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These tips can help Blue Jackets fans navigate the Arena District during home games

With the Blue Jackets back home at Nationwide Arena for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday, here are some tips on how best to enjoy an outing to the Arena District.

Let’s face it — only the most diehard fans (or those with clairvoyant powers) really expected to see Columbus Blue Jackets hockey this late in April.

And doubters would be forgiven, partly because the Blue Jackets have never actually played hockey this late in April. Plus, the Jackets were massive underdogs in their first-round matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After completing an improbable sweep — the franchise’s first NHL playoff-series victory in 18 seasons — the Jackets have given their fans at least one more series to enjoy, this time against the Boston Bruins. With the team back home at Nationwide Arena for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday, here are some tips on how best to enjoy an outing to the Arena District.


1. Best places to park: Plenty of parking garages and surface lots surround Nationwide Arena. For more information, visit www.arenadistrictparking.com. But to avoid the hefty bump in game-time parking prices, the savvy traveler may consider public transportation. The Central Ohio Transit Authority has several $2 lines — 1, 2, 2L, 5, 6, 8, 10 and CMAX — to get fans to Nationwide Arena and back home afterward. For those parking their cars away from the arena, CBUS — the free circulator covering the Arena District, Short North, Brewery District, Downtown and German Village — has extended hours through midnight during home playoff games. Visit www.cota.com or download the Transit app to plan your trip.

2. Best happy hours: Thirsty folks looking for a cold-and-frosty before the game might consider local taprooms serving up their craft brews. Between 3 and 7 p.m. on game days, all drafts at Wolf’s Ridge Brewing (215 N. 4th St.) are $2 off. Another special offered by the taproom allows guests to enjoy one happy-hour draft and a specified meal for $12. The happy hour at Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus (161 N. High St.) features $2 off draft beer, mixed drinks and all appetizers from 3 to 6 p.m. Prefer wine? The taproom offers happy-hour glasses of both red and white for $3. At Barley’s Brewing Company (467 N. High St.), guests can enjoy $4 pints from 3 to 7 p.m. The happy hour also includes a separate appetizer menu that features the famous sauerkraut balls, buffalo chicken dip, shrimp skewers and truffle fries. Tuesday night features $8 burgers from 3 to 11 p.m.

3. Best after-party: There’s just no denying it: The R Bar is the definitive Columbus Blue Jackets bar. After all, it bills itself as “the best place to watch hockey in Columbus.” Located at 413 N. Front St., just northeast of the arena, there are few better places for fans to celebrate a win or mourn a defeat. Be warned: the place fills up quickly on game days.

4. Best places to get gear: If you are going to the game, you have to dress the part. For Blue Jackets apparel, HomageFox Sports Ohio Blue Line at the Mall at Tuttle Crossing and Lamp Apparel all have you covered. Literally. And here’s a pro tip: Beat the lines at the merchandise stands in Nationwide by ordering gear online (www.thebluelineonline.com) and picking it up at the arena. Since it’s already paid for, just head straight to the counter.

5. Best viewing party for those without tickets: You don’t need tickets to enjoy a playoff atmosphere in the Arena District. Plaza Party events at the arena begin three hours before the puck drops and include beer trucks, food, live music, games and roaming entertainers. Once the game starts, you and your hundreds of new friends don’t have to leave to watch it — two giant screens will broadcast the action.

6. One more thing: Don’t let the name fool you; Boston’s Pizza Restaurant & Sports Bar (191 W. Nationwide Blvd.) will welcome Jackets fans. Those conflicted about eating at a place whose name bears the city of the Blue Jackets’ opponent need not worry. The chain covered the B with an “X,” similar to the way Ohio State Buckeyes fans cover every letter M when it comes time to face that team up north. And according to the company’s website, the company is based in Dallas; the closest Boston’s to Boston is in Washington, D.C., more than 400 miles away.


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of April 29, 2019

From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, there are a ton of events, activities and things to do with your loved ones.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of April 29, 2019:

 

Events

Cinco De Nada

Sunday, May 5 | Nada | 10:30 AM

¡Salud! Cinco De Mayo is this weekend and what better way to celebrate than with margaritas, tacos and all your other Mex favorites? Join Nada—the authentic, modern Mexican restaurant located in the Arena District—for their Cinco De Nada event, featuring a day full of fun, drinks and great food. Party on!

 

Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Boston Bruins | Game 3

Tuesday, April 30 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Boston Bruins | Game 4

Thursday, May 2 | Nationwide Arena | 7:30 PM

And we’re back for round two of the Stanley Cup Playoffs! After two strong games in Boston, our Columbus Blue Jackets are back at home for games 3 and 4 and need our support as they face the rough-and-tumble Bruins. Get your tickets and help cheer on the Jackets to a Stanley Cup victory!

