The Arena District is a 75-acre (300,000 m2), mixed-use urban infill, master planned development located in downtown Columbus, Ohio. It is characterized by its New Urbanism layout, mixed-use, and neo-classical American design. The architecture is of the Chicago School style, being influenced by Daniel Burnham in particular. It features a variety of restaurants, office space, entertainment venues and residencies. The neighborhood centers on Nationwide Arena, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL and the former home of the Columbus Destroyers of the AFL. The district is also the site of Huntington Park, the new home for the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. Additionally, the outdoor music venue Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, as well as the Arena Grand Theatre are both located in the Arena District. It is developed, managed and marketed by Nationwide Realty Investors, the real estate development affiliate of Nationwide, which has its world headquarters in Columbus.
Before its creation in the late 1990s, the area was home to the Ohio Penitentiary, closed since 1983. The Penitentiary was demolished in 1998.
- Nationwide Arena - 685,000 square feet (63,600 m2), 20,000-seat arena
- Huntington Park - 10,000-seat stadium for the Columbus Clippers
- Lifestyle Communities Pavilion - indoor/outdoor concert venue