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Nationwide Arena

Nationwide Arena is the home of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, and Fanatics Sportsbook now has a home in the Arena District across the street from the venue. This page details the relationship between both operations.

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Nationwide Arena is the centerpiece of the Arena District in Columbus, OH. As home to the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, Nationwide sees hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

In August 2023, sports merchandise and memorabilia giant Fanatics opened a retail sportsbook across the street from Nationwide Arena. The move came after Fanatics purchased all of PointsBet’s North American betting licenses and helped further the reach of the online bookie.

Here, we’ve laid out the relationship between Nationwide Arena and Fanatics Sportsbook, as well as provided a history of the venue. You’ll also find contact information you may need ahead of game day.

About Nationwide Arena in OH

Nationwide Arena opened in 2000 ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ inaugural season. The arena was built near the grounds of the former Ohio Penitentiary, with the parking lot and an Arena District apartment complex located where the prison used to be.

Since opening, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company has held the naming rights to the venue. It has also since become a majority owner of the facility. Nationwide’s world headquarters are also located adjacent to the arena.

Fans going to Blue Jackets games will want to be aware of the cannon the team fires inside the arena after Columbus goals and during the pregame festivities. Speaking from personal experience, you won’t just hear the shot, you’ll feel it in your chest, too.

Aside from NHL games, Nationwide Arena has hosted Men’s and Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament games, WWE and MMA events, bull riding competitions, gymnastics meets, esports competitions, concerts, and more.

The arena is a cashless facility, so any concessions or team store purchases must be made with a debit or credit card. Some stands may also accept Google Pay or Apple Pay. Tickets are also 100% digital.

Is sports betting available at Nationwide Arena in Ohio?

Yes, OH sports betting is available at Nationwide Arena. Visitors are able to make their bets with Fanatics’ retail sportsbook that is located across the street from the arena.

Additionally, if your cell signal is strong enough, you’ll be able to make wagers with a mobile sports betting app from inside the Arena.

The Nationwide Arena partnership with Fanatics Sportsbook

In August 2023, Fanatics Sportsbook OH opened a retail location across the street from Nationwide Arena. The retail sportsbook was actually available to the public before Fanatics’ online platform was available in the state.

Fanatics’ brick-and-mortar gambling site is one of 14 in-person sports betting facilities in the state.

Through the partnership with Nationwide Arena, Fanatics is hoping to drive Blue Jackets fans and other arena guests so wager with its online platform. As of December 2023, Fanatics ranks seventh among Ohio’s 19 sportsbooks in online betting handle.

Does Nationwide Arena have other types of gambling for patrons?

No, Nationwide Arena does not have other types of gambling for patrons. Nationwide Arena does not hold a gambling license, so the only way to gamble at the venue is to place a sports wager or bet on horse racing through a mobile app. Otherwise, head across the street to Fanatics Sportsbook to place a bet.

Online casino gambling is illegal in Ohio.

The history of Nationwide Arena

Here is a timeline covering a few of the important events in the history of Nationwide Arena.

  • 1998: Construction workers break ground on the arena site
  • 2000: Nationwide Arena opens for the Columbus Blue Jackets’ inaugural season. The first game saw Columbus fall 5-3 to the Chicago Blackhawks
  • 2003: Tragedy occurs at Nationwide as 13-year-old Brittanie Cecil is struck in the head by a hockey puck that had deflected into the stands. She died as a result of her injuries two days after the incident. This led the NHL to mandate safety netting in all arenas.
  • 2007: Nationwide Arena hosts the NHL Entry Draft.
  • 2009: Nationwide Arena hosts the first playoff game in Blue Jackets history.
  • 2015: The NHL All-Star Game is played at Nationwide Arena.
  • 2018: The semifinals and championship of the 2018 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament are played at Nationwide Arena.
  • March 2023: As one of the host sites for the 2023 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, fans at Nationwide Arena witnessed the #16 seed Fairleigh Dickinson University upset the #1 seed Purdue University, marking only the second time a #16 seed had advanced out of the Round of 64 in the tournament’s history.
  • August 2023: Fanatics opens a retail sportsbook across the street from Nationwide Arena.

Contact & opening hours

Address: 200 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215
Opening hours: For hockey games, the venue opens
Website: https://www.nationwidearena.com/
E-mail address: Email is available through a form on the website
Phone number: (614) 246-2000