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Columbus aims for September opening of Arena District outdoor beverage area after council gives OK

July 27, 2021

Article originally published in The Columbus Dispatch by Joe Dandron

The Arena District will be home to Columbus’ first Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) after the City Council on Monday unanimously approved legislation setting boundaries and times for open consumption of adult beverages there.

Patrons 21 and older who purchase an alcoholic beverage from a DORA-designated liquor permit holder can leave the permit premises with that beverage in a designated DORA cup and continue consuming it within that area during designated times.

The DORA largely runs along West Nationwide Boulevard from North Front Street west past Nationwide Arena and Huntington Park to Field, the new home of the Columbus Crew.

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