The Arena District
is a 75-acre, mixed-use urban infill, master planned development located in downtown Columbus
. 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 around Nationwide Arena
, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets
and the Columbus Destroyers
. The district is also the planned site of Huntington Park
, which will be the new home for the Columbus Clippers
. It is developed, managed and marketed by Nationwide Realty Investors, the real estate development affiliate of Nationwide
, which is headquartered in Columbus.
Before its creation, in the late 1990s, the area was home to the closed-down Ohio Penitentiary.