Mark your calendars; this spring and summer are going to be action-packed! From Nationwide Arena and Huntington Park to the New Crew Stadium, the Arena District is a premier three-stadium sports destination.
Get back into your game day traditions and check out the Food & Drink page for a full list of open restaurants and bars to patron in the Arena District!
Upcoming Blue Jackets home games at Nationwide Arena:
April 10, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. ET – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Chicago Blackhawks
April 12, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. ET – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Clippers Welcome Fans to Preseason Games
The Columbus Clippers announced that fans will be permitted to watch preseason exhibition games at Huntington Park beginning Friday, April 16! Season ticket holders will be given first priority for tickets, and remaining tickets will be available for $5. Learn more at milb.com/columbus and get ready to root for our beloved home team!
The Clippers regular season home opener at Huntington Park is scheduled for Tuesday, May 11. View the 2021 season schedule to start planning which games you’ll be attending this year.
The Clippers Cargo Store is now open and filled with your favorite Clippers gear. Open Tuesday – Thursday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., stop by and shop for the upcoming season.
Crew SC Matchday
Crew SC Matchday comes to the New Downtown Stadium in the Arena District on July 3. The season is already underway, so check out the schedule for upcoming games at the Historic Crew Stadium before the inaugural match on July 3.
You can now also add live concerts to your list of events to look forward to in the Arena District this year!
- PromoWest Productions announced Caamp is scheduled to play two back-to-back outdoor shows at Express LIVE!, August 27 and 28. Presale tickets to see the popular American folk band with Ohio roots go on sale Monday, April 12 at 10 AM. Regular tickets will be available on Ticketmaster.com on Friday, April 16. Visit promowestlive.com for more information regarding the venue’s reopening plans.
- Eric Church is bringing The Gather Again Tour to Columbus! Fans are excited for an opportunity to “gather again” at Nationwide Arena on Saturday, September 18. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, May 7 at 10 AM at EricChurch.com, get yours before they’re gone! Fan Health & Safety protocols are expected to evolve according to changing standards and public health directives, visit Nationwide Arena or EricChurch.com for further updates.
Take in the Sights at Columbus Blooms
Franklin Park Conservatory is hosting Columbus Blooms, a dazzling celebration of spring, from April 1-30. Its gardens will be filled with more than 125,000 tulips, narcissus, crocus, hyacinth and other stars of the season. Take a break and immerse yourself within thousands of blooms before the season is over.
Food & Drink
Hello, Patio Season
As the days get longer and the sun shines brighter, more and more restaurants in Columbus are opening up their patios. If you’re looking for a spot to dine outside, embrace springtime on these neighborhood patios:
- Nada – Enjoy chips, guac and margs. Need we say more?
- Sunny Street Café – Always a bright spot for breakfast and lunch.
- Hofbräuhaus – Their large and inviting biergarten is the perfect spot for patio biers.
Earth Day, April 22
Celebrate Earth Day at these Environmentally Friendly Restaurants
Brekkie Shack – Sustainability initiatives at Brekkie Shack include composting, recycling and utilizing reusable materials that sum up to diverting 90% of its output away from the landfill. The composting company the restaurant uses, GoZero, said, “In 2020, Brekkie Shack composted a total of 10,993 pounds. That is equivalent to taking a car off the road for 500 days!”
Ted’s Montana Grill – The restaurant’s take-away containers are reusable and made from recycled material, and the cups and cutlery are made from corn starch and are 100% compostable. Swing by for authentic American cuisine to support the business’s efforts on Earth Day.
Grandview Yard/Apartments at the Yard is LEED-certified
In 2014, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded the Grandview Yard development pre-certification as a LEED Neighborhood Development Plan (LEED-ND), making it among the Midwest’s fist LEED-ND Silver neighborhoods.
Preservation, conservation, and innovation: The design and development decisions were less about construction, and more about neighborhood. Learn more in this video: Grandview Yard LEED Certification.
Enjoy Various Outdoor Amenities
Now that the weather is warm and there is more to embrace outdoors, you’ll want to check out all of the neighborhood amenities the Arena District and Grandview Yard have to offer. If you’re looking to take a dip and cool off, Arena Crossing, Flats on Vine and Yard Club include gorgeous in-ground outdoor pools to use at your convenience. If you’re looking for a breath of fresh air, walk or bike ride over to a nearby park like McFerson or Ray E. DeGraw Park. Plus, there are running paths that connect Grandview Yard to the Scioto mile and bike rental stations just outside of the ADAC on Nationwide Blvd and on the corner of Yard. So, pick your favorite activity and take advantage of these spring-ready outdoor amenities!
Columbus Clippers Season is Almost Here
Clippers baseball is just one month away — mark your calendars and get ready to root for the Clippers during their 2021 season! Opening Day is scheduled for Tuesday, May 11 at Huntington Park, with a six-game homestand against the Omaha Storm Chasers. Click here to view the full slate of Clippers home games, several of which will feature special giveaways, deals and themes.
