Nationwide Arena opened just in time for the 2000-2001 NHL season. It is the home to the Columbus Blue Jackets which is one of 30 teams in the NHL. It also the home of the Columbus Destroyers (Arena Football), the Columbus Landsharks (Lacrosse) and host the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets (Tier 1 Hockey).
Location – 200 West Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215. (Which is also known as the Arena District.)
Opened – 2000
Owners – Nationwide Financial Services
Construction Cost – $175 million
Capacity – 18,144
ESPN The Magazine declared “the No. 2 stadium experience in professional sports.”
The Ultimate Sports Road Trip rated it the best arena in the NHL saying “This newer arena in downtown Columbus is the anchor for the emerging Arena District, already burgeoning with shops, restaurants and hotels. The venue is spectacular, from its nostalgic brick and stone veneer to its sweeping concourses with blue mood lighting and modern amenities. The arena bowl has state of the art scoreboards and surround LED graphics boards which look 21st century high tech. With a separate practice rink built right in the facility, theme restaurants and great food selection, not to mention a raucous hockey atmosphere, this NHL venue is a must see!”