 

Music

Leon Bridges

Saturday, May 4 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

Once an opener for the Rolling Stones and Harry Styles, Leon Bridges is coming to EXPRESS LIVE! on Saturday on his very own tour. The Top Ten, Grammy-winning artist is joined by Jess Glynne for his sold-out show. Experience a night of smooth singing and fantastic music. We’ll see you there!

 

What We’re Looking Forward To

Columbus Clippers vs. Charlotte Knights

Tuesday, May 7 | Huntington Park | 6:35 PM

Missing Clippers baseball this week? No worries, the Columbus Clippers will be back on May 7 to play ball against the Charlotte Knights. Plan a fun evening at Huntington Park to watch America’s favorite pastime in downtown Columbus. Get your tickets here!

 

Team Tory Presents Ohio Combat League 1

Friday, May 10 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

Looking for night of action-packed entertainment? Look no further—Team Tory Presents Ohio Combat League 1 is coming to EXPRESS LIVE! on May 10, bringing you thrilling, adrenaline-pumping wrestling to enjoy. Plan ahead and purchase your tickets today.

 

Hunter Hayes

Saturday, May 11 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

Attention country fans: the one and only Hunter Hayes will be taking over EXPRESS LIVE! on May 11, right here in Columbus! Experience Hayes and fellow country artist, Levi Hummon, take center stage during his Closer to You tour. You’ll leave wanting more! Grab your tickets while you still can.


The man who put on 10,000 shows: Scott Stienecker looks back on 40 years of rock ‘n’ rolling with PromoWest

By Emily Bench  – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First
Apr 18, 2019

It all started with a house party.

“I ran around with a lot of guys who were a couple of years older than us, and always went to all their parties,” said Scott Stienecker, a veteran concert promoter whose shows have wowed music fans in Columbus for decades. “And they were like, ‘You need to throw a party.’”

So the then 17-year-old from St. Marys in western Ohio rented the Tri-County Event Center on Memorial Day weekend in 1978, hired a Kiss-esque band and charged $3 at the door.

Stienecker made $1,080 that night and officially entered the rock and roll promotions business.

Over the next few decades, he built PromoWest Productions and saw it become the fifth-largest independent music production company in the United States, hosting hundreds of memorable shows at venues including the Newport, The Basement and Express Live.

But the years can do a number on people in the music business, both those on stage and behind it. And so last September, Stienecker cut a deal with Los Angeles-based AEG Presents, which acquired a majority stake in PromoWest for an undisclosed amount.

“You can’t escape the competition,” said Stienecker, who now is regional manager of the Midwest market for AEG Presents. “Every day, I have to fight for Columbus – I fight against Cleveland, I fight against Cincinnati in order to get acts.”

After 35 years, the fighting got to be too much.

“The main thing for me was age – I was 58,” he said. “If they’re going to (buy) me out in five years, I’ll be 63 and that’s a good time to retire. So it was kind of a matter of time.”

Now, Stienecker is working for ‘the man,’ just like many other once-independent music companies.

“These big dogs just keep picking off the smaller markets,” he said. “One at a time.”

A recent concert at the Newport Music Hall concert

The Newport Music Hall was the first venue owned by PromoWest Productions.

Rock ‘n’ roll all night

When Stienecker was 15, he saw Kiss perform at St. John Arena on the Ohio State University campus.

“It blew me away,” he said. “I remember I sat there thinking: ‘Who put this whole thing on?’”

After high school, Stienecker went to Bowling Green State University, where he studied business and marketing and joined the school’s concert committee. At the time, he wanted to be the next Jules Belkin, the Cleveland resident whose Belkin Productions put on shows at Richfield Coliseum, Blossom Music Center and other venues in the region. (The company has since become part of Live Nation.)

“He was God,” Stienecker said of Belkin. “I wanted to become that … but I didn’t know if it would be possible.”

He transferred to Ohio State his sophomore year and ultimately landed an internship with Bill Graham Presents out in California, which he said was a turning point for him. He learned from one of the most influential men in the business who ran mega-successful music halls in San Francisco and New York City.

Stienecker decided to stay in California, and was hired on as a secondary concert promoter for Parallax Productions. It was there that he heard in 1984 that Hank LoConti, who owned Agora clubs in Cleveland and Columbus, was looking to sell the High Street music hall and turn it into a Walgreens.

Stienecker returned to Ohio and pleaded with him.

“I said, ‘Hank, you can’t let this happen,’” he said. “And he said he would lease it to me if I could come up with $25,000.”

