Located on the corner of Nationwide Boulevard and Front Street in downtown Columbus, Nationwide Arena was built on a piece of property that was the site of the historic Ohio State Penitentiary.
Nationwide Arena is the centerpiece of the downtown Arena District featuring an exciting mixture of restaurants, business, entertainment and residential space that attracts visitors from across the country. Come Early - Stay Late.
The flexible venue hosts a wide variety of events including concerts, family shows, ice shows, NCAA Athletic Championships, convention business and corporate meetings.
Working at Nationwide Arena is an exciting and rewarding experience. We want YOU to join our amazing team.
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Arena Size: 684,000 total square feet in the main arena; 110,000 total square feet in the OhioHealth Ice Haus - the 1st attached practice facility in the NHL.
1st Event: "Soul 2 Soul" Tour featuring Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, September 9 & 10, 2000
1st Blue Jackets Exhibition Game: September 20, 2000 vs. Detroit Red Wings
1st Blue Jackets Regular Season Game: October 7, 2000 vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Capacities: 18,500 for hockey; 19,500 for basketball; up to 20,000 for concerts.
- 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