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Fans wait to enter Nationwide Arena for a Blue Jackets scrimmage.
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Fans crowded into Nationwide Arena on Monday to watch a Blue Jackets scrimmage. The rare free event was meant to keep fans and players engaged as they wait to learn the team's next playoff opponent.

Nationwide Plaza ahead of game four of the NHL playoffs, when the Blue Jackets have the possibility of a sweep.
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The plaza is mostly empty in front of Nationwide Arena early Tuesday afternoon, but arrangements are well under way for the fans that gathering to watch this evening's game from outside.

Columbus Destroyers player Damien Groce catches the ball as he is defended by San Jose SaberCats Clevan Thomas in the second half of ArenaBowl XXI in New Orleans, July 29, 2007. The Sabercats won 55-33.
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Indoor football is returning to Columbus.

A press release from the Arena Football League says a Columbus franchise will start play this spring with home games inside Nationwide Arena.

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, right, of Russia, works against Columbus Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois during Game 3 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Nationwide Arena.
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Opponents of a recently approved Columbus ticket tax ordinance missed the deadline to challenge the measure through a referendum.

Columbus Blue Jackets John Tortorella head coach John Tortorella.
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Facing stiff opposition, Columbus leaders have downsized a proposed ticket tax. The new plan lowers the tax from 7 percent to 5 percent, and it also better defines where the money will go. But some opponents still threaten to take the issue to the ballot.

Columbus Blue Jackets John Tortorella head coach John Tortorella.
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A ticket tax proposed by Columbus City Council would mean more money for maintenance at Nationwide Arena. But Nationwide's highest-profile tenant is pushing back.

Columbus Southern Theatre looking out at the seating area from the stage
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Columbus artists, entrepreneurs and residents gathered in a meeting room at Ohio Dominican University on Tuesday to hear from the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Some clutched paper cups filled with hot coffee, while others pulled out notebooks and pens.

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Columbus Arena Management predicts it will close its fiscal year at the end of June with a profit of $108,897. But that money will quickly disappear. 

Overtime Finally Bites Columbus Blue Jackets In Game Three

Apr 18, 2018
Columbus Blue Jackets

For the first time in this season’s playoffs, overtime was unkind to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Washington Capitals’ Lars Eller tapped a rebound shot past goalie Sergei Bobrovsky in the second overtime period to give them a 3-2 win in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.


Columbus hosts its largest collegiate championship ever this weekend, as the NCAA Women’s Final Four brings thousands of visitors and a likely $20 million economic boost to the city.

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For the third year, Nationwide Arena will not be able to pay back any of its loans from a complex deal to use casino-tax money to finance the arena.  

The Financial Future of Nationwide Arena

Jun 30, 2016
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Though Nationwide Arena will finish the year with a surplus, some worry about the debts and a looming tax bill. This hour, we'll discuss the future of Nationwide Arena and what impact sports teams like the Blue Jackets have on the area. 

Nationwide Arena Ends Fiscal Year With Surplus

Jun 20, 2016
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Nationwide Arena will end its fiscal year in the black. 

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The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority is one step closer to submitting a request to make Nationwide Arena exempt from property taxes. The facilities authority has offered a revenue sharing deal with Columbus City Schools.

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets were expected to be serious Stanley Cup playoff contenders following an injury-plagued season. However, they are still seeking their first victory of the current season following a 7-3 loss to Ottawa.