Instead, the 22-year-old raised $180,000 and bought the building, turning it into the Newport Music Hall.

The first show he booked as PromoWest was Neil Young, who played a sold-out show at the Newport on Sept. 9, 1984.

Booking big

It didn’t take long for PromoWest to grow. Stienecker built his brand by creating popular clubs including Polaris Amphitheater, The Basement and the A&R Music Bar, while selling out shows at Ohio Stadium and buying the Bunbury Music Festival in 2015.

“It took a while and there were growing pains,” he said. “We started as a one-man show of a little independent, and grew into almost 60 full-time employees and 750 shows a year.”

Perhaps Stienecker’s biggest contribution was building the first-of-its-kind indoor/outdoor venue LC Pavilion in 2001. (It’s now Express Live.)

Stienecker said that site flipped the model of a music venue on its head. Soon, people across the country began to call, asking him to take his concept to other cities. He turned them all down until a developer in Pittsburgh called. The two created Stage AE, the second indoor/outdoor music venue in the nation.

“We figured it out,” he said. “It was like a light bulb went off.”

Express Live up close and backstage

Scott Stienecker’s Express Live indoor/outdoor stage changed the way concerts could be promoted and shown. Other venues immediately began to copy PromoWest’s formula after the site opened in 2001.

Randy Malloy, general manager of local alt-rock radio station 102.5, said Stienecker is an innovator.

“Scott is someone that has really really taken concert promoting to the next level,” Malloy said. “He takes the risks on bands that aren’t there yet, who haven’t made a big, and once they do, they come back.

“They remember Columbus because of him.”

Malloy said a good example is the band Jungle, which had trouble selling 60 tickets to a show in Chicago in 2014.The next stop on the band’s tour was Columbus.

Stienecker threw everything he had at promoting the show.

When the Jungle played the Newport, 800 people were there to see them.The band, which has toured the world, returned to Columbus in 2018 for another show at the Newport.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

In many ways, the evolution of the music business has been hard for Stienecker to accept.

“What I loved … the most was the old days, when rock and roll was just rock and roll,” he said. “I miss when it was raw and real and there were local promoters in every market.

“Now, it’s very corporate.”

Live Nation was founded in 1996, grew quickly and started taking bites out of smaller markets. The publicly traded company had $10.8 billion in revenue last year.

AEG Presents was founded five years later and also began to move into smaller, independent markets.

“Once Live Nation came, the whole industry changed,” Stienecker said. “People are more focused on the bottom line than they are developing the acts.”

It takes time and a local interest to do that. Stienecker created spaces where small and local artists could play, moving up to bigger venues as they grew. That’s what worked for Twenty One Pilots and O.A.R., he said.

“They can move up from The Basement, to A&R, to the Newport and then to Express Live,” he said.

“We take the acts and develop them from the ground up.”


Guide to Planning the Ultimate Columbus Mother’s Day

There’s nothing people in Columbus love more than their mothers. It’s these special women that love us, care about us and give anything and everything for us—and Mother’s Day is our chance to return some of that unbridled affection and appreciation that moms provide each and every day.

If you’re looking to give your mom a truly memorable Mother’s Day 2019 experience in Columbus, we have the inside scoop on what gifts to get and where to go in the area.

Here is your guide to planning the ultimate Columbus Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day 2019 Experiences

Mother’s Day Brunch at The Grand Event Center

On Mother’s Day—Sunday, May 12—treat the motherly figure in your life to a special brunch at The Grand Event Center in Grandview Heights! Here, you’ll enjoy a delicious buffet including a beef wellington carving station, homemade creampuffs and so much more. There will also be a cash bar and wine bottles that can be served to your table.

Due to high demand, they are offering two seating times, 11 AM and 1 PM— RSVP by May 3 to secure your spot! Cost is $39.95 for adults and just $15 for children 15 and younger.

 

Hello, Dolly! at the Ohio Theatre

For musical theater-loving moms in Columbus, they’re in for a special Mother’s Day delight on Sunday, May 12—Hello, Dolly! is touring at the Ohio Theatre! Get tickets to either the 1 PM or 6:30 PM show and treat your mother to a production of this iconic 1964 musical, which features Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley.

 

Mother’s Day Breakfast at Brekkie Shack

Start Mother’s Day off right by treating your mother to a mouth-wateringly healthy breakfast at Brekkie Shack! Located in Grandview Yard, this restaurant opens bright and early at 8 AM on Sundays to give your family plenty of time to embark on other experiences throughout the day. From egg sandwiches and pancakes to plant-based hash and granola bowls, there’s a little something for everybody on the Brekkie Shack menu.