Columbus Crew Stadium Has an Opening Date
The Crew SC announced this week that the New Crew Stadium will open Saturday, July 3 for the team’s inaugural match in their new downtown home in the Arena District! A vision decades in the making, Columbus’ “Stadium Row” will come to fruition this year. From Nationwide Arena and Huntington Park to the New Crew Stadium, read why The Columbus Dispatch dubs the Arena District as the “new nexus of Columbus”: http://spr.ly/6189HUPqZ
The team recently unveiled the Inaugural Stadium Kit for the 2021 season as well as the local food vendor lineup within the stadium. Stay tuned for more Crew SC news leading up to matchday in the Arena District!
Watch College Basketball at Boston’s
As the next rounds of the college basketball tournament are heating up, don’t forget to support your neighborhood bars and restaurants by stopping in for the games or ordering carryout if you’re watching from home. Boston’s is a favorite go-to this time of year, located right across from Nationwide Arena and down the street from Huntington Park – choose from specialty or traditional pizzas, apps, wings, and more.
Columbus Venues and Visitor Destinations Achieve Cleanliness Accreditation
As Columbus venues, hotels, and attractions plan for welcoming out-of-town visitors back to Central Ohio, residents can take pride in the efforts made to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all. The GBAC STAR Global Cleanliness Accreditation is the cleaning industry’s gold standard and many Arena District and Grandview Yard venues have already received this recognition: The Greater Columbus Convention Center, Nationwide Arena, Hyatt Regency Columbus, and Hyatt Place Columbus/OSU.
The Grand Event Center, Courtyard by Marriott Columbus OSU, Arena District Athletic Club, and Hilton Columbus Downtown are currently pursuing accreditation. To view the full list and learn more, visit the Experience Columbus GBAC STAR webpage.
Practice Stress Relief with Creative Mindfulness
Looking to reduce stress? The Columbus Museum of Art is offering a program every second Thursday of the month titled, “Creative Mindfulness”. The 30-minute mid-day event begins with a mindfulness-based relaxation practice that helps you tune into the present moment, followed by a session of slow art-making.
“Creative Mindfulness” is inspired by a new topic each month, and includes different guest artists who share unique exercises. Follow along or focus on your own creative process—SIGN UP HERE for the next session on April 8 from 12:30-1 PM.
Food & Drink
Put Together the Perfect Easter Basket at Winans
Assemble the perfect Easter or springtime gift basket with specialty chocolates and candies from Winans in Grandview Yard! From premium chocolate bunnies to a wide variety of flavored eggs, Winans has everything you need and for a sweet celebration.
Enjoy Easter Brunch in Downtown Columbus
Looking for a place to enjoy Easter brunch in downtown Columbus? Here are some neighborhood eateries to consider:
- Brekkie Shack – Breakfast and Brunch menu
- Sunny Street Cafe – Easter Brunch Pack (preorder through April 3)
- Hofbrauhaus Columbus – Easter Sunday reservations
Come Out to Hofbrauhaus Columbus Family Night
Celebrate Family Night on the second Tuesday of every month at Hofbrauhaus Columbus, including on April, 13! Kids eat free for every adult entree purchased! Visit the Haus’ Facebook page to learn more about this monthly, kid-friendly promotion.
Don’t Miss Apartments at the Yard on the Urban Living Tour
On Sunday, May 2, take a self-guided tour of living options in downtown Columbus—including Grandview Heights’ Apartments at the Yard—during the Urban Living Tour. It’s a fun way to explore the city, browse potential living situations and learn more about the city’s beautiful urban spaces. CLICK HERE to register for the Urban Living Tour now.
Become a Resident VIP Today
As the resident of the Arena District and Grandview Yard, you automatically become a Resident VIP, granting you access to nearly 30 special discounts and promotions throughout the year. Learn more about each program below and enjoy the perks that come with living in convenient, mixed use developments.
VOTE! 614 ColumBest Awards
Now through March 21, you can vote for your favorite people, places, services and more throughout Columbus! From ‘Best Gourmet Burger’ to ‘Best Place to Get Fit’, 614 ColumBest has nominated the best businesses in the city, so get ready to pick your favorites.
In the ‘Best Apartment Complex’ category Arena Crossing, Flats on Vine and Grandview Yard (Apartments at the Yard) have been nominated. In fact, Grandview Yard has won this award for the past three consecutive years! If you have not experienced these amazing communities yourself, take a quick virtual tour on YouTube:
- Arena District – Arena Crossing
- Arena District – Flats on Vine
- Grandview Yard – Apartments at the Yard
Make sure to cast your votes HERE before March 21.
Chihuly Nights at Franklin Park Conservatory
The Franklin Park Conservatory is currently hosting the largest private collection in a botanical garden, including 19 installations of awe-inspiring Chihuly glass artwork. The Conservatory’s Chihuly Collection of colorful glass artwork is placed throughout Conservatory biomes and plant collections, and highlights the connection between art and nature. Happening from 7-10 PM on select evenings, you won’t want to miss these stunning creations.
