Quick Facts

Arena Size: 685,000 total square feet in the main arena; 110,000 total square feet in attached practice facility, the OhioHealth Ice Haus.
Total Project Size: 800,000 square feet (includes practice rink, office and retail space)
Seating Capacities: 18,144 for hockey; 19,500 for basketball; up to 20,000 for concerts.
Premium Seating: 16 Founders Suites, 36 Executive Suites, 26 loge boxes, 39 Club Terrace Tables, 6 Party Suites
Levels: 6 Levels: Event Level, Main Concourse, Club Level, Suite Level, Upper Concourse, Press Level
Unique Features: Two 80-foot party suite towers anchor the arena's stage end. Each tower represents three suites for a total of six suites. Party tower suites, seating between 24-48 people, are available for rent during hockey games and family shows.

A 70-foot glass-enclosed atrium, open lobbies and concourses allow guests to immediately feel part of the action.

A 135-foot light tower will illuminate the downtown Columbus sky to signal an event happening inside Nationwide Arena.


Structural Facts: 1.5 million labor hours expended
9,400 tons of steel
1.3 million bricks laid (exterior)
44 miles of pipe installed
300 miles of wire
40,000 cubic yards of concrete
12,000 gallons of paint
60,000 square feet of glass (exterior)
200,000 watts of power for audio/sound system
6,596 light fixtures


First Event: "Soul to Soul" Tour featuring Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, September 9 and 10, 2000
First Blue Jackets Exhibition Game: September 20, 2000 vs. Detroit Red Wings
First Blue Jackets Regular Season Game: October 7, 2000 vs. Chicago Blackhawks



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