 

Mother’s Day Tea at the Topiary Garden

Held at the beautiful Topiary Park in Columbus, Mother’s Day Tea is a free event featuring an afternoon of dance, paired with yummy tea & cookies. RSVP is required to attend, so don’t miss the chance to bring mom and the whole family to this great picnic-style outing.

 

Mother’s Day 2019 Gifts

 

Tickets to Bites & Brews Dinner Event

Does your mom enjoy a good, Ohio-made craft beer? This Mother’s Day, surprise her with tickets to Bites & Brews at The Grand Event Center, featuring Combustion Brewery! The event, held on May 23 at 6 PM, includes a delectable, chef-inspired five-course meal. Each dish will be paired with locally brewed beers ranging from ales to IPAs. Space is limited, so make your reservations to this Columbus Craft Beer Week event at The Grand Event Center as soon as possible.

 

Chocolate, Coffee & Wine from Winans

If you’re looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, you can’t go wrong with chocolates, coffee or wine—and you can get all three from the newly opened Winans in Grandview Heights! Winans has been an Ohio favorite for nearly a century, so whether your mom likes buying local, enjoys tasty indulgences or a combination of the two, you can’t go wrong with this Mother’s Day gift idea.

 

Self-Care Day at Massage Envy and MY SALON Suite

Want to truly show mom your appreciation for everything she’s done? Give her some me-time with a full day of relaxation and rejuvenation!

First start your mom off with an intensely calming massage from Massage Envy in Grandview Heights. A highly experienced massage therapist will expertly relieve stress and tension, leaving your mother in a state of serenity and relief. Click here to schedule your mothers’ Massage Envy appointment.

Once she’s feeling refreshed, treat mom to a variety of salon services at MY SALON Suite—located in the first floor of the Manchester Building in Grandview Yard. This newly-opened location offers high-end luxury experiences that include everything from hair styling and medical aesthetics to skincare and mani-pedis. Click here to book your mothers’ appointment now.

 

Pilates Class at Club Pilates

Is your mom looking for an engaging way to stay in shape? Sign her up for classes at Club Pilates Grandview Yard! Pilates is a fun workout that helps people achieve balance, strength, mobility and flexibility, and Club Pilates offers a variety of classes for mothers of all ages, shapes and experience levels. You can even sign yourself up and do classes together as a bonding experience—the benefits can be enjoyed by everybody!


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of April 1, 2019

There are no events in downtown Columbus during the week of April 1, 2019—APRIL FOOL’S!

From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, there are a ton of events, activities and things to do with your loved ones.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of April 1, 2019:

 

Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Boston Bruins

Tuesday, April 2 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Tomorrow night, the final home game of the 2019 NHL season will take place at Nationwide Arena, as the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Boston Bruins face off. The regular NHL season is coming to a close, and now the march is on for the Columbus Blue Jackets to get into the playoffs. They need your help, 5th Line, cheering them on along the way! Get your tickets here.

 

Columbus Clippers vs. Indianapolis Indians

Thursday, April 4 | Huntington Park | 6:05 PM

While hockey season is ending, baseball season is finally here! Join the Columbus Clippers on Thursday, at Huntington Park, for their first home game against the Indianapolis Indians. Come loud and proud to support the Clippers for the start of their 2019 season! Click here to order your tickets now.

Additional Columbus Clippers home game dates at Huntington Park this week include:

 

Columbus Clippers vs. Indianapolis Indians

Friday, April 5 | Huntington Park | 6:05 PM

Columbus Clippers vs. Indianapolis Indians

Saturday, April 6 | Huntington Park | 6:05 PM

Columbus Clippers vs. Indianapolis Indians

Sunday, April 7 | Huntington Park | 2:05 PM

 

Music

Catfish and the Bottlemen w/ The Worn Flints

Tuesday, April 2 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

Welsh indie rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen, along with opener, The Worn Flints, will be jamming the night away at EXPRESS LIVE! on Tuesday.

 

What We’re Looking Forward To

TESLA

Friday, April 12 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

TESLA’s world tour brings them to EXPRESS LIVE! on April 12. For 30+ years, TESLA has been known for putting on “never disappointing” shows for their fans, loyal and new. Come out, watch and be amazed with this rock n’ roll/heavy metal-mixed band next Friday. Get your tickets here.

 

Ring of Honor Wrestling | Masters of the Craft

Sunday, April 14 | EXPRESS LIVE!| 5 PM

Wrestling fan? The Ring of Honor will be hosting its Masters of the Craft event on April 14 at EXPRESS LIVE!. Experience the immediate fallout of the G1 Supercard with appearances from Dalton Castle & The Boys, Bandido, Shane Taylor and many more! Don’t miss your chance to see Ring of Honor Wrestling live in Columbus. Purchase your tickets here.


