OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament to create traffic woes this weekend

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It’s another busy weekend in Columbus, Ohio. The OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament is being held at the Schottenstein Center until Saturday night.

Luckily, OSU spring break starts Friday so officials tell us parking won’t be as much of a headache this weekend. But even so, many visitors to the area came prepared for anything.

“You just know coming down here to give yourself a lot of time,” said Ontario native, Amy Kroll. 

Amy has been coming into town for the past 10 years.

Her husband is a wrestling coach and is always involved in the state tournament.

She understands the drill.

“At 6:30 when the next session comes, it opens up because the kids and facility will be off campus so the lots open up,” said Kroll.

But for those who don’t know it’s spring break, they didn’t even want to take a risk. 

“We managed to Uber from our hotel,” said Garretsville native, John Hoffman. “So that took parking out of the question.”

Overall, aside from construction across the city and campus, most people are pleased with their experience. 

“The campus does a good job of sectioning off people and dividing parking and obviously with the crosswalks, we have a lot of police officers helping out,” noted Nick Girlie from Defiance, Ohio. 

If you are worried about parking but want to drive, there is an overflow lot at Kohl’s with a shuttle.

Scott Dickenson, senior director of Event Services at Schottenstein, said the weekend you should be concerned about will be in two weeks when the Boys State Basketball Championship comes to town.

But either way, rideshare services or a carpool are always a great way to avoid a parking headache. 

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