Nationwide Arena Columbus Ohio and the Amped-Up Columbus Blue Jackets
Rated the best arena in the NHL, Nationwide Arena Columbus Ohio is located right in the middle of downtown in what is called, the Arena District, and for a good reason.
It's just down the street from Huntington Park, home of the AAA minor league baseball team, Columbus Clippers and across the street from Arch Park.
The arena is very fan-friendly and a great place to make a day of the entire experience. The Arena District is filled with restaurants, shops, hotels and everything to make your trip an enjoyable experience.
The only real negative was in the upper bowl seats. They were at best snug and were maybe 14" wide seats. They have armrests with cupholders to put your drink in, but if it's used, one won't have a lot of room to put their arms without having them squeezed into one's lap.
2010 Home Opener vs. the Chicago Blackhawks
Columbus Blue Jackets Faceoff with the Chicago Blackhawks
TicketsMany of the games tend to sellout. The hometown residence love their hockey and support their team. In fact, if you go to a game at the Nationwide Arena Columbus Ohio and want to get tickets for another game, you'll find kiosks, but there are no ticket windows.
The kiosks can be cumbersome and not very user-friendly. You also aren't able to pick the seats you might want, but rather just the section.
If you want to get tickets ahead of time, click here for the Columbus Blue Jackets schedule where you can find tickets for your game.
The team does offer $10 tickets the day of the game. These are available one hour before game time with a total of 250 tickets that can be purchased. There are a limit to the number that can be purchased per person as well.
Columbus Blue Jackets $10 ticket line
Nearby Restaurants…There are a number of restaurants near the Nationwide arena, Columbus, Ohio. Buca di Beppos is more or less right outside the doors to the arena.
It's a nice location, especially if you're running late, you won't have far to walk to get to your seats. And, it's really nice if you're going to a game when it's cold outside!
A stage for a band and pre-game party area is setup in front of the main entrance to the Nationwide Arena. The area is setup with large-screen TV monitors that play highlights of Columbus Blue Jackets games and music on the loud speakers. It's a fun party atmosphere!
O'Shaughnessy's Public House is another nearby restaurant that would be a good choice. On warmer days, they have outdoor seating.
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant is very close to the arena. They have a restaurant and brewery on-site. It's a good choice if you like to try a variety of beers before or after a Blue Jackets hockey game.
If you have the time and can get downtown early enough around the Nationwide Arena Columbus Ohio, you might want to walk a couple of blocks to the North Market. It's worth the trip.
They describe themselves as "fabulous foodies, persnickety purveyors and artful artisans under one 44,000-square-foot roof peddling the fresh, the tasty, the exotic, the beautiful and the special".
The 2010 NHL season began the 10th year that the Columbus Blue Jackets have been a team in the NHL
The Blue Jackets fans love and support their team. You'll find a large number of fans in attendance wearing jersey's or shirts in support of the team. Some will even wear facepaint in the teams colors or Halloween masks with wigs in the blue and red to show their support.
ParkingParking lots right next to the arena go for $15 for the game. If you walk just a couple of blocks you can find many more lots for $5. There area a couple of places where you can find free street parking, but there aren't many.
Arch Park, across the street from Nationwide Arena Columbus Ohio.
Seating CapacityFor Blue Jackets hockey games, Nationwide Arena Columbus Ohio seats 18,500 people.
For Arena Football games it will seat 17,171 people.
The basketball configuration is setup to seat 19,500 people, while concerts will seat 21,000 people.
At the arenaInside the Nationwide Arena Columbus Ohio is a smaller hockey rink that the Blue Jackets use as a practice rink, called the Dispatch IceHaus.
When the team isn't using the practice rink it is open to the public for use as well as youth hockey games.
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