Scavenge for the Leprechaun’s Pot of Gold
To help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Grandview Heights-area businesses and parks are partnering up for a scavenger hunt! Running from Wednesday, March 17 to Sunday, March 21, stop into local favorites like Hofbrauhaus Columbus, Winans and Club Pilates to participate in fun activities in hopes of finding the elusive Leprechaun.
Follow the clues he left behind and keep an eye on the map, because we hear he’s hiding somewhere in a store. Learn more about this fun, free event and register today!
Columbus Blue Jackets Welcome Back Fans
Nationwide Arena is excited to welcome fans back to cheer on the Columbus Blue Jackets in person! As the 5th Line returns to the Arena District on game day, read through the arena’s health and safety protocols in place to continue keeping the Columbus community healthy.
Additionally, if you’re unable to attend the game in person, make sure to continue your CBJ traditions and fuel up at Arena District bars and restaurants on game day! As the weather warms up this spring, there are plenty of patios to soak up the sunshine and cheer on the Jackets. The 2020-21 Columbus Blue Jackets schedule can be found HERE.
Check out the Columbus Crew Inaugural Stadium Kit
Columbus Crew SC has unveiled its new Community Kit for the 2021 season. Inspired by the iconic architecture of the New Crew Stadium set to open this summer, the “Inaugural Stadium Kit” features a grey, white and gold jersey, gold shorts and gold socks. Supporters can learn more about the kit and purchase their new 2021 jersey HERE. And make sure to stay connected as progress continues at the New Crew Stadium downtown in the Arena District!
Watch the Virtual Sports Report with the Columbus Blue Jackets
After nearly a year since the Columbus Blue Jackets felt the energy of a roaring crowd, The Greater Columbus Sports Commission hosted a Virtual Sports Report with the CBJ. The video features the Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and FOX Sports Ohio team broadcaster Jody Shelley and touches on the team’s protocols to keep fans, players and staff safe, the impact of passionate fans and more. Watch as former players Kekalainen and Shelley discuss how they’ve transitioned into careers at the front office and found a home in the growing Columbus hockey community.
Food & Drink
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Columbus
There are a number of bars and restaurants throughout the Arena District and Grandview Yard to stop in and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! You can get your share of holiday spirit from places like R Bar, Whistle & Keg, Boston’s, Nada, Ted’s Montana Grill and Hofbräuhaus Columbus—all featuring cold brews, delicious food and a guaranteed sham-rockin time.
Enjoy Signature St. Paddy’s Day Drinks at Winans
New seasonal drinks are now available at Winans in Grandview Yard. Stop in and try one of their delicious St. Patrick’s Day dessert drinks! If you’re in the mood for something sweet, the “Pot O’ Gold” with white chocolate and caramel may be just what you need, or cool off with a Green Tea Mint Latte—the perfect color to celebrate!
Creamy Ranch and Fried Chicken are Calling Your Name
New to the Arena District, Fried Chicka Bang, is certainly making a bang in Downtown Columbus!
This 90’s inspired sandwich shop can be found inside of Sunny Street’s location in the Arena District. From Wednesday through Sunday from 4-8:30 PM you can find the trio of sisters and sisters-in-law serving up fun and funky fried chicken sandwiches and sides. Get the full dish here.
Resident Night at Hofbrauhaus Columbus
Residents of Apartments at the Yard, mark your calendars on March 18 for the next resident night at Hofbrauhaus Columbus! Be sure to b ring your resident VIP card to take advantage of this great offering, $10 of a food purchase of $30 or more.
Honoring Black History Month in Columbus
With one more week of Black History Month to celebrate, Experience Columbus detailed some of the many events, exhibitions, discussions and activities you can participate in to honor the observance. Click here to check out the blog and explore their running list of things to do.
Bring History to Life with Grandview History Walks
Grandview Heights is a beloved community in Columbus and you’re invited to explore some of its local legend with the free History Walks app. The self-guided tour shares the history behind old buildings and tells fascinating anecdotes about the people and organizations that once called Grandview Heights home—all while walking in and around the area’s many landmarks. A newly added tour called “To Utopia and Back” features Grandview Yard! Click here to learn more.
Admire the Orchids at Franklin Park Conservatory
Orchids are admired by millions for their colorful and fragrant blooms. Now, you can visit Columbus’ Franklin Park Conservatory to see thousands of these vibrant flowers up close. Witness gorgeous arrangements and take in the senses during this limited-time exhibition, ending March 7. Click here to reserve your tickets.
The Grand Event Center Wins WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award
Each year, WeddingWire couples vote on their favorite wedding venues. Now, the rankings are in, and The Grand Event Center at Grandview Yard has won the 2021 Couples’ Choice Award! This dynamic space has been host to wedding ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and celebrations over the years, and will continue to create magical moments for couples throughout Central Ohio.