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of March 25, 2019

From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, there are a ton of events, activities and things to do with your loved ones.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of March 25, 2019:

 

Music

Justin Timberlake: “Man of The Woods” Tour

Sunday, March 31 | Nationwide Arena | 7:30 PM

Get ready for Justin Timberlake’s return visit to Columbus on Sunday at Nationwide Arena! This show is being praised for its 360-degree multi-stage experience which includes sleek dance numbers, cutting-edge lasers and 3D projections that bring to life the set list filled with his hit songs. Get your tickets today!

 

Maggie Rose

Thursday, March 28 | A&R Music Bar | 7 PM

This Thursday, Maggie Rose continues her Change The World Tour at A&R Music Bar. Listen as she captivates audiences with her mixed set of rock, soul, rhythm and blues, country and gospel music. Fellow band, Them Vibes, and artist, Gretchen Pleuss, will accompany Rose with their own opening sets.

Tori Kelly: The Acoustic Sessions

Friday, March 29 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

Famed L.A. singer and songwriter, Tori Kelly, will make an appearance at EXPRESS LIVE! on Friday to continue her Acoustic Sessions tour. The Grammy nominee will perform not only her greatest hits, but also covers of popular songs and new releases. Don’t miss out as Kelly delivers her melodic R&B twist; get your tickets here.

 

Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New York Islanders

Tuesday, March 26 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

We’re coming down to the wire as the Columbus Blue Jackets take on the New York Islanders for a playoff spot. With the Islanders being the second seed in our division, the Jackets will have to put up a fight at tomorrow’s game. Come out and show your support for the home team as they give it their all tomorrow at Nationwide Area.

Additional Blue Jackets home game dates at Nationwide Arena this week include:

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Montreal Canadiens

Thursday, March 28 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

If you’re heading to the game, start your weekend early with the Blue Jackets Happy Hour. You’ll receive a game ticket and can take advantage of complimentary beverages at the Great Lakes Brewing Company inside Nationwide Arena from 5 to 7 PM. Tickets start at just $40. Click here to order your tickets now.

 

 

What We’re Looking Forward To

 

Columbus Clippers vs. Indianapolis Indians

Thursday, April 4 | Huntington Park | 6:05 PM

Baseball season is finally here! Join the Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park on April 4 for their first home game of the season against the Indianapolis Indians. Come loud and proud to support the Clippers for the start of their 2019 season! Click here to order your tickets now.

 

Arena District Apartment of the Week

Arena Crossing Apartments | Clifton Floor Plan

If you find yourself spending most of your time in downtown Columbus, it’s probably time to put down some roots there. With Arena Crossing Apartments located minutes away from the top entertainment and food destinations, this location would be a dream.

The Clifton floor plan at Arena Crossing Apartments features everything you could want and more! These 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartments include a spacious living room, large kitchen with pantry and a walk-in closet. There are even units with a balcony and hardwood flooring to add on to your dream downtown Columbus apartment. The Arena Crossing community includes a rooftop pool with a fire pit, personal storage units and so much more.

Schedule a tour of Arena Crossing Apartment’s Clifton unit today!

Resident VIP Spotlight of the Week

Ted’s Montana Grill

Residents of Downtown Columbus Apartments and Grandview Yard receive access to exclusive deals, discounts and promotions throughout the year as part of the Resident VIP program!

Ted’s Montana Grill, located in the Arena District, invites downtown Columbus apartment residents to enjoy a complimentary appetizer with the purchase of an entrée! Applies to the Arena District location only; limit one appetizer per table.


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of March 18, 2019

From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, there are a ton of events, activities and things to do with your loved ones.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of March 18, 2019:

 

Fashion

Alternative Fashion Week 2019: Grand Finale Runway Show

Saturday, March 23 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

This weekend, get ready to be inspired by some of Columbus’ most innovative independent designers, during the Alternative Fashion Week 2019 Grand Finale Runway Show at EXPRESS LIVE! You’ll see all-original collections strut the runway, alongside an art installation and projection show by local artists. All ticket purchases help benefit Alternative Fashion Mob, a nonprofit which supports Columbus’ independent designers.

 

Sports

NCAA Men’s Basketball Open Practice

Thursday, March 21 | Nationwide Arena | 11 AM

Big college basketball fan with some time to kill Thursday afternoon? Stop by Nationwide Arena to experience open practice day—featuring all the team’s competing in the first and second rounds of the tournament held this weekend. The event is free and open to all, so stop in and make a firsthand judgement on who to include in your bracket.

