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Keeping the Schott Hot is No Easy Feat

COLUMBUS (Ben Garbarek)  -- The Buckeye Men's Basketball Team might be ice cold, but the Schott is still hot.  Keeping the temperature warm inside isn't as easy as it might seem.

Building engineers try to keep it a cozy 68 degrees inside the building during men's basketball games.  That can be tricky when it's 60 degrees colder outside. 

"We try to make sure the building is comfortable when (the fans) come in," said Building Engineer Michael Damas.  "We don't want to super heat it or super cool it with nobody in the building and then you have 15,000 to 19,000 guests in here for a basketball game."

Fans pouring in let cold air from outside come in.  The number of people in the stands and even the lights being used inside can have a big effect on the temperature.

"You can tell the difference depending on the crowd," he said.  "If it's a full sellout, it is a little warmer in here."

Damas has to keep track of more then 200 thermostats around the building.  Every room from the locker room to office space to the basketball floor should be the same temperature.

"It's similar to being at home," Damas said.  "You want a nice, comfortable temperature for everyone that's here.  There's a science to it.  There's also an art."

The temperature can change depending on which event is going on.  Women's basketball games are set for 70 degrees, two more than men's.  Then the temperature is dropped about 15 degrees for hockey games.

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