It is an unusual combination for an arena to be known for both Ice Hockey and bodybuilding competitions, but Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio is famous for both. Nationwide Arena hosts the Columbus Blue Jackets NHL team, the Arnold Classic bodybuilding competition in addition to several concerts. As the Blue Jackets have become more competitive than they were previously, hockey fans and concert-goers will have to share the same parking facilities, which can make the task of finding Blue Jackets parking more onerous than it would be otherwise. You can eliminate this problem by booking with ParkWhiz ahead of time!
Nationwide Arena opened to the public in September 2000, as a proper venue was a precondition of the NHL expansion into Columbus. The arena is situated in the Arena District, a mixed-use entertainment district in Columbus. In addition to the primary ice rink, Nationwide also has a smaller rink for training purposes, named the OhioHealth IceHaus. In 1978, the Cleveland Barons merged with the Minnesota North Stars, leaving the State of Ohio without an NHL team. This lack of Columbus Hockey lasted until 2000, when the city of Columbus was granted an expansion team, along with the Minnesota Wild. Due to Ohio’s history, the team became known as the Blue Jackets, a reference to the uniforms of the Union Army from the Civil War. The Blue Jackets are a rather young team, and as of yet have not won the Stanley Cup. However, they have gotten better over time, getting to the playoffs for the first time during the ‘09 season. For the ‘14 season, the Blue Jackets will be playing in the Eastern Conference’s Metropolitan Division for the first time, previously spending the entirety of their existence in the Central Division of the Western Conference.
While the arena was created primarily for the Blue Jackets, it also functions as the annual home for the Arnold Classic, a sports festival run by Arnold Schwarzenegger that features bodybuilding, skateboarding, strongman competitions, martial arts and more. Past musical events at the arena include the Rolling Stones, Incubus, Rush, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the Foo Fighters, Keith Urban, Andrea Bocelli, Pearl Jam, Justin Beiber, Lil Wayne, Fleetwood Mac, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift. Finding Nationwide Arena parking can be difficult, so it is best to book Columbus hockey parking spots in advance with ParkWhiz.
ParkWhiz makes it easy to find Blue Jackets parking; select the game or concert that you need Nationwide Arena parking for, print out your Nationwide Arena parking pass (or use your mobile pass) and enjoy Columbus, Ohio!
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What's the refund policy?
All parking passes are eligible for a no-questions-asked full refund prior to the start time on the pass.
To cancel, simply log in to your account on web or in the app, view your passes, and click "cancel".
You can also do this using the "cancel " link at the bottom of the pass itself.
Alternatively, just click the "cancel" link from your confirmation email.
Please keep in mind, once the arrival time has passed, all bookings are non-refundable.
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How do I present my my pass on-site?
Easy peasy! As the vast majority of locations in our network accept a mobile pass, this means you can use your phone or other smart device to show proof of your prepaid purchase once you arrive at the parking facility. To be sure, verify the instructions on your pass to confirm the validation method. That section is titled "When You Arrive" in-app or "How To Park" if viewing on a desktop or mobile web.
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If your location does not accept mobile passes, you'll need to print the pass before leaving the house.
Do I have in-and-out privileges?
In most instances, no. The majority of locations on ParkWhiz, including all those in New York City, do not allow re-entry.
If any specific parking facility does allow for you to come & go during the reserved timeframe, you'll see a "Reentry Allowed" amenity icon listed; this is shown in the details section both pre-purchase and post-purchase.
If you don't see anything on the listing page pertaining to specifically to reentry privileges, it's best to assume that you will not be allowed to come and go throughout the duration of your parking pass.
Are there any additional fees on site?
Generally, no. What you see online is what you pay as long as you park within the timeframe on your parking pass. Any time parked outside the arrival or departure listed on your pass will likely incur an additional onsite fee, as determined by the parking provider. ParkWhiz purchases include tax.
The only exception to the above pertains to oversize vehicle fees, which may apply to any vehicle larger than a sedan. Fee amounts vary between individual Parking Operators, and will be assessed on-site if you do not prepay for an oversize vehicle through our platform.
Although pricing structures are determined individually by the facility owner/operator, ParkWhiz prices tend to be cheaper than drive-up in most cases! If you ever feel the rate on ParkWhiz was more expensive than drive-up, take a photo of the price on-site and send us an email! We love deals as much as you do and are eager to ensure you're getting a fair rate.