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At Home Weekend Warriors weekend of 3.27

Just because you are at home, doesn’t mean there aren’t still places to explore, things to do and good food to eat. Here is your Weekend Warriors guide for the weekend of 3.27 in and around Columbus including food selections from your favorite Arena District and Grandview Yard restaurants.

CBJ Game Replays!

Although the 5th line might be 6 feet apart, we still have our hockey heart! To allow fans to re-live the action, Fox Sports Ohio is broadcasting game replays. Listed below are upcoming air dates/times, be sure to tune in and watch recent match-ups with the Panthers, Bruins, and Jets:

CBJ 27-Mar Friday 12 NOON 12/31/2019 Fox Sports Ohio Blue Jackets vs. Panthers
CBJ 27-Mar Friday 8:00 PM 1/14/2020 Fox Sports Ohio Blue Jackets vs. Bruins
CBJ 30-Mar Monday 12 NOON 1/22/2020 Fox Sports Ohio Blue Jackets vs. Jets

Working from home right now? Add some flair to your video conference with CBJ themed Zoom backgrounds HERE.

Staying Active with Local Columbus Sports Teams

‘The best is yet to come’ – Nick Foligno

Sports for us, is more than an interest or a hobby, it is a passion. Although we understand that we are without sports right now for good reason, we appreciate this list of at home ways to fill the sports void including at home workouts with the Columbus Crew, CBJ Foundation online auctions and replay broadcasts, Columbus Clippers flashbacks, Buckeye ‘Celebrating our Successes’ series and more. Get the full at home playbook HERE from the Greater Columbus Sports Commission.

Restaurant Carryout, Delivery & Pickup

Things might be a little different at the moment, but one thing we can still appreciate, our families, roommates and a good meal. There are still Arena District restaurants open and serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Carryout beer and wine is also available. Refer to this list to plan your meals while supporting neighborhood restaurants! Place your order HERE.

There are also restaurants offering carryout, delivery and curbside pickup nearby in Grandview Yard HERE.

ADAC Workout

The Arena District Athletic Club wants you to stay active while at home!  View a variety of high intensity workouts you can do right in your own living room. These workouts are a great way to stay active and relieve stress. Check out these ‘FIT IN 3 MINUTES’ workouts HERE.

PromoWest TV

You know what can be better about watching concerts in private? You can dance and sing your heart out! Watch live concerts from a variety of artists! Check out some rockin’ artists HERE.

For more music you can’t find anywhere else, visit their YouTube channel!

Apartment Tours online

You are practicing social distancing but are in need of finding a new home. Arena District Living and Apartments at the Yard are now offering virtual tours on YOUTUBE. Click the links below to view apartment model homes and contact the leasing team by email or phone to learn more.

Resident Happy Hour

If you are a current resident of the Arena District or Grandview Yard, we are kicking off a community-wide happy hour today, March 27 from 4-6pm. Step out on your balconies with your drink of choice in hand, smile at your neighbors and say ‘cheers, we got this’. Share your Happy Hour photos! Use hashtag #ArenaDistrictLiving or #ApartmentsAtTheYard to support your community!

At Home Weekend Warriors, Weekend of 3.20

Just because you are at home, doesn’t mean there aren’t still places to explore, things to do and good food to eat. Here is your Weekend Warriors guide for the weekend of 3.20 in and around Columbus including food selections from your favorite Arena District and Grandview Yard restaurants.


Don’t just sit, get fit! Let’s support the sponsors and exhibitors of the 2020 Arnold Sports Festival! Due to the canceled Arnold Fitness Expo, an Arnold Virtual Expo was created so you can still have access to the products and services that you would have seen during the Arnold Sports Festival. If your going a little stir crazy, this is a great opportunity to stop saying AHHHH! and say AH-NOLD!

Check out the exhibit HERE

Drive-Through Lynd Fruit Farm

While things might be bananas, you can stock up on fresh apples & more this weekend! The market drive through is open this Friday and Saturday from 9am to 4pm. Items available include apples, jams, butters, salsas, dried apples, popcorn, peanut butter, local maple syrup, honey applesauce, flavored ciders, Fry Pies (while supplies last) and more!

Lynd Fruit Farm drive through information and address HERE

Dine-in at Home

Support your local Arena District and Grandview Yard restaurants and satisfy your inner foodie with these convenient carry-out options. With online ordering, pickup and delivery from Buca di Beppo, Brekkie Shack, Chick-fil-A, Hofbruahaus, Jason’s Deli, Jimmy Johns, Nada, Panera Bread, RBar, Starbucks, Sunny Street Café, Ted’s Montana Grill, Winan’s and Zoup.

