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Downtown Columbus Hurting

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

From this perch in Columbus, one can only applaud the dopes conspiring to extend the NHL lockout, now in its 70th day. Another chunk of the season, as well as the All-Star Game that was scheduled for Nationwide Arena, were officially wiped out yesterday. Burn, baby, burn. One can argue that the next best thing for Blue Jackets fans would be to kill the whole season.

There is just one caveat, and it is an important one:

The lockout has been an economic detriment to our area and it has hurt some people who can least afford it.

According to a 2008 study by the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State, the Blue Jackets and Nationwide Arena have generated in excess of $2 billion in economic activity since the arena doors opened. By this point, they are directly responsible for more than $1 billion in spending by out-of-town visitors — an important figure as it represents “new money” entering Downtown.


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SYF's avatar

I’m sure the ALMS visits into your downtown for the Mid-Ohio account for a substantial amount of those revenues, too, Michael.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 11/24/12 at 01:19 PM ET


Neither side cares about the “little people”  Professional sports are increasingly a pastime for the wealthy.  Luxury Boxes and 400 dollar seats behind home plate.  they have no interest in “little people”  They don’t spend enough to pay the salaries or build the new arenas.  Except with their tax dollars.

When is the public going to wake up and walk away from all pro sports madness.  It’s not a game anymore.  Hundred million dollar contracts.  PSL’s

Posted by 13 user names on 11/25/12 at 05:04 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

The arena is in an entertainment district where little to nothing goes on during non-game times. Columbus loses money and draws AHL numbers. They needed this shot in the arm.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 11/26/12 at 01:00 AM ET

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