 

NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship | 1st & 2nd Rounds

March 22-24 | Nationwide Arena | Various Times

College basketball fan? The Road to the Final Four® stops in Columbus, Ohio March 22 & 24, 2019 at Nationwide Arena when The Ohio State University hosts the 1st and 2nd Rounds of the NCAA® March Madness® Tournament! Click here to order your tickets now.

 

Music

25th Annual Hip Hop Expo

Saturday, March 23 | Greater Columbus Convention Center | 3-11 PM

Are you big into the world of hip hop? So are all the attendees of the 25th Annual BHB Hip Hop Expo, held this Saturday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. This family-friendly event will showcase DJ, MC and B-Boy/Girl talent and provide a forum for networking artist, industry entrepreneurs and hip-hop enthusiasts.

 

We Three w/ Spencer Saylor

Saturday, March 23 | A&R Music Bar | 7:30 PM

We Three, the unique band comprised of three (obviously) siblings from Oregon, are bringing their positive, purposeful and melodious music to the Arena District’s A&R Music Bar on Saturday. Columbus singer/songwriter Spencer Saylor will open.

 

Dining

NCAA Championships Watch Party

March 22-24 | The Three-Legged Mare | 10 AM Friday, 9 AM Sat-Sun

Whether you’re attending the NCAA Championship games or simply watching from the bar, stop by The Three-Legged Mare—located within walking distance from Nationwide Arena—to drink, eat and enjoy basketball. Saturday and Sunday, the Irish restaurant will have an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from 9-11 AM!

 

Arena District Apartment of the Week

Arena Crossing Apartment | Bay C Floor Plan

It’s not every day you can walk outside your apartment and straight into an arena for a national college basketball tournament—that is, if you’re not living in a downtown Columbus apartment like Arena Crossing. The largest studio floor plan in the building, Bay C is a 644 square-foot unit featuring an enormous walk-in closet, beautiful European columns in the kitchen and living area, oversized windows facing the pool and so much more.

Schedule a tour of Arena Crossing’s last remaining Bay C floor plan today!

 

Resident VIP Spotlight of the Week

Grandview Vision Center

Residents of Downtown Columbus Apartments and Grandview Yard receive access to exclusive deals, discounts and promotions throughout the year as part of the Resident VIP program!

How’s your eyesight? If you need a vision checkup, residents of a downtown Columbus apartment are in luck! Flash your Resident VIP card at Grandview Vision Center and receive 50% off select eyecare services—including private pay eye exams, contact lens exams and sunglasses or Rx glasses. Most insurance plans accepted. Call (614) 291-9400 for an appointment and to inquire about insurance plans.


The Perfect Night Out: Guide for Introducing Friends to Downtown Columbus

You’ve recently moved into a downtown Columbus apartment. After a few months of living, working and exploring in the city, your friends from out of town call up and plan a quick weekend visit.

Obviously, you want to show them a great time, but with so much to do in Columbus—from the Arena District to Grandview Heights—planning the perfect night suddenly seems overwhelming.

But fear not! As experts on all things fun in downtown Columbus, we put together a blueprint for the perfect night out. If you want to impress your friends and introduce them to the great city that is Columbus, check out this guide.

 

The Pregame

Every great night out begins with a solid pregame! To give your friends the warmest welcome possible, pick up some drinks and hors d’oeuvres from your local supermarket and have them laid out and ready by the time they arrive.

If you’re a downtown Columbus apartment resident crunched for time, your Resident VIP card will get you free curbside express pickup on orders of $75 or more at Giant Eagle Market District in Grandview Heights.

After catching up for a bit over drinks, it’s time for the night to begin!

 

The Dinner

Nothing acquaints people to an urban area quite like the food—it provides a powerful first impression and shapes perception in a big way. After your friends get settled in to your apartment, it’s time to grab dinner at one downtown Columbus’ many fantastic restaurants.

No matter the cuisine or dietary preference, the city has an option that’s perfect for your group and bound to keep them raving. Here is our list of recommend dinner spots in downtown Columbus, based on the type of food you’re looking for:

American

Brazilian

Brewery 

Irish

Italian

Mexican

Vegetarian

 

The Nightlife

Whether or not your friends have a good time in the city can rest entirely on where you choose to spend your night. After a great meal at one of downtown Columbus’ great restaurants, it’s time to paint the town red with a fun nighttime activity.

Whether you’re in the mood for live music or a sporting event, the city has what you need to provide a truly memorable experience for your group—one that you’ll remember fondly for years to come. Here are a few recommendations that the whole group will enjoy:

Sports Bar 

Sports

Live Music

 

Once the night is over, it’s time to lead the group back to your spacious downtown Columbus apartment for some late-night fun and at least a few hours of sleep.

