Nationwide Arena (Columbus Blue Jackets Stadium)

Nationwide Arena, located in Columbus, Ohio, opened for business on September 9th, 2000, and is the home of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets.  Built on the site that was once occupied by the Ohio Penitentiary which called world-famous author O. Henry a resident for a while, the area is now the Arena District of the city.   Columbus is the capital of Ohio and the arena serves as the center of an entertainment district located about a half-mile north of the Statehouse. 

The Columbus Blue Jackets were added as an expansion team in the NHL’s Eastern Conference in 2000.  Although they have shown flashes of greatness on trips to the playoffs, the Jackets have failed to advance very far into the postseason and have not won a championship as of yet.  Blue Jackets’ players have won many individual awards in their relatively short history, including the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, the Vezina Trophy, the Calder Memorial Trophy, and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.  

How many seats are in Nationwide Arena

Nationwide Arena has seating for 18,500 Columbus Blue Jackets fans, which are divided into two larger sections, the 100s and 200s, and a smaller club section.  There are also premium seating areas including Party Towers, suites, terrace tables, and loge boxes.  For basketball games, the arena seats 1,000 more guests and for concerts, the capacity is up to 20,000 visitors. 


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Directions – How to get to Nationwide Arena

Nationwide Arena is located at 200 West Nationwide Boulevard in Columbus, Ohio, and is easy to reach by using either I-70 or I-71.  Visitors can then take either Neil Street or Front Street to Nationwide Boulevard.  Fans can also travel via bus as part of the CODA system.  Buses on the 3, 6, 8, 9, 72, and 74 all stop at or near the arena.  

Where to Park near Nationwide Arena?

You can purchase your parking in advance or pay on the spot for Columbus Blue Jackets games.  Columbus boasts over 15,000 parking spots within easy walking distance of Nationwide Arena.  There is parking in all directions from the arena, so it’s easy to park towards the way you’ll want to go once the game is over. Parking near the arena is fairly affordable compared to a lot of venues around the league, but one trick is to dine at select Arena District restaurants and park for only $3 for the first two hours. 

We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservations app.

To reserve your parking spot, visit the Columbus Blue Jackets SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

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Other Nationwide Arena FAQs

Why are the Columbus Blue Jackets called that?

The City of Columbus chose the name “Blue Jackets” to celebrate patriotism, pride, and the rich Civil War history in Ohio and the city itself.

What is the Nationwide Arena Health & Safety Information? (related to COVID)

According to the Nationwide Arena website, here is what fans can expect as this season opens for the Blue Jackets: Face Coverings/masks are required for all guests age 3+.  A mask will be provided if needed.  Status on masks and all health and safety protocols including possibility of vaccine/COVID test requirements is subject to change.  Additionally, management has made some changes around the arena to help insure everyone’s health and safety.  Some of these are contactless walk-thru security screenings. cashless concession stands, a no bag policy, and sanitization stations throughout the venue. 

How much is a Columbus Blue Jackets hockey ticket?

As with other NHL franchises, Columbus Blue Jackets tickets for games at Nationwide Arena are available on the primary and secondary market.  For a typical regular-season game, prices can be as low as $17, depending on the matchup.  The arena is divided into two main seating sections with a club level in between.  There are also standing room-only sections to choose from, too. 

What hockey teams play at the Nationwide Arena?

The Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division Columbus Blue Jackets play their home games at Nationwide Arena. 

Who owns the Nationwide Arena?

Nationwide Arena is owned by Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority and operated by Columbus Arena Management. 

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