Watch the Blue Jackets in Action
Don’t miss the Columbus Blue Jackets action during their 20th season on the ice. The 2021 schedule and TV broadcast information can be found HERE. You can still recreate the game-day experience by watching at a neighborhood bar, ordering carryout or delivery from an Arena District restaurant.
Enjoy Open Skate at OhioHealth Ice Haus
Looking for a fun winter activity to do indoors? Grab some friends and take part in open skating at the OhioHealth Ice Haus. Open seven days a week during select times, the ice rinks are freshly zamboni’d and ready for action. Due to COVID, advance tickets must be purchased—click here to learn more.
Lease Amenity-Filled, Move-In Ready Apartments for Spring & Summer
Are you looking to make a move in the spring or summertime? Don’t wait to start your search, reserve your next apartment home now. Check out what makes Columbus Downtown Apartments in the Arena District and Grandview Yard your top choice for summer fun. From the rooftop pool at Arena Crossing to the Yard Club amenities building in Grandview Yard, you’re sure to make a splash in 2021! Plus, as a resident of these neighborhoods, you can take advantage of the Resident VIP program, show your resident black card and receive exclusive discounts and offerings from nearly 30 restaurants, and service providers.
Explore the amenities of available apartments in downtown Columbus—click here to see Arena Crossing Apartments amenities, click here to check out Apartments at the Yard amenities, and click here to view Flats on Vine and Flats II amenities.
Food & Drink
Can’t Stand the Cold? Zoup! & Panera Bread to the Rescue
Winter is soup season in Columbus, and for good reason—there’s no better way to beat the cold than a hot, hearty and flavorful cup of bouillon. Two nearby soup spots provide the warm deliciousness you’re looking for, Zoup! In the Arena District and Panera Bread in Grandview Yard.
Get Lent Specials at Buca di Beppo
If you recognize the season of Lent, Buca di Beppo Arena District is the place to go for fantastic specials. Choose from rich, buttery linguine & clams, or fresh lemon shrimp scampi. Visit their website to place your order now for to-go, dine-in or delivery.
Resident VIP Highlight | Giant Eagle Market District Curbside Express
Did you know that as a resident of a downtown Columbus apartment, you’re entitled to a discount code offering FREE curbside express pickup on orders of $75 or more? Never wait in a checkout line again—simply order online, drive to the curbside express area and get your groceries delivered to your car without lifting a finger. Refer to your VIP program overview or ask your leasing office for your discount code.
Health & Fitness
Stay Fit at Arena District Athletic Club & Club Pilates
Stay in shape amidst the frigid weather with a membership to a nearby fitness studio! Both the Arena District Athletic Club and Grandview Yard’s Club Pilates offer custom membership options to fit your needs. Offering a spacious, clean and thoroughly sanitized environment, both venues offer the perfect place to get your heart rate up while staying safe this winter.
Valentine’s Day in Columbus
Valentine’s Day Experiences
With Valentine’s Day coming up, there are several romantic (and socially-distant) experiences for couples to enjoy in Columbus. If you’re still thinking of ways to impress your Valentine this year, here are a few local gift options:
- Take a helicopter tour of Columbus
- Create a custom scent at The Candle Lab
- Book a romantic staycation at the Hyatt Regency Columbus
- Hotel features renovated guest rooms and proximity to restaurants and bars, North Market, and the Scioto Mile
Valentine’s Day Sweets + Eats
Don’t wait until the last minute to make your Valentine’s Day plans! Whether you’re treating your partner, friends or yourself, here is a list of eateries offering savory specials for the holiday everyone will love.
- Winans Chocolates + Coffee + Wines
- You can pre-order Winans chocolate-covered strawberries through February 7, Valentine’s Day drinks are also available, and of course they have plenty of chocolate, wine, and gifts for your Valentine!
- Brekkie Shack
- Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday, which is every brunch lover’s dream! Treat your valentine to something savory and sweet at Brekkie Shack.
- Ted’s Montana Grill
- Ted’s will be celebrating Valentine’s Day weekend with extended hours of operation and special Chef’s Features. Don’t want to dine out? The Arena District restaurant will feature a Valentine’s Day Butcher Box available for purchase here.
- Rodizio Grill
- Rodizio’s limited number of Valentine’s Day tables are filling up fast. Don’t wait until the last minute. Reserve your table today for a fine, romantic Brazilian-style dinner.
- Hofbrauhaus Columbus
Why do residents Love living in Columbus?
Well for starters, when you live in the Arena District and Grandview Yard, you are granted special access to a Resident VIP Program. Upon move-in, residents receive a VIP card which unlocks access to nearly 30 VIP offerings and discounts.
Adding to the excitement, Fried Chicka Bang is now offering Arena District and Grandview Yard residents 10% off their order Wednesday through Sunday. Hofbrauhaus Columbus is also offering a VIP resident night—with the first one starting February 18—featuring $10 off of $30 when you show your VIP card.