 

The Next Day

After you and your friends wake up from a fun night out in downtown Columbus, head back out for a delicious breakfast and brunch. Here, you can recount the previous night’s events and laugh over breakfast and coffee (or something stronger).

Our recommended eateries in the city include:

Once breakfast/brunch is over, you can head back to your apartment for some much-needed lazy time—or, if the weather’s nice, venture out to one of Columbus’ many beautiful parks for some fresh air and relaxation.

Some of our favorite parks in Columbus include:

 

Once the weekend is over, your friends will most likely leave your downtown Columbus apartment wanting more. “Why don’t we live here?” and “When can we come back?” are just two of the many envy-filled questions they might ask before they leave.

Congratulations, you’ve successfully introduced your friends to Columbus. And you can rest happy and satisfied that you gave them a truly unforgettable experience.

Like showing people around and being the go-to contact for what to do in Columbus? Become a Certified Tourism Ambassador.

 

 

 


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of March 11, 2019

From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, there are a ton of events, activities and things to do with your loved ones.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of March 11, 2019:

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl

Saturday, March 16 | The Half Pint | 12 – 8 PM

Get ready for Ohio’s largest St. Patrick’s pub crawl on Saturday, March 16. You’ve got the Luck of the Irish on your side, stop by The Half Pint for drink specials all day long. Get your tickets now!

 

ShamROCK to Live Music

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at The Three-Legged Mare on March 16 and 17. Wash down a Corned Beef Slider or a Shepherd’s Pie with a Guinness and get ready to shamROCK to live music all weekend long with bands like The San Pats, The Mclans and Discarded Mischief.

Music

Mumford & Sons

Monday, March 11 | Nationwide Arena | 6 PM

Don’t be a ‘hopeless wanderer’! As your ‘guiding light’ on all things happening in the Arena District, we’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about one of the hottest British folk-rock bands coming to town today: Mumford & Sons. No, they won’t be performing in ‘the cave’—the group is heading straight for Nationwide Arena! Atlanta singer/songwriter Cat Power will open. What a great way to start your week.

 

Jonathan McReynolds w/ Isaiah Templeton & Jason Nelson

Thursday, March 14 | A&R Music Bar | 7 PM

This Thursday at A&R Music Bar, famed Chicago gospel singer Jonathan McReynolds will delight audiences with his incredible voice and beautifully honest approach to songwriting while on his MakeMoreRoom Tour. Fellow gospel singers Isaiah Templeton and Jason Nelson will accompany McReynolds with their own faith-filled performances.

 

KISS

Saturday, March 16 | Nationwide Arena | 7:30 PM

They are four of the most recognizable faces on the planet, and one of the most iconic bands of all time in terms of impact, influence and all-around awesomeness. Last year, after a storied 45-year career that included their 2014 induction into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, KISS announced their final tour ever—aptly named ‘END OF THE ROAD’. Don’t miss the chance to see their last live performance in Columbus EVER this Saturday at Nationwide Arena.

 

Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Boston Bruins

Tuesday, March 12 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Tomorrow night, a showdown will commence at Nationwide Arena between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Boston Bruins—one of the NHL’s top teams. With less than a month until the post-season, it all comes down to the wire as the Jackets vie for a playoff spot. Be sure to come out and cheer on the home team loud and proud!

If you’re planning on bringing the family out to a game, take advantage of the Columbus Blue Jackets Dispatch Family Value Pack, which includes a game ticket, hot dog, soft drink, popcorn and OhioHealth Ice Haus Skate Pass—simply enter the access code FAMILY** when purchasing tickets.

Additional Blue Jackets home game dates at Nationwide Arena this week include:

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Friday, March 15 | 7 PM

 

What We’re Looking Forward To

Alternative Fashion Week 2019: Grand Finale Runway Show

Saturday, March 23 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

Later this month, get ready to be inspired by some of Columbus’ most innovative independent designers, during the Alternative Fashion Week 2019 Grand Finale Runway Show at EXPRESS LIVE! You’ll see all-original collections strut the runway, alongside an art installation and projection show by local artists. All ticket purchases help benefit Alternative Fashion Mob, a nonprofit which supports Columbus’ independent designers.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship | 1st & 2nd Rounds

March 22-24 | Nationwide Arena | Time TBA

College basketball fan? The Road to the Final Four® stops in Columbus, Ohio March 22 & 24, 2019 at Nationwide Arena when The Ohio State University hosts the 1st and 2nd Rounds of the NCAA® March Madness® Tournament! Click here to order your tickets now.

