Arena opened in late 2000 after being built from entirely private funds.
With a cost of approx. $150-million, the facility was unlike anything
previously existing in
scoring three quick goals in the first ten minutes of the game, the Blue
Jackets fell to defeat that night by a score of 5-3. That game sold out.
So did every game in the 2001-2002 regular season and most after that. The
arena’s official capacity is 18,136 although standing room areas and
other factors can potentially raise this number. The team has received a
startling amount of support in their first three years, an impressive feat
in a non-traditional hockey market and for a team that racked up 71, 57,
and 69 points respectively in their first three seasons.
building itself is state-of-the-art in every way, and stacks up against
newer arenas in Colorado, Minnesota, Toronto, Philadelphia, Atlanta and
elsewhere. The building has 78 suites situated between the lower and
upper-decks, and two stacks of “party suites”, each 3 levels high, in
the west end zone. The scoreboard is a 4-sided Diamondvision model with
dot matrix boards situated on the corners. An integrated Dot Matrix
display runs 75 percent of the way around the upper bowl, and is used to
display advertisements, special effects and more. The most unique feature
about Nationwide Arena- even more unique than the 130 foot light tower on
the building exterior or TWO 70 foot glass enclosed atriums- is the
CoreComm Ice Haus. The CoreComm Ice Haus is the team’s practice facility,
and it is attached to the arena and viewable through glass windows from
the concourse. Occasionally a high school or local league game will be
taking place at the same time as an NHL game only feet away.
the team has never made the playoffs and no meaningful banners yet hang
from the ceiling,
Seating chart of the arena:
Seating chart kindly provided by www.eishockey.com.
Adress of the team
200 W. Nationwide Blvd.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Coming from the north you have to take the I-71 south and follow it until you get to the "Spring Street" exit (# 109C). From there on go north until you make it to the Chestnut Street, turn left and follow the signs leading you to the "Event Parking".
From the south take the I-71 North and then the I-70 East until you get to the "Front Street" exist, there make a left turn into the "Front Street" and follow it until you get to the "Event Parking".
Links to the building and the team: