Nationwide Arena

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Nationwide Arena
Nationwide Arena logo
Nationwide Arena in Columbus (2005)
Nationwide Arena in Columbus (2005)
place 200 West Nationwide Boulevard Columbus , Ohio 43215
United StatesUnited States
Coordinates 39 ° 58 '9.5 "  N , 83 ° 0' 21.8"  W Coordinates: 39 ° 58 '9.5 "  N , 83 ° 0' 21.8"  W.
owner Nationwide Financial Services
operator Columbus Blue Jackets / SMG
start of building May 26, 1998
opening September 9, 2000
surface Parquet
ice surface
costs 175 million US dollars
architect 360 ° Architecture (formerly: Heinlein Schrock Stearns)
capacity 18,136 seats (ice hockey)
17,171 seats (arena football)
19,500 seats (basketball)
20,000 seats (concert)
playing area NHL ice hockey
60.96 × 25.91 m (200 × 85 ft)

The Nationwide Arena is a multi-purpose arena in the US city ​​of Columbus in the state of Ohio .


The hall opened in 2000 and has since been home to the Columbus Blue Jackets , a franchise from the National Hockey League (NHL). The building was partly on the site of the former prison Ohio Penitentiary built.

Other sports teams used the multi-purpose hall. The Columbus Landsharks ( NLL ) lacrosse team was based in the arena from 2001 to 2003. From 2004 to 2008, the Columbus Destroyers from the Arena Football League (AFL) played their home games here. In 2006, a new junior ice hockey team, the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets , was founded, which played in the United States Hockey League (USHL) and also played in the Nationwide Arena until it was dissolved in 2008.

The building is named after the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company , whose headquarters are not far from the arena. Nationwide's real estate division, Nationwide Realty Investors, funded and developed the arena project - making the arena one of the few purely privately financed in the United States.

The arena offers 18,136 spectators for ice hockey games, 17,171 for football games, 19,350 for basketball games and up to 20,000 for concerts. The death of 13-year-old Brittanie Cecil , who succumbed to injuries from an ice hockey puck during a game of the Blue Jackets against the Calgary Flames , led to the introduction of nylon nets above the Plexiglas panes in all stadiums of the NHL, AHL and ECHL in the summer of 2002 .

The area surrounding Nationwide Arena, known as the Arena District , is home to a variety of bars, clubs and a cinema. The Lifestyle Communities Pavilion (concert hall) and the Arena Grand Theater are also in the immediate vicinity .

Inside the Nationwide Arena is another small ice rink called the Dispatch IceHaus (formerly CoreComm IceHaus). This is used for training the blue jackets , training for youngsters and public ice skating. The second ice rink makes the Nationwide Arena the only NHL arena with its own training ice rink.

In 2002, the King of the Ring wrestling tournament was held in the arena by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and WWE Bad Blood in 2004 . On January 25, 2015, the 60th National Hockey League All-Star Game took place in the arena .


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