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Up Front in Cbus | July 16- July 30

Columbus Community

Celebrate All Things BBQ

The summertime tradition of BBQ and Ribs lives on with a week-long BBQ event from July 19-25! Jazz & Rib Fest BBQ Week will feature barbecue-inspired specials at local restaurants, food trucks, and dining establishments throughout the region. For a list of participating businesses, click here.

Sip the Flavors of Summer

The Columbus Summer Beerfest is back! Ohio’s largest craft beer festival will return on Saturday, July 24 at Express LIVE! for its 11th year. Invite your friends for a chance to sample over 200 craft beers and cocktails! Click here for more information. 

BAM Thursdays at CMoA

Join the Columbus Museum of Art for BAM Thursdays (Bar, Art and Music) throughout July! Every week will bring fresh libations, great art, and music from a featured live artist from 6-8 p.m.. Sip and vibe with friends in the garden space or Schokko Café. Click here for more details.

Beer Run for a Cause

Run to Hofbräuhaus Brewery & Restaurant for a refreshing craft bier, but this time do it for a cause! Hofbrauhaus’s Columbus Bier Run benefits the Pink Ribbon Girls. Join the race and enjoy a Hofbräuhaus bier sample every half mile and finish off with a 16oz bier at the after-party! Click here for more information.


Food & Drink

Habaneros is Opening at Grandview Yard

Habaneros Fresh Mexican Grill, a locally owned and family-operated restaurant featuring a mix of Tex-Mex dishes and authentic Mexican street tacos, is expected to open Sunday, July 18 in Grandview Yard. Dine in with some friends and enjoy traditional Mexican flavors and drinks on their gorgeous patio this month.

Celebrate National Bison Month

July is National Bison Month and Ted’s Montana Grill is celebrating with an American Burger Photo Contest! Order your favorite bison burger, snap a photo of it and post it to social media for a chance to win a selection of premium meats. For more contest details, click here.

Start the Day Off Right

Whether you’re working from home or in the office, early mornings (or late afternoons) call for a delicious cup of coffee. Start your day off right with a caffeine fix from the following neighborhood cafes:

Grandview Yard

Arena District

Columbus Sports

No Place Like Home

A sea of black and gold filled the new Field as fans cheered on the Columbus Crew at their July 3 inaugural match. Check out this incredible footage from the March to the Match.

The excitement of a new era at Field has just begun! Cheer on The Crew throughout the month as they take on NYC FC on July 17 and Nashville SC on July 21. See the full schedule here

On matchday, head to the Arena District early and enjoy dinner or drinks at a nearby restaurant before kickoff. Fans can even reserve parking online here in advance.

Cheer on The Clippers

Take your friends out to the ball game and cheer on the Columbus Clippers as they host the Iowa Cubs in a homestand from July 20-25. Huntington Park offers a variety of game specials throughout the season, including Dime-A-Dog nights at every Tuesday home game! View the 2021 season schedule and game specials here


Columbus Entertainment

Events Coming to Downtown Columbus

Live concerts and events are back at  Express LIVE! and Nationwide Arena! Visit the Arena District Events page to stay updated on all of the events coming to downtown Columbus


EXPRESS LIVE! Box Office Reopening July 19

The box office at EXPRESS LIVE! is reopening on Monday, July 19! Stop by on opening day and enter to win concert tickets and swag! 

EXPRESS LIVE! Box Office Hours:

Monday – Friday | 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Extended hours on show days

Saturday & Sunday | 12:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Only open on show days


Columbus Living 

Live In The Action

The Arena District could not be a more exciting place to live! Within walking distance to the new Crew stadium, Nationwide Arena, Huntington Park and more, you can experience Columbus’ top sports and entertainment venues all outside your doorstep. Live in the action—view Arena District apartment offerings by taking a virtual tour on their YouTube channel.

For a more suburban atmosphere that’s still close to the action, Grandview Yard is your destination. Less than 10 minutes from the Arena District and close to the Olentangy bike trail connecting to downtown, Grandview Yard residents get the best of both worlds. Featuring pet walking stations, service providers and a neighborhood grocer, residents have the ability to embrace the energy of downtown Columbus at their own discretion.

Apartments for both neighborhoods are currently limited—fill out a contact form and reserve your perfect apartment for the fall.

