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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
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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.

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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.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets open their 2015-2016 season Friday night when they take on the Rangers in Nationwide Arena. It’s another season of high expectations for the Blue Jackets, who missed the playoffs last season.

Convention Facilities Authority Wants Arena Tax Exempt

Sep 29, 2015
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As property tax abatements near expiration, the publicly-owned Nationwide Arena faces a big bill.  The arena’s owner, the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority, worries the tax bill will have a huge affect on its operation. The arena wants a permanent property tax exemption.  

The complex deal to use casino-tax money to buy Nationwide Arena has hit a snag: there’s not enough money to make loan payments. 

Franklin County election officials need to review petitions submitted last week to force the city to stop making payments on Nationwide Arena. A local group wants voters to decide future funding of the arena now owned by the city and Franklin County. The question is whether the move is lawful. WOSU talked to some legal experts who say, while it’s unusual, it is a legal move. “Citizens can do this," Ohio State Moritz College of Law Professor Dale Oesterle said. Oesterle said Columbus City Charter allows voters to put an initiative on the ballot to create a new ordinance.

Blue Jackets Deal Sweet But Can't Compare To Bengals' Lease

Dec 5, 2011

The proposed public purchase of Nationwide Arena remains in the hands of Franklin County Commissioners. County officials are still hashing out the details of the agreement which would give free rent to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Nationwide Arena would not be the only publicly owned arena in Ohio, and WOSU takes a look at how the proposed Blue Jackets deal compares to other Ohio pro-sports team leases. The lease and use agreements are still being drafted. Although the fine print has not been revealed, we do know the basics. The Blue Jackets will not pay rent.

Nationwide Arena Deal

Oct 3, 2011

11:00 Monday night, October 3, 2011, the Columbus City Council will vote on a deal that could allow Nationwide Arena to be owned by the taxpayers of Franklin County and the City of Columbus. In this hour of All Sides, we'll take a look at the complicated deal and simplify its pieces. Guests: