Nationwide Arena Security Policy
In response to the need for heightened security procedures, Nationwide Arena has implemented the following policies to ensure a safe, enjoyable event experience for all guests.
All Guests are Subject to Search
All jackets and bags will be searched upon entry. While backpacks are prohibited, purses, diaper bags and other personal bags larger than 14x8x14will be directed to a separate line for a more thorough search. Guests in this line are asked to be prepared to possibly take items out of their bags. All other bags or purses smaller than 14x8x14 will be allowed in through the normal gates and subject to the standard bag search procedures.
In the event that prohibited items are revealed during a search, the guest will be permitted to return to their vehicle with the item or the item will be confiscated and destroyed. Nationwide Arena will not safeguard any personal belongings or items of any type. Nationwide Arena management has the sole right to determine the type of pre-event screening.
NHL Game Search Procedures and Conduct
In addition to all normal building search procedures and prohibited items, all guests coming to Columbus Blue Jackets games will be asked to comply with NHL security requirements, including asking all guests to remove their hat, empty all metal from pockets and present to security, and be subject to wanding by building security staff. If anyone refuses these search procedures, they may be denied entry into the venue.
All fans are also required to follow the NHL Fan Code of Conduct. Click here to read the Code in its entirety. Failure to comply with the NHL Fan Code of Conduct can be denied access and/or removed from the venue.
Guests may not bring the following items into Nationwide Arena:
In the event that items are revealed during a search, the guest will be permitted to return to their vehicle with the item or the item will be confiscated. Nationwide Arena will not safeguard any personal belongings or items of any type. Nationwide Arena management has the sole right to determine the type of pre-event screening.
Nationwide Arena management reserves the right to make the final determination on prohibited items. In the event that prohibited items are revealed in a search, items will be confiscated or guests may return them to their cars before re-entering the building.
Due to the fact that these security measures may cause slight delays, fans are encouraged to arrive early to allow adequate time to enter the building.
Thank you for your cooperation.