Decorate Your Apartment for Valentine’s Day
Celebrate Valentine’s Day by decorating your apartment in lovey-dovey fashion! Surprise your partner by making a heart out of red & white balloons (or anything really), incorporate plants and flowers throughout the home or make a Valentine gallery wall! Click here to read more ways to decorate your apartment for Valentine’s Day.
Food & Drink
Make Boston’s Your Game Day Destination
If you need a place to watch the big game with friends, look no further than Boston’s in the Arena District. This neighborhood sports bar is known for their delicious pizza, a full bar, friendly staff, and of course plenty of TV’s to catch the action live.
Ted’s Montana Grill Now on DoorDash!
Wishing you could enjoy a fresh and juicy bison burger from the comfort of your couch? Ted’s Montana Grill is now officially on DoorDash! Get ultra-tasty, one-of-a-kind meals delivered straight from this popular Arena District restaurant, right to your door. Click HERE to order now.
Let’s Go Blue Jackets!
Don’t miss the Columbus Blue Jackets action during their 20th season on the ice. The 2021 schedule and TV broadcast information can be found HERE. While Nationwide Arena remains closed to spectators during the game, you can still recreate the game-day experience by watching at a neighborhood bar, ordering carryout or delivery from an Arena District restaurant.
Columbus Crew SC
The very first seats were just installed in the Columbus Crew SC’s new Downtown Stadium! There may be snow on the ground now, but it will be worth the wait to experience a Crew game in the Arena District, a premiere sports entertainment destination. Visit CrewStadium.com for the latest stadium updates, renderings, Crew SC news, and a construction cam.
Blue Jackets Hockey is Back!
The Columbus Blue Jackets’ 20th season on ice is here! The team is playing in the realigned Central Division this season. Check out this video from the team’s home opener to get pumped up for the season ahead! The 2021 schedule and TV broadcast information can be found HERE.
The Jackets will be playing a ton these next couple of weeks, and while Nationwide Arena remains closed to spectators during the game, you can still recreate the game-day experience by ordering carryout or home delivery from an Arena District restaurant. And if you’re looking for ways to get active this winter, there’s still time to join the CBJ Virtual 20K (ends January 30).
Illuminate Your Apartment with the 2021 Pantone Colors of the Year
The 2021 Pantone Colors of the Year are Ultimate Gray + Illuminating, and there is no shortage of ways to incorporate these uplifting shades into your Columbus apartment. Since these design trends come and go, it’s sometimes best to make small updates such as swapping out area rugs, pillows, throw blankets, wall art and other furnishings for their color-appropriate counterparts. The neutrality of Ultimate Gray makes it perfect for the kitchen and bathroom, as it can be paired with dozens of other hues.
Virtually Tour the Latest Units in Apartments at the Yard
The newest buildings to the Apartments at the Yard collection Kipton and Dorchester are available, but units are going fast! Take a virtual tour of each building to determine which layout is right for you. Discover your best move by clicking below and touring virtually on YouTube. The leasing team may also be contacted for an in-person tour or a live, virtually guided tour.
Food & Drink
Restaurant Week Columbus
It’s time again to partake in a favorite Columbus tradition, Restaurant Week! Eat well and support local restaurants during Restaurant Week from January 25 – 30. Here’s what on the menu from participating Arena District and Grandview Yard neighborhood restaurants:
- Buca di Beppo: $40 for two | $20 for one, available for dine-in and carryout
- Hofbrauhaus Columbus: $20 per diner, dine-in only
- Rodizio Grill: $30 per diner, dine-in only
Get Your Coffee Fix in Grandview Yard & Arena District
Nothing beats the winter blues better than a tasty cup of coffee, and there are multiple spots to get your caffeine fix within Grandview Yard and the Arena District. Here are just a few great coffee shops to choose from:
- Brekkie Shack
- Winans Chocolates + Coffees + Wines
- Panera Bread
- Starbucks (Giant Eagle Market District)
- Sunny Street Café
- Starbucks (Nationwide Arena)
- Tim Hortons (Huntington Park)
Make Hofbrauhaus Columbus Your Game-Day Destination
Did you know Hofbrauhaus Columbus is one of the best places in Columbus to watch live sports? From NFL to NHL, you’ll have access to every game on dozens of HDTVs. Don’t miss out on game-day specials and the upcoming February bier of the month, Doppel Bock.
Health & Wellness
Move Your Winter Workout Indoors
With chilly temperatures and New Year resolutions on the mind, the Arena District Athletic Club is a great option for moving your workout indoors. Exceed your 2021 fitness goals with the help of ADAC’s variety of cardio machines, weight equipment, and experienced personal trainers. Consider trialing the Arena District Athletic Club today—Arena District residents are encouraged to check Active Building for a special offer!
Vote The Grand Event Center for 2021 Best of Columbus Weddings
The Grand Event Center in Grandview Yard has been nominated as one of the ‘2021 Best of Columbus Weddings’ venues! This dynamic space has been host to wedding ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and celebrations over the years—creating truly magical moments for couples throughout Central Ohio. Take part in the annual readers’ poll on SurveyMonkey and vote for The Grand by February 7.
