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Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of February 25, 2019

February 26, 2019

From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, there are a ton of events, activities and things to do with your loved ones.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of February 25, 2019:



Arnold Sports Festival

Thursday, February 28 – Sunday, March 3| Greater Columbus Convention Center | Schedule

Get Pumped, The Arnold is back! From body builders to weightlifting, meet and greets, fitness expo and more. The 2019 Arnold Sports Festival and the world-renowned Arnold Classic bodybuilding championships, a four-day health and fitness celebration include a record 80 sports and events February 28-March 3, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio.

Arnold Fitness EXPO is March 1 – 3, daily tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door:

Look for the Arena District photo opportunity and snap a photo to share #ArenaDistrict!












Arnold Sports Festival MMA

Friday, March 1 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6:30 PM

The Arnold Sports Festival returns to Columbus next week, and EXPRESS LIVE! is hosting some of the biggest events of the week–including the 8th annual Pro / Am MMA Festival, featuring the Iron Tiger Fight Series, on Friday, March 1. This epic night will be stacked with some of the region’s best professional and amateur MMA fighters, all competing for two championship titles.


Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Tuesday, February 26 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Hoping to catch a Columbus Blue Jackets game at Nationwide Arena this week? You’re in luck—there’s not one, not two, not three but four chances to see them! The action starts Tuesday with a home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

If you’re planning on bringing the family out, take advantage of the Columbus Blue Jackets Dispatch Family Value Pack, which includes a game ticket, hot dog, soft drink, popcorn and OhioHealth Ice Haus Skate Pass—just enter the access code FAMILY** when purchasing tickets.

Additional game dates at Nationwide Arena this week include:

  • Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Philadelphia Flyers Thursday, February 28 | 7 PM
  • Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Edmonton Oilers Saturday, March 2 | 1 PM
  • Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Winnipeg Jets Sunday, March 3 | 7 PM


2019 Party with the Pros: Arnold Classic After-Party

Saturday, March 2 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 9 PM

To round out the Arnold Sports Festival, fans and athletes alike will be partying the night away at EXPRESS LIVE! on Saturday, March 2, during the 2019 Party with the Pros: Official After-Party for the Arnold Classic. This star-studded celebration will feature drinks, music, dancing, star-gazing and world-class entertainment. You may even get a chance to rub elbows with Arnold Schwarzenegger himself!



The Half Pint

Open up and say Ahhhhnold! The Half Pint in the Arena District will be serving up a protein-packed Shrimpy Burger this week: signature burger, with grilled shrimp, sundried tomato mayo, Monterey Jack cheese, bacon crumbles, on a lettuce bun (or Brioche by request). $15

The Half Pint is also hosting a blind beer tasting event on Thursday and the beer of the month is Platform LED for $5.

For a full list of Arena District restaurant options walkable from the Arnold Expo:



You Me at Six w/ DREAMERS and machineheart

Thursday, February 28 | A&R Music Bar | 7 PM

Coming all the way from across the pond on their VI tour, English rock band You Me at Six will be jamming the night away at A&R Music Bar this Thursday. They will be joined by New York pop rock trio, DREAMERS, and Los Angeles synth pop band, machineheart.



Arena District Apartment of the Week

Arena Crossing Apartments | Bay B Floor Plan

Need a great studio apartment in downtown Columbus? The Bay B floor plan at Arena Crossing Apartments is exactly what you’re looking for! This 559 sq. ft. unit features a large living room with multiple windows and space to decorate, as well as a beautiful view of Front St. in the Arena District.

Schedule a tour of Flats on Vine’s Mendocino floor plan today–only one unit remains!


Resident VIP Spotlight of the Week

Arena District Athletic Club

Residents of Downtown Columbus Apartments and Grandview Yard receive access to exclusive deals, discounts and promotions throughout the year as part of the Resident VIP program!

Arena District Athletic Club, located in the Arena District, invites downtown Columbus apartment residents to receive 1 free month of fitness with membership. Sign up for a year and they will waive the $79.00 initiation fee + receive one month FREE and a reduced rate of $55/month rate plus tax. Non-members only.