 NCAA tournament games, the most of any site. It has the Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament along with numerous OHSAA High School Tournament games.
The 2021 OHSAA Girls Basketball Finals will be held March 11-13 at the UD Arena. The 2021 OHSAA Boys Basketball Finals will be held March 18-21 at OSU’s St Johns Arena. No host site for the Boys Finals has been announced past the 2021 season.
–Mike Jones, Sportswriter