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Nationwide Arena
Columbus, Ohio, USA

“There is nothing more important to our organization than ensuring that our fans enjoy their experience attending Blue Jackets games at Nationwide Arena.”

Michael Humes
Former senior vice president of business operations, Columbus Blue Jackets

Nationwide Arena is a landmark building for Columbus and a focal point for the 100-acre Arena District.

As the centerpiece of the country’s first fully integrated mixed-use sports and entertainment district, the 18,500-seat arena is an innovative venue that provides a great game-day experience for fans. Home to the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets, the arena also hosts a variety of entertainment events.

Recalling traditional open-air stadium design, the open concourses and lobbies give fans views of the seating bowl and the surrounding Arena District. To preserve the Arena District’s distinctive context, glass is used together with brick and steel.

The seating bowl offers unique sponsorship opportunities for the NHL’s Blue Jackets by introducing two 80-foot-high “media” towers sponsored by Fox Sports and The Columbus Dispatch. The towers are made up of four levels of vertically stacked party suites for dedicated Blue Jackets fans.

Other innovative premium seating concepts developed by HOK include club-level terrace tables with bar-style seating, in-seat services and personal flat screen TVs. Fifty-four suites are intermixed with 26 loge boxes along with 500 rink-side lounge seats. Since the opening of Nationwide Arena, most NHL and NBA arenas have incorporated loge boxes and terrace tables.

The arena features an attached, full-sized ice sheet called OhioHealth Ice Haus that is used as the team’s practice facility and for community skating and special events.

HOK worked with Nationwide Realty Investors (NRI) to lead the design of the Nationwide Arena District, and partnered with NBBJ on the design of the arena.


18,500 seats


Facility Programming
Interior Design
Master Planning 


ESPN The Magazine – The Ultimate Arena

ESPN The Magazine – Top Ranking, Stadium Experience


First NHL arena with an on-site practice facility


Number of rink-side lounge seats


31 January 2011
“Ten Years Later, These Arenas Are Still Inspiring New Designs” 
Sports Business Journal