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NHL All-Star Game All-in-One

December 15, 2014

Perhaps you’ve heard, but The Arena District is kicking off their 15th Anniversary by hosting the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena! As it celebrates it’s 15th birthday the Arena District is going to look a little bit different as it gets decked out for this incredible sporting event! To help prepare you, we have compiled a list of Things to Do, Places to Stay and will even provide tips on parking for that weekend!
Things to Do
The Columbus Blue Jackets want everyone to know that the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend is more than just the game at Nationwide Arena on January 25. In fact, there will be plenty of events outside of Nationwide Arena in the surrounding areas of the Arena District. Everyone is encouraged to participate, even if you don’t have tickets for the Skills Competition or Game itself. You can find out more by clicking HERE. The following is a list of fun activities you can participate in for All-Star Weekend:

  • The Columbus Blue Jackets All-Star Winter Park across the street from Nationwide Arena will have an NHL-sized rink with 500 bleacher seats, skate rental and four heated locker rooms. The park will be open Jan. 16-25.
  • There will be more than 50 hours of public skating plus private events and youth hockey games, said Larry Hoepfner, Blue Jackets executive vice president of business operations. See the progress on the construction of the ice rink HERE.
  • A 34-foot high and 85-foot wide snow slide stretching 175 feet along Nationwide Boulevard next to the arena will be in use Jan. 22-25. The slide will have three lanes and starting points at various heights.
  • There will a “Hockey House” in the park in the days prior to the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game that will feature food, beverages and live music. Adjacent to that will be the “Kids Zone” with family-friendly activities including a replica of the Blue Jackets locker room. Both tents will be heated and there will be outdoor fire pits. See plans HERE.
  • A 5-kilomoter run/walk will be held Jan. 24 beginning at Nationwide Arena. There is a limit of 4,000 participants and Hoepfner said 1,300 have already registered. Click HERE to register now!
  • The Greater Columbus Convention Center will be site of the 2015 NHL Fan Fair from Jan. 22-25 with more than 200,000 square feet of displays and interactive activities. Buy advanced tickets for $12 and save $4. Click HERE to purchase.
  • Nationwide Boulevard in and around the arena will be illuminated by more than 350,000 LED lights on 176 trees from Jan. 15-25.
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation will host a party Jan. 22 to benefit the fight against pediatric cancer.

“We think we’re the first city to go the NHL with the idea of tying in such a grand civic plan that has to do with tying in their activities to ours,” said Linda Logan, executive director of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission.
“What I say to folks is if you come to Columbus you’ll have fun,” Mayor Michael B. Coleman said. “That’s what we’ll have all weekend. It will be fun not just for those (in Nationwide Arena), but for all of central Ohio to enjoy at the same time.”
The goal is to set the standard for future NHL All-Star Game Weekends. We have beautiful arena here with the proximity to hotels and a convention center, all right here in the Arena District which is very unique to Columbus. We want to take advantage of that and showcase Columbus to the entire world.”
Where to Stay
If you are planning on traveling to participate in the weekend’s festivities you can stay in any of the Arena District hotels and be within walking distance of the entire weekend’s events.
Check out these special offers:
Crowne Plaza – NHL Fan Fair Travel Package starting at $349 – Make plans now to be in Columbus January 22–25, 2015, when Nationwide Arena and the Columbus Blue Jackets host the NHL® All-Star Weekend. Festivities include NHL Fan Fair™, and many other exciting events and activities all throughout the Arena District in downtown Columbus all weekend long. Our NHL All-Star Package starts at $349 (single) and includes a 1-night stay at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Columbus, valet parking, breakfast at Max & Erma’s Restaurant, one VIP admission ticket to NHL Fan Fair™ and an NHL Welcome Souvenir. For best availability, book your travel package HERE. (Note: This package does not include a ticket to the Saturday night 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition or the Sunday 2015 Honda NHL® All-Star Game.)
The Lofts – Situated in the heart of downtown Columbus, The Lofts boutique hotel offers 44 oversized contemporary designed rooms with high ceilings, exposed brick, wood beams and floor to ceiling windows. Enjoy a night out on the town experiencing the Arena District and the Gateway Film Center. Included in your destination package are two movie tickets, a $25 Arena District Gift Card (good for dining in the Arena District restaurants), breakfast for two and valet parking. Click HERE to book this package now!
Hyatt Regency – Perfectly situated in the heart of downtown Columbus with a direct connection to the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the newly renovated Hyatt Regency Columbus offers 633 guest rooms. Click HERE to book now!
Where to Park
You’ll most likely need to find a place to park if you aren’t using Columbus public transportation.
Not only does the Arena District offer many different parking garages, all of them close to Nationwide Arena, NHL Fan Fair and All-Star Winter Park,we also offer pre-paid parking. Pick your spot and pre-pay for your Arena District parking to save time and guarantee your spot!