Archbold, OH

Fortress Obetz New Host Of Cross Country State Championships

The Ohio High School Athletic Association cross country state championships are moving to Fortress Obetz.

Fortress Obetz is a 50- acre multi-purpose sports complex with a 6,500-seat grandstand in Obetz on the southeast side of Columbus.

It opened in 2017 on the former site of the Columbus Motor Speedway.

The racing that will now take place there in early November represents one of the largest high school cross country events in the country, with more than 11,000 fans.

Much of the course will be visible from the 6,500-seat grandstand, which will lead to a greater experience for fans and participants.

Fortress Obetz was built to host sporting events, concerts, festivals and more. It was the home of the Ohio Machine professional lacrosse team from 2017-19.

The facility has five video boards, concessions, restrooms and a huge parking lot.

The grandstand includes 1,100 flip-down seats, 2,000 bench-back seats and 3,400 bleacher seats.