Get the delicious details here:

Arena District dining HERE

Grandview Yard dining HERE



Final pieces falling into place for Arena District, 20 years later

Article originally published in Columbus CEO By Laura Newpoff

The transformation of downtown’s industrial western edge has been remarkable, to be sure.

In 1997, Alex Fischer was the deputy governor and chief of staff to Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist. As part of his work to forge a new partnership between research giant Battelle and the University of Tennessee, he hopped aboard a small King Air plane to get to a meeting in Columbus. Afterward, his hosts took him to dinner at the old Rigsby’s Kitchen on North High Street in the Short North.

On that crisp fall evening as he left the restaurant, Fischer told the folks from Battelle he’d walk a few blocks south to get to the Hyatt Regency hotel. His host, however, had some rather blunt advice. “You can’t do that—it’s a war zone,” Fischer recalls him saying. Fischer also was struck by what was going on a few blocks west of his hotel. The old Ohio Penitentiary site was a walled-off demolition zone surrounded by a bleak mix of decaying industrial buildings and surface parking lots. A poorly lit downtown. A war zone. A prison in ruins. All within a few blocks of one another. It painted quite a dreary picture of Columbus.

“You think about first impressions and what my first impression would be like today if I found myself in those exact same spots,” says Fischer, now CEO of the Columbus Partnership, the city’s influential civic organization of business leaders. “You look at the Arena District today and you see the vision Nationwide, the city and other leaders had. At first, the district was just going to be a single area around the arena. Now you see what Brian Ellis has accomplished in its expansion over 20 years and the economic impact that’s come from companies, the jobs and the residents who have moved there.

“You pinch yourself and say, ‘All this happened in my lifetime,’ ” Fischer says. “An entire part of the city was transformed. There’s no greater transformation that’s analogous to where our city has gone in the same period of time than the Arena District.”

Over those 20 years, more than $1.2 billion of development has occurred to make that old prison site and the surrounding area a premier office, sports, dining and entertainment destination. While the district is running out of land for new projects, Ellis— president and COO of Nationwide Realty Investors—and his team and other developers aren’t done yet. Three large projects are underway, and redevelopment of the old Municipal Light Plant at the western end of West Nationwide Boulevard is expected to be complete this year.

Expanding boundaries

It was 20 years ago that Nationwide Arena opened at the corner of Nationwide Boulevard and Front Street as the home of the National Hockey League expansion team the Columbus Blue Jackets. Architect Dan Hanes describes the area pre-arena as “basically parking lots, with a few small buildings here and there.”

Hanes’ firm at the time, Heinlein Schrock out of Kansas City, partnered with NBBJ on the arena’s design, and Hanes set up shop in Columbus to help Nationwide Realty with offices, condominiums and apartments.

At the time, the master plan as conceived by Ellis and urban planning firm MKSK was 75 acres. But the district would expand because the projects were well-received from the beginning, Ellis says, not only from private users who would rent office space or people who would buy condos or rent apartments, but by government leaders. That affirmation came in the form of a $42.5 commitment by Franklin County in the mid-2000s for a new home for the Columbus Clippers, Huntington Park, on the west side of Neil Avenue, a site not in the original master plan.

In 2007, Nationwide Realty, as part of the original plan, opened the Condominiums at North Bank Park. Moving west would continue as a new frontier for the developer when, years later, it would buy part of the old Buggyworks complex and transform it into offices. Hanes, who worked on those projects, continues to be involved in three that represent hundreds of millions of dollars: As the architect of record for third phase of Nationwide Realty’s Parks Edge condominiums; as designer of the parking structure that will be part of NRI’s new Chipotle headquarters building and apartment project; and as part of a team of designers working on the new Columbus Crew stadium on West Nationwide Boulevard.

The 200-acre district now stretches to I-670 on the north, the Olentangy River on the west, North High Street on the east and West Spring Street to the south. Parks Edge and the Chipotle building will continue a design tradition that emphasizes brick facades with a striking incorporation of glass.

“The designers gravitated toward a continuation of the brick that was in the area,” Hanes says. “It allows you to take advantage of the industrial feel that was already there.”

Healthy competition

Ellis says the goal for the Arena District was to take a long-term view that was market-driven and focused on a high standard of quality. The new projects and the projects developed by others in the area are no exception.

“Competition is healthy when you establish a high bar and people are playing in that space,” Ellis says.

Architect Bob Loversidge has seen the Arena District projects up close as a longtime member of the Downtown Commission, the city’s review body. And his firm, Schooley Caldwell, calls the district home, with a passion for historic preservation – Loversidge was instrumental in moving the old Union Station arch to McFerson Commons.

“I don’t think any other city in North America had the opportunity to essentially re-envision a quarter of their downtown,” Loversidge says. “We have rebuilt the five-story, red-brick city.”