 

Arena District Apartment of the Week

Flats on Vine | Sierra Floor Plan

With so much going on in the Arena District, it’s hard to pass up the rare opportunity of leasing an apartment here! With only one unit remaining of the Sierra floor plan at Flats on Vine, now’s the chance to live your downtown Columbus dreams. This spacious 724 sq. ft., 1-bed, 1-bath corner unit features hardwood flooring, a Jack & Jill bathroom, walk-in closet, oversized floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony with stunning views of the city.

Schedule a tour of Flats on Vine’s last remaining Sierra floor plan today!

 

Resident VIP Spotlight of the Week

bd’s Mongolian Grill

Residents of Downtown Columbus Apartments and Grandview Yard receive access to exclusive deals, discounts and promotions throughout the year as part of the Resident VIP program!

bd’s Mongolian Grill, located in downtown Columbus’ Arena District, invites downtown Columbus apartment residents to enjoy 20% off create-your-own-stir-fry every day!

Applies to the Arena District location only. 


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of March 4, 2019

From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, there are a ton of events, activities and things to do with your loved ones.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of March 4, 2019:

 

Music

Arkells w/ The Greeting Committee

Tuesday, March 5 | A&R Music Bar | 7 PM

Arkells is an award-winning Canadian rock band with tons of hits up north. On Tuesday, they’re making the trek to A&R Music Bar, along with Kansas City pop quartet The Greeting Committee, for what’s sure to be a great live show in the Arena District. What’s more—Arkells partnered with PLUS1 so that every $1 from every ticket will go to organizations that support dignity, equity and access to communities who need it.

 

The Aces w/ Tishmal

Friday, March 8 |A&R Music Bar | 7 PM

Girl power is taking the stage at A&R Music Bar on Friday! An all-female indie pop band from Provo, Utah, The Aces have been rising in popularity ever since their hit, ‘Stuck’, reached top 40 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Jam out to them and singer Tishmal for a groovy start to your weekend.

 

92.3 WCOL’s 25th Birthday Bash

Saturday, March 9 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6:30 PM

Columbus country radio station 92.3 WCOL is celebrating 25 years on the air this Saturday with a huge birthday bash at EXPRESS LIVE! Performers at the event will include Russell Dickerson, Jordan Davis and Riley Green. VIP option includes early entry, an exclusive acoustic set, complimentary finger foods, exclusive viewing area and more. See you there!

 

Sports

The Derby: Benefiting the 2nd & 7 Foundation

Friday, March 8 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

Don your most elegant derby attire and head down to the races—all for a great cause! This Friday, EXPRESS LIVE! is hosting The Derby, an evening of bow ties and big hats raising money for the 2nd & 7 Foundation—which promotes reading to kids in need. The night will consist of wagering on horse races, derby drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, celebrity mingling and much more.

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Saturday, March 9 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been on a roll since acquiring Matt Duchene and Julius Bergman from the Ottawa Senators. And while they may have lost last Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, they have two more chances this week to set things straight—first with an away game on Thursday, followed by a home game at Nationwide Arena on Saturday. With the Jackets and Penguins neck and neck in the Metro Division, it’s up to the fans to show up loud and proud to help cheer the team on to victory!

If you’re planning on bringing the family out, take advantage of the Columbus Blue Jackets Dispatch Family Value Pack, which includes a game ticket, hot dog, soft drink, popcorn and OhioHealth Ice Haus Skate Pass—just enter the access code FAMILY** when purchasing tickets.

 

What We’re Looking Forward To

Mumford & Sons

Monday, March 11 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Don’t be a ‘hopeless wanderer’! As your ‘guiding light’ on all things happening in the Arena District, we’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about one of the hottest British folk-rock bands coming to town next Monday: Mumford & Sons. No, they won’t be playing in ‘the cave’—the group is heading straight for Nationwide Arena! What a great way to start your week.

 

Arena District Apartment of the Week

Flats II | Mendoza II Floor Plan

Finding yourself in the Arena District often? Why not live here! If you’re looking for a luxury apartment in downtown Columbus, The Mendoza II floor plan at Flats II is a prime option. This monstrous 1,292 sq. ft. unit features an island kitchen, spacious bedrooms with walk-in closets, oversized windows and a panoramic balcony facing the courtyard.

Schedule a tour of Flats II’s Mendoza II floor plan today–only one unit remains!

 

Resident VIP Spotlight of the Week

Bing Bang Dueling Piano Bar

Residents of Downtown Columbus Apartments and Grandview Yard receive access to exclusive deals, discounts and promotions throughout the year as part of the Resident VIP program!

Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar, located in the Arena District, invites downtown Columbus apartment residents and up to three friends for free admission every night of the week—simply flash your Resident VIP card! Additionally, on Thursdays the bar offers 10% off residents’ entire bill.