October 15th, 2020
Twenty years ago this month, the Columbus Blue Jackets played their first game in Nationwide Arena.
At the time, the arena was mostly surrounded by rusty industrial buildings and empty space. What was then Flytown was largely overlooked real estate. But what has risen since then – and what keeps rising – has changed the paradigm for the whole city.
Developer Nationwide Realty Investors Ltd. at first envisioned the Arena District as a limited development. But it’s since invested $1.2 billion across 100 acres, including 1.5 million square feet of commercial space. And it’s not done yet.