New Arena District developments

Parks Edge Phase 3

What: 10-story condo tower

Details: 50 two- and three-bedroom units with the majority of residences fronting McFerson Commons Park. There will be private, secured parking, 24-hour concierge service and a rooftop pool, hot tub, sun deck and outdoor kitchen.

Developer: Nationwide Realty Investors

When: 2021

Cost: Not disclosed

Where: 225 John H.
McConnell Blvd.


Chipotle HQ/parking/residential

What: 4-story office building with 132,000 square feet, a five-story, 596-space parking garage and approximately 150 apartments.

Details: The office building portion of the project will be built along Neil Avenue. The parking garage and apartments are planned behind the building to the east.

Developer: Nationwide Realty Investors in partnership with the Lewin family

When: 2021

Cost: $200 million

Where: 200 Vine St. is the Chipotle office building’s address. The entire project will be built on land that has boundaries of Neil Avenue to the west, Spruce Street to the north, Kilbourne Street to the east and Vine Street to the south.


Crew Stadium/Confluence Village

What: 20,000-seat soccer stadium

Details: The stadium will be built on 13 acres as the centerpiece of the mixed-use Confluence Village project. The stadium project includes a 40,000-square-foot outdoor plaza that will be open to the public. Amenities include a soccer pub, Nordecke beer garden, field suites and concourse club seats and lounge. There will be 100,000 square feet of playing field grass area that can be used for professional, collegiate and high school sporting events, concerts, fashion shows and other community events. The surrounding Confluence Village is expected to include retail, office and residential space.

Developer: Columbus Crew SC

When: 2021 (stadium)

Cost: $300 million (stadium)

Where: 650 W. Nationwide Blvd.


Municipal Light Plant

What: Redevelopment in two phases of the city’s first power plant that dates to 1903.

Details: Renovation of the 1903 portion of the structure was complete in 2019 with Garth’s Auctioneers & Appraisers opening a 16,000-square-foot showroom and Red Architecture + Planning opening a 9,000-square-foot office. Work is ongoing to renovate an adjacent seven-story structure that will have 36,000 square feet of office space and a parking structure.

Developer: Connect Realty

Ownership: Connect Realty, Schiff Capital Group, GBX Group

When: Second phase, December 2020

Cost: $23 million

Where: 589 W. Nationwide Blvd. and 577 W. Nationwide Blvd.

Laura Newpoff is a freelance writer for Columbus CEO.

Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of March 2, 2020

Have some free time this upcoming week? Wondering what to do, where to go or what to eat in downtown Columbus? Here is the Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of March 2, 2020:



Arnold 5K and Arnold 5K Pump & Run

Sunday, March 8 | Greater Columbus Convention Center | 9:15 AM

This Sunday, athletes line up to compete in the Arnold Pump & Run and Arnold 5K! Starting at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, this run will come through the Arena District and around downtown Columbus. Cheer on participants from a neighborhood bar or restaurant as they race through the Arena District!

Note: The Arnold Fitness Expo and trade show has been cancelled. Come out and watch the competition livestream from R Bar over the weekend!


Dan + Shay

Sunday, March 8 | Nationwide Arena | 7:00 PM

Solidifying their superstar status with yet another career milestone, GRAMMY-winning duo Dan + Shay tour includes a stop at Nationwide Arena on March 8. Ticket information can be found here!

Performing with The Band CAMINO and Ingrid Andress.




Ohio Combat League Presents Arnold Sports Festival Mixed Martial Arts

Friday, March 6 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6:30PM

It’s that time of the year again, MMA fans! The Ohio Combat League Presents Arnold Sports Festival Mixed Martial Arts will be held this Friday at EXPRESS LIVE! If you love amateur mixed martial arts, grab your tickets and get ready for a night full of action, as part of the much larger Arnold Sports Festival.



Dan + Shay w/ The Band CAMINO & Ingrid Andress

Sunday, March 8 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

GRAMMY Award-winning country music duo, Dan + Shay, are stopping by Columbus’ Nationwide Arena during their first-ever headlining arena tour, aptly titled ‘The (Arena) Tour’. Don’t miss the chance to see these insanely talented superstars sing your favorite hits live—along with openers, The Band CAMINO and Ingrid Andress. Click here for tickets.


What We’re Looking Forward To 

Zac Brown Band

Friday, March 13 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, Zac Brown Band announced they are extending their highly successful The Owl Tour with new dates, including a Friday, March 13 stop at Nationwide Arena—complete with special guests Amos Lee, Poo Bear & Sasha Sirota. Don’t miss your chance to see this country rock band live! Click here for tickets.


Stay tuned for our next edition of Arena District Digest!