Donate Blood with the Columbus Clippers
The Columbus Clippers are teaming up with the American Red Cross to host another blood drive at Huntington Park! On Thursday, January 28, Huntington Park will open its gates to donors from 10 AM – 4 PM.
Visit the Red Cross website and use the sponsor code “clippers” to register!
Blue Jackets Hockey is Back!
The Columbus Blue Jackets’ 20th season on the ice is just around the corner! Get ready to cheer on your NHL home team starting Monday, January 14. The 2020-21 schedule can be found HERE.
You can recreate the game day experience at home by ordering carryout or delivery from a restaurant in the Arena District! And if you need an excuse to get active this winter, the CBJ Virtual 20K starts January 11.
Experience Columbus Releases “Best Columbus Moments of 2020”
Throughout 2020, there were plenty of bright spots for the city of Columbus—and its residents—that helped bring some positivity to abnormal times. Experience Columbus detailed the top five moments in a new article. The top highlight? Columbus Crew’s rally to win the MLS Championship in December. The new Crew Stadium is slated to be completed in 2021, adding another exciting element to the Arena District.
Cbus sports is on a roll, and the excitement for Crew, Clippers and Blue Jackets fans will continue into 2021. Square in the middle of it all are residents of Arena District apartments—who enjoy walkability to all three stadiums, access to tons of nearby gameday hotspots and, best of all, the pulsating energy that fills the district following a big win.
What’s Your Apartment’s Walkability Score?
Location is Everything! When considering the location of your next apartment home, consider researching the neighborhood’s walkability score. Neighborhoods are typically seen as having good walkability if they score 70 or above.
Based on walkscore.com, The Arena District walk score is 79—‘very walkable’—and has a bike score of 88—‘very bikeable’. With proximity to three major sports destinations and dozens of restaurants, bars, parks, and bike trails, it’s easy to see why apartments in the Arena District are a smart and exciting choice for active downtown Columbus residents.
Food & Drink
Fried Chicka Bang Now Open in the Arena District
A BRAND NEW fried chicken sandwich pop-up restaurant is now officially open in the Arena District—Fried Chicka Bang, located within Sunny Street Café! Dive in to their delicious, high-quality chicken and salads by making an order online. Delivery is the primary ordering service but a patio pickup window carryout is also available. Click here to view the menu.
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 4:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: 277 W Nationwide Blvd. (within Sunny Street Café)
Celebrate Family Night at Hofbrauhaus Columbus
Celebrate Family Night on the second Tuesday of every month at Hofbrauhaus Columbus! Kids eat free for every adult entree purchased! Visit the Haus’ Facebook page to learn more about this monthly, kid-friendly promotion.
Enjoy Happy Hour Every Wednesday & Thursday at Whistle & Keg
If you’ve been searching for the perfect happy hour, Whistle & Keg is ringing in 2021 with not one, but two hop-filled weekdays to imbibe. Try the Arena District taproom’s full selection of craft brews while watching an upcoming Blue Jackets game!
Wednesday: ½ off odd-numbered taps from 4-7 PM
Thursday: ½ off even-numbered taps from 4-7 PM
Health & Wellness
Ways to Stay Healthy in 2021
With the start of a new year, you may have new medical benefits to utilize. Ensure you’re in tip-top shape and explore some of the top in-network medical professionals and providers in Columbus:
Women’s Health and Wellness
Congratulations to the Columbus Crew SC
We are proud to celebrate the Columbus Crew SC becoming MLS Cup Champions! A championship is always a special moment, but after facing challenges like relocating and taking on new ownership, this is more than just a victory. Congratulations Columbus Crew SC! Can’t wait until next season? Watch the new stadium progress on this live Downtown Construction Camera.
Celebrate Holidays in Cbus
This year the holiday season is unlike any other, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of ways to celebrate safely in Cbus! If you’re looking for a fun experience, visit the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for Holiday Blooms, and enjoy hundreds of colorful, unique poinsettias—or take advantage of social distanced options such as drive-in activities at the South Drive-In or Community Drive-In. Experience Columbus has a great compilation of things to do to keep your season merry throughout the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods.
Neighborhood Dining & Beauty Services
There’s nothing like a fantastic meal during the holidays – whether it’s at a restaurant or within the comforts of your own home. And if you’re doing the cooking, why not pair your traditional homemade dishes with a carryout cocktail or growler from a neighborhood restaurant or bar?
Breakfast & Brunch:
Book Winter Services at MY SALON Suite
It’s important to find a way to lift your spirits and treat yourself to some self-care this winter! MY SALON Suite in Grandview Yard is your one-stop-shop for beauty services—with talented professionals available specializing in haircare, skincare, nails, and airbrush tanning. Find a local professional and get yourself looking fresh for winter. Once you make an appointment, stop inside a nearby restaurant before or after—brunch, coffee and wine are just steps away!