Up Front in Cbus | July 2 – July 16

Columbus Sports

March to the Match

Up Front in Cbus | July 2 - July 16

The Columbus Crew’s inaugural match at their new stadium in the Arena District is finally here! Join fellow Crew fans on July 3 for the March to the Match as the Black & Gold open up Field and take on the New England Revolution. 

The march event will begin at 3:45 p.m. at 1st Avenue & High Street, coming through the Arena District at Battelle Plaza and concluding at Field. Neighborhood bars and restaurants will be open to celebrate the inaugural match! For more information, click here

Can’t make it this weekend? Cheer on The Crew during the remaining home matches in July. View the full schedule here.

  • July 3, 2021 @ 5:00 PM | Columbus Crew vs. New England Revolution
  • July 17, 2021 @ 7:30 PM | Columbus Crew vs. New York City FC
  • July 21, 2021 @ 7:30 PM | Columbus Crew vs. Nashville SC

Cheer on the Clippers 

Catch a Clippers game with your friends throughout the month of July. The Columbus Clippers host the Indianapolis Indians on July 6-11 and the Iowa Cubs in a homestand on July 20-25. Huntington Park offers a variety of game specials throughout the season, including Dime-A-Dog nights at every Tuesday home game! View the 2021 season schedule and game specials here


Columbus Community

 Get Wacky at the Doo Dah Parade

The annual Doo Dah Parade is back on July 4! Celebrate lunacy and liberty with a live music lineup starting at noon, immediately followed by your chance to watch or join the wacky march through the city. Click here for more information.

Calling All Coffee Lovers

The 6th annual Columbus Coffee Festival will be taking over Ohio Village on September 25 and 26. The two-day festival offers guests the chance to enjoy coffee samples from roasters and coffee shops from around Ohio and beyond. Get your tickets here before they sell out!

Watch the Champions at The Arnold Classic

The famed Arnold Classic returns to Columbus on September 25! Purchase tickets to watch the world’s best bodybuilders and the fittest people on the planet compete in competitions of strength and endurance. The Arnold Sports Festival provides tons of opportunities for spectators to join the fun, too! Tickets go on sale on July 1, click here for more information. 

Stay in Shape for Summer

The Arena District Athletic Club recently expanded their hours and are now open on Sundays! This spacious workout facility offers a wide variety of equipment and friendly staff that help support you in your fitness journey throughout the summer and beyond. For more information on the Club’s amenities or to sign up for the next fitCAMP session, click here. 

Better Your Health & Wellness

Looking for a new way to better your health? Club Pilates offers a range of classes that challenge your mind as well as your body and guide you on a path to a richer, more fulfilling life. Take a free Intro class today and get started on a path to a better tomorrow. 


Columbus Living 

Let Freedom Ring  from your Columbus Downtown Apartment

Fourth of July is almost here! Host a party in your Columbus downtown apartment and serve your guests the ultimate spread that bursts with flavor! Check out this list of our favorite red, white and blue dishes and drinks here.

The Ultimate Sports Destination

With the addition of the Columbus Crew’s new stadium– Field–the Arena District has evolved into Columbus’s ultimate sports destination—now housing the city’s three largest professional sports venues within walking distance. Sound like a place you might want to live? Read more about the growing downtown Columbus community here.


Columbus Entertainment

Live Events in Downtown Columbus

Live concerts and events are back in downtown Columbus! Visit the Arena District Events page to stay updated on all of the events coming to Express LIVE! and Nationwide Arena.


Let Freedom Ring: Celebrate with Patriotic Dishes and Drinks

If you are hosting a get together in your Columbus downtown apartment this Fourth of July, you’ll want to dazzle your neighbors and guests with dishes and drinks that are not only festive, but burst with flavor! 

Start planning your menu with some star-spangled food and drink suggestions to up your Fourth of July party game: 


4th of July Dishes

Savory Sandwiches & Subs

Looking for a meal you can’t go wrong with? Try savory sandwiches or sub platters from Jason’s Deli or Jimmy John’s. With several varieties to choose from, you’ll be sure to satisfy everyone’s taste buds! Take it a step further and decorate each sandwich or sub with mini American flags for an added festive flair. 

The Weekend Forecast calls for Sunshine 

Wake up to something delicious over Fourth of July weekend. Sunny Street Cafe has all of the sweet and savory dishes you’ve been craving. Try their new Summer Pancake Bar. With toppings like fresh berries, Oreo crumble, cinnamon butter, tres leches and more – you won’t be disappointed! 

