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Nationwide Arena

Opened:Sept. 9, 2000Home Team:Columbus Blue Jackets
Owner:Franklin County Convention Facilities AuthorityCapacity:18,5000
Location:200 West Nationwide Boulevard, Columbus, OHFormer Names:

Nationwide Arena is a multi-purpose arena in the Arena District of Columbus, Ohio. Since its completion in 2000, the arena has been the home of the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). It is one of two facilities in Columbus, along with Greater Columbus Convention Center, that hosts events during the annual Arnold Classic, a sports and fitness event hosted by actor, bodybuilder, and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Columbus Blue Jackets
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio (Natalie Lutz/Flickr)

First Game

  • Oct. 7, 2000 – Blue Jackets vs. Chicago Blackhawks (5-3 loss)

Notable Events

  • NHL Entry Draft – 2007
  • NHL All-Star Game – 2015
  • NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament (round one and two) – 2004, 2007, 2012, 2015, 2019
  • UFC 68, UFC 82, UFC 96
  • WWE King of the Ring – 2012