Kick-it in the Arena District
Life is a home run when you live in the city’s premier sports destination. With a new, walkable Columbus Crew stadium coming 2021, our new normal looks pretty sweet in the Arena District!
- Walk to your favorite restaurants and bars
- Bike through trails, parks and connective routes
- Walk to Huntington Park, Nationwide Arena and the new Crew Stadium in 2021
- Enjoy modern interiors and spacious living at Arena Crossing, Flats on Vine and Flats II
Virtually Tour Apartments Over the Holidays
There’s no place like home for the holidays, but if you are in search of a new and exciting home to kick off your new year, there are virtual tour options available. Check out the Apartments at the Yard and Arena District Living YouTube channels to explore your options, stay warm and save energy during this busy time of year.
Health & Fitness
Join ADAC and Save!
The Arena District Athletic Club offers custom membership options to fit your needs. Offering a spacious, clean and thoroughly sanitized environment, ADAC offers the perfect location to get your heart rate up while staying active this winter. And for a special holiday promotion, new members can join now for six months and get a 7th month free: JOIN.
Virtual CBJ 20K
Don’t forget, registration for the Columbus Blue Jackets OhioHealth CBJ 20K is open! The Virtual 20K, in recognition of the upcoming 20th NHL season, welcomes all runners and walkers. The rules are simple—just run or walk 20 kilometers (approx. 12.4 miles) anywhere, anytime, between January 11-30, 2021.
Register by December 28, and CBJ will mail you your race bib, event shirt and finisher’s medal before the event! Sign up for this virtual race event taking place in January at CBJ20K.com.
On Saturday night, the Columbus Crew won their second MLS Cup with a 3-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders. A championship is always a special moment, but this was something out of a Hollywood screenplay. Just over three years ago, it was announced that the team would be relocated to Austin, Texas. Two years ago, new ownership took over which would keep the Crew where they belong, right here in Columbus. Next summer, a gorgeous new stadium will open up in the Arena District, meaning this game was the final playoff game in Mapfre Stadium, the first pro soccer specific stadium in the US.
Many Blue Jackets players were posting their support before, during, and after the game. Elvis Merzlikins even managed to score one of the few tickets to the game:
Riley Nash, meanwhile, was like the rest of us who were watching from home:
I have to agree with the team’s official account here. We’re all very proud of what the Crew accomplished.
No city more poised. No supporters more deserving.
We are a sports story like 𝐧𝐨 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫.
We are the Columbus Crew: 2020 MLS CUP CHAMPIONS. pic.twitter.com/2C3V1RcpLJ
— Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) December 13, 2020
The week that was
The NHL is getting closer to starting the 2020-21 season, with word that the league and the players had agreed not to amend the CBA signed this summer. Now they have to figure out what special rules will apply to the season, including roster sizes and playoff format. The dates to start are not set, but it’s being widely reported that training camps will start between December 28 and January 1, with the season starting by January 13. We’re just two weeks from that camp start date for the seven non-bubble teams so hopefully an official announcement is coming soon.
The other bit of news from last week was the rumored realignment of the divisions. This realignment is necessary due to the border restrictions between the US and Canada. Rachel wrote about the divisions here. If I may quote myself from the comments, here is how I see the Blue Jackets faring in this temporary Central Division:
Within that set of four, I see the Jackets as slightly behind Carolina, slightly ahead of Nashville, and a step or two ahead of Florida. So, over 8 games each:
3-5 or 4-4 vs. Carolina
5-3 or 4-4 vs. Nashville
5-3 or 6-2 vs. Florida
Probably 1-7 or 2-6 against Tampa. 6-2 against Minnesota and Chicago. 7-1 against Detroit.
34-22, so somewhere from 68-74ish points depending on how many OTL.
On the 31 Thoughts podcast, Eliotte Friedman said that Minnesota may be swapped out for either St. Louis or Dallas. Either would make the division more difficult, and take a few wins off of my projection.
Before that news came out, The Cannon Cast discussed some past and future Blue Jackets stars.
The Jackets 20 series went with an old and new player, one a captain and one a future captain. First, Will remembered Ray Whitney’s great 2002-03 season. Then, MrSwift13 reminisced about the trade that brought Seth Jones to Columbus. I did not remember how much I disliked the trade at first, but I am very glad to be wrong.
Seth Jones and Zach Werenski both made the list of NHL Network’s Top 50 Players. Do you agree or disagree with their rankings?
Presented without comment
Play me out
Only one song to play after a Crew win:
Looking for gifts and events to keep you busy this holiday season?
Clippers Cash makes a great Holiday gift!
Use at Huntington Park at the Columbus Clippers Cargo Store to buy tickets, or concessions.
Available in $1, $2, $5 and $10. |Purchase online through the Cargo Store or call 614-462-2757.
CBJ Virtual 20K
Celebrate the 20 years of the Columbus Blue Jackets by participating in the OhioHealth CBJ Virtual 20K!
