Judge To Decide Fate Of Hineygate-Type Party

UPDATED: Monday July 27, 2009 6:07 AM
The fate of a pre-game party on Lane Avenue is in the hands of a judge only weeks before the start of the Buckeyes' football season.

A lease dispute between a campus-area bar and Ohio State University may prevent organizers from hosting a tailgate party similar to the popular Hineygate events, 10TV's Kevin Landers reported.

Until this year, thousands of football fans gathered at the Holiday Inn on Lane to party before and after home games.

But when the university bought the Holiday Inn and turned it into a dormitory, the party came to an end.

Former Buckeye and NFL punter Tom Skladany wants to bring the party back, moving it next door to the parking lot of the Thirsty "I" bar, a place formerly known as Wendell's.

But there's a problem.

The bar sits on property owned by the university, and when the bar's owners failed to pay the rent on time, OSU began eviction proceedings.

In court filings, lawyers for the bar argued it is now current on its rent to the university.

An attorney for Ohio State said the late payments provide a valid cause for eviction.

In court on Thursday, the Thirsty "I" won its fight to force OSU to sign an alcohol permit to allow the bar to plan for OSU's first home game against Navy.

That would allow for a Hineygate-type party to continue to be held on Lane Avenue.

But a judge will make the final decision on the future of the party during an eviction hearing early next month.

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