Firecracker Hot Dogs

Excite the crowd with firecracker hotdogs! Easy to make and appropriately themed, this adult-sized treat is a remix of everyone’s childhood favorite—pigs in a blanket. Firecracker hot dogs are also the perfect grab-and-go snack to serve before you head out to watch the fireworks. If you’re not up to making your own, head over to Tasty Dawg in the Arena District for some handcrafted, all-beef hot dogs. 

Red, White & Blue Strawberries

These patriotic chocolate-covered strawberries will be the star of any party. Take a strawberry, dip the lower half in white chocolate and coat the bottom section in blue sugar or sprinkles. Or, try dipping the strawberry in yogurt for a healthy twist to this tasty recipe.

Star-Spangled Blackberry Pie

All eyes will be on this pie! The centerpiece-worthy dessert is loaded with fresh, juicy blackberries and topped with star-shaped crust cutouts. Make it the ultimate Independence Day treat and serve with a scoop of delicious vanilla ice cream.


4th of July Drinks

Bomb Pop Cocktails

This effortless, celebratory popsicle cocktail is perfect for guests of all ages! Stock up on your favorite red, white or blue sparkling beverages and serve with bomb pops for an intoxicatingly fun summer treat! 

Sparkling Blueberry Punch

Celebrate in style and stay cool all day long with this refreshing sparkling blueberry punch. Made with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and fresh lemon juice, this punch is the perfect balance of sweet and sour. 

Stars & Stripes Milkshake

Cool off with a dessert you can drink! This Fourth of July milkshake is easy to make and can be easily customized. Set up a milkshake bar with festive treats such as sprinkles, cookies and candy and let your guests decorate however they’d like.

Patriotic Piña Coladas

Turn your celebration into a tropical oasis with these patriotic piña coladas. Perfect for a hot day, this delicious summer drink can easily be made festive by adding a splash of grenadine and blue curacao.

Need to get grocery shopping? Visit the Giant Eagle Market District in Grandview Yard to knock out your full grocery list or stop by Nelson’s Convenience Store for some last-minute party drinks and snacks in the Arena District. 

Columbus Crew’s new stadium cements Arena District’s evolution into sports destination

Article originally published in The Columbus Dispatch by Jim Weiker

The Columbus Crew’s new stadium isn’t the final piece of the Arena District puzzle. Several large parcels remain to be developed in the neighborhood at the western edge of Downtown. 

But the soccer stadium does cement the district’s evolution from a nightlife destination into a residential and office neighborhood anchored by sports.

From the beginning, the Arena District was designed to include far more than an arena. 

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Up Front in Cbus | April 9 – April 23


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 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.


Concert Announcements

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 on Friday, April 16. Visit 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, 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 for further updates.


Columbus Community

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.

But wait, there’s more: visit or for a full list of neighborhood restaurants and bars.


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

Up Front in Cbus | April 9 - April 23

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.


Columbus Living

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!

Up Front in Cbus | March 26 – April 9, 2021


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”: 

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 Community

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:


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.


Columbus Living

Up Front in Cbus | March 26 - April 9, 2021

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. 

It’s a date: new Crew Stadium will open July 3 against New England

Article originally published in the Columbus Dispatch by Jacob Myers

Photos: Doral Chenoweth/Dispatch

Nearly 21 months after groundbreaking, new Crew Stadium will finally open its gates.

The new $313.9 million stadium located west of the Arena District at Astor Park will officially open for the first game on July 3 when the Crew plays the New England Revolution at 5 p.m. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.

Crew home schedule

April 18 — Philadelphia Union (FS1)

May 8 — DC United

May 29 — Toronto FC

Jun 19 — Chicago Fire

July 3 — New England Revolution (ESPN)

July 17 — New York City FC

July 21 — Nashville SC

Aug. 4 — DC United

Aug. 7 — Atlanta United

Aug. 21 — Seattle Sounders (FOX)

Aug. 27 — FC Cincinnati (ESPN)

Sept. 14 — New York Red Bulls

Sept. 25 — CF Montreal

Oct. 16 — Inter Miami

Oct. 23 — New York Red Bulls

Oct. 27 — Orlando City SC

Nov. 7 — Chicago Fire

Read the full, Columbus Dispatch article HERE.

Up Front in Cbus | February 5-19

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:


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
    • Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day menu inspired by the flavors of Germany! Hofbrauhaus offers carryout, as well as growlers and crowlers to go. Reserve now.
    • Hofbrauhaus is on the Columbus Ale Trail! Pick up a map at any participating brewery and start your journey discovering the best brews in Cbus.


