The Nationwide Arena is a multi-purpose arena in Columbus, the capital of the U.S. state of Ohio. It was opened in 2000 and is home of the Columbus Blue Jackets, a franchise of the National Hockey League. Since 2004 also bear the Columbus Destroyers of the Arena Football League play their home games here. 2006 a new junior team who founded Ohio Junior Blue Jackets, which in the United States Hockey League ( USHL ) and plays since the establishment also plays in the Nationwide Arena.
The building is named after the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, whose seat is not far from the arena. The real estate division of Nationwide, Nationwide Realty Investors, financed and developed the Arena project - this makes the arena to one of the few privately financed in the United States.
The arena for hockey games 18 136 spectators at football games, there are 17,171, 19,350 for basketball games and up to 20,000 for concerts. The death of 13 -year-old Brittanie Cecil, who succumbed to injuries caused by a hockey puck during a game the Blue Jackets against Calgary, led in the summer of 2002 on the introduction of nylon fishing nets above the Plexiglas discs at all stages of the NHL, AHL and ECHL.
The area surrounding the Nationwide Arena, called Arena District, hosts a variety of bars, clubs and cinemas. In the immediate vicinity lie the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion ( concert hall ) and the Arena Grand Theatre.
Within the Nationwide Arena is another small ice surface, the (formerly CoreComm IceHaus ) is called Dispatch IceHaus. This is used for training the Blue Jackets, junior training and public skating. The second ice surface makes the Nationwide Arena the only NHL arena with its own training rink.
In 2002 the Wrestling King of the Ring tournament was organized and in 2004 WWE Bad Blood in the arena by the World Wrestling Entertainment ( WWE).
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