The Virtual OhioHealth CBJ 20K is open to all runners and walkers. The rules are simple and easy: Sign up and then run or walk 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) anywhere at anytime between January 11-30, 2021.
Celebrate Holidays in Cbus
This is a holiday season unlike any other, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty of ways to celebrate safely in Cbus. Experience Columbus has a great compilation of things to do to keep your mood and season merry throughout the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods. If you’re looking for a way to give back to the community, Columbus Gives Back is offering several volunteer opportunities for young professionals to participate in, ensuring a happy holiday season for all of Cbus.
Holiday Gift Guide for Dogs
When buying gifts this holiday season, don’t forget about the dogs! Whether it’s your own pet or a friend or family members, furry friends deserve presents too. To find a list of the top items to get their tail wagging, check out great gift ideas from BarkEats—a Columbus-based dog-food delivery company and the maker of BarkBox.
If you are searching for a new downtown Columbus apartment home over the holidays and need to ensure it is pet-friendly, check out Apartments at the Yard, Flats on Vine and Flats II properties which allow both cats and dogs.
Enjoy Virtual Holiday Performances
Although live performances have been postponed this season, you can still treat yourself to a delightful experience with virtual holiday performances in Columbus! Purchase tickets online and enjoy everything these performances have to offer right from the comfort of your home. Watch a collection of eight short plays during Madlab Presents: A Very Covid Christmas—or reminisce with Charles Dickens during the timeless classic A Columbus Christmas Carol. Performances run through December 27, so pick your favorite story, sit down with a tasty snack and make this a season to remember.
Grandview Heights-OPOLY is Happening Now
Grandview Heights is hosting Grandview Heights-OPOLY, a fun spin on Monopoly, to support the community this holiday season. Anyone can play, and many Grandview Yard businesses are joining in on the fun. Collect all of the properties for a chance to win gift baskets just in time for the holidays! Prizes range from $25 gift baskets to $150 value baskets. Don’t wait too long to start —the game runs through December 14.
Click here to register. And make sure to keep your eye out for the Shop Local – Dine Local logo as you support local businesses throughout Grandview Heights.
Food & Drink
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Are you more of a Christmas ale or a holly jolly cocktail fan? Luckily, there are a ton of festive brews to try this time of year! Arena District bars and restaurants have local brews and creative cocktails to fit your fancy. Residents are lucky to have so many options nearby—neighborhood happy hour or weekend brunch is just a few steps away!
- See what’s on tap at Whistle & Keg.
- Hofbrauhaus just tapped their festive Christmas Lager: Weihnachtsbier. A flavorful malty, amber lager with a nice hop “spiciness” in the finish.
- Warm up with a seasonal coffee or latte from Winans (Grandview Yard), Brekkie Shack (Grandview Yard) or Sunny Street Café (Arena District).
Arena District and Grandview Yard restaurants are open for dine-in, carryout and delivery service. If you’re planning to dine at a restaurant, don’t forget your mask, and call ahead to confirm holiday hours and availability where seating may be limited.
Health & Fitness
Stay Fit this Season
2020 is coming to an end, which means it’s time to escape the cold weather and bring your workout indoors! By joining the Arena District Athletic Club, located in the heart of the Arena District, you can have access to private training sessions and a variety of amenities, all while staying warm indoors. Hours of operation vary, but with the spacious, clean and thoroughly sanitized environment ADAC has to offer, you’ll enjoy exercising all season long. Join now and discover new ways to keep your heart rate up this winter.
Residents of the Arena District receive a special 6-month membership offer with VIP rewards perks. If you are a resident, contact leasing for your promo code and receive a 6-month membership at $68/month.
Virtual Races in Cbus this Month
Don’t forget, the Columbus Crew SC Virtual 4 Miler is taking place this weekend, December 4-6. Additionally, registration for the Columbus Blue Jackets OhioHealth CBJ 20K is now open! The Virtual 20K, in recognition of the upcoming 20th NHL season, welcomes all runners and walkers. The rules are simple—just run or walk 20 kilometers (approx. 12.4 miles) anywhere, anytime, between January 11-30, 2021.
Register by December 28, and CBJ will mail you your race bib, event shirt and finisher’s medal before the event! Sign up for this virtual race event taking place in January at CBJ20K.com.
Apartment Decorating for the Winter Holidays
It’s that time of the year! Time to pull out your holiday decorations and add some sparkle to your Columbus apartment. To help you enhance your decorating skills, here are some winter tips to make your apartment’s holiday transition easier this year.
- Hang a festive wreath on your front door – for a fulfilled activity, make your own
- Light a holiday candle – checkout the newest holiday scents from Candle Lab
- Brighten up dull furniture with holiday-themed throw pillows
- Place your indoor holiday tree in front of a window for neighborly visibility
- Add some live greenery to your balcony space like a small pine tree – available at Giant Eagle Market District Grandview Yard
- Make a winter centerpiece using natural elements like pinecones and greenery