Columbus Living

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. 

Explore more benefits of luxury living and virtually tour a downtown Columbus apartment on the Apartments at the Yard and Arena District Living YouTube pages. 

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 for the latest stadium updates, renderings, Crew SC news, and a construction cam.

Cannon Blasts: A championship for Columbus

Article originally published on The Cannon by Pale Dragon

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.

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.

BurkusCircus52 wrote a fanpost with his alternate concepts for the Reverse Retro jersey.

Mark Scheig at The Hockey Writers spoke to Nick Foligno about his wife Janelle’s new children’s book.

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.

Up Front in Cbus | September 18-24

Food & Drink

614 Restaurant Week Ends Saturday

Have you had a chance to enjoy (614) Restaurant Week? If not, there’s still time! This mass celebration of Columbus restaurants ends Saturday, and there are countless options to choose from—including Arena District’s own Rodizio Grill. For $30, enjoy an exclusive, three-course Brazilian-style meal filled with pure deliciousness. Call some friends, reserve your table and come hungry!

Celebrate the Last Weekend of Oktoberfest at Hofbräuhaus Columbus

This Friday and Saturday marks the last weekend for Hofbräuhaus Columbus’ annual Oktoberfest celebration! Much like last weekend, the event will feature great bier, tasty dishes and live, German-inspired music—all executed in a safe setting. Get this event on your calendar and enjoy this longstanding tradition.

Boston’s Resident VIP Offer Updated

Wonderful news for members of the Columbus Downtown Apartment Resident VIP programBoston’s Arena District has updated their offer to include 25% off your entire bill Monday through Friday, extending the applicable hours to 4-10 PM! With football season in full swing, there’s no better time to take advantage of this exclusive dine-in deal.


Columbus Living

Up Front in Cbus | September 18-24

Pets Are A Part of the Family at Flats II

Looking for a new apartment for you and your furry friend? Flats II in the Arena District just re-leashed (see what we did there) an updated, more expansive pet policy! Not only will your companion enjoy great perks like nearby parks and green space, but you’ll have access to state-of-the-art amenities including Resident VIP perks, outdoor pool and spa, an athletic facility, valet dry cleaning and more. Click here to virtually explore the community.

Apartments at the Yard Offers A Little Something for Everyone

If you want to live in an apartment close to Columbus, without all the hustle and bustle, then Apartments at the Yard in Grandview Yard is your ideal option. The community’s Baldwin, Porter and Pullman buildings feature trendy interior design and are within walking distance of featured service and restaurant amenities. Check out this video for a glimpse into life at the Yard.

If you want to go a step further, the newly built, ultra-modern Kipton building is now accepting 2020 fall and winter applications for spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom flats—click here to take a virtual tour of the property.

Parks Edge North Accepting Contracts for Final Phase

Ready to buy brand-new condominium in Columbus? Primely located in the Arena District, close to the Scioto Mile and overlooking McFerson Commons Park, Parks Edge North is the third and final phase of Parks Edge condominiums—offering a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom condo units. In addition to featuring top-of-the-line amenities, Parks Edge North condominium owners are also eligible for a 15-year, 100% property tax abatement. Get a quick glance at construction progress on Facebook.


Mind & Body

Up Front in Cbus | September 18-24

Get Your Fall Makeover at MY SALON Suite in Grandview Yard

The start of a new season signals it’s time to treat yourself! MY SALON Suite in Grandview Yard is your one-stop-shop for beauty—with talented stylists available for haircare, skincare, nails, massage, spa and more. Find a local professional and get yourself looking fresh for fall. Once you make an appointment, stop inside a nearby restaurant before or after—brunch, coffee, and wine are just steps away!

Arena District Athletic Club Accepting New Members

Need a new gym? The recently reopened Arena District Athletic Club is now accepting members! There’s no better time to join—with special month-to-month membership options and a variety of amenities for members, there’s more reason than ever to enjoy ADAC’s quality equipment, luxury locker rooms, personal trainers, social distanced equipment and open spacing for safe workouts.



Go Behind the Scenes in Columbus with the Live Further Live Podcast

If you want a more behind-the-scenes look at things to do and see in Columbus, then you’ll get a kick listening to Experience Columbus’ new Live Forward Live podcast. Recent episodes include stories on the Columbus Zoo, ideas for keeping kids entertained and spotlights on diverse members of the business community. Listen to the latest episode now!