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Council to Hold Hearing for Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area in Arena District

DORA to run along Nationwide Blvd and include Nationwide Arena,
Huntington Park and Field


Councilmember Emmanuel V. Remy

Thursday, June 24, 2021

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Council has received an application from Mayor Andrew J. Ginther to create a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) in the Arena District. The DORA would encompass Nationwide Arena, Huntington Park and Field.

Council will receive comment during the virtual public hearing on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 5p via WebEx. It will include a presentation by the applicant and an opportunity for the public to offer feedback on the proposal.

"We're eager to gather public feedback on such an exciting proposal," said Councilmember Emmanuel V. Remy. "This designated area is primed to be a popular destination for residents to enjoy many memorable evenings while frequenting local businesses and taking in a game." 

The DORA would allow residents to purchase alcoholic beverages from participating bars and restaurants and then take those drinks with them outside and into other participating eateries and retail shops within the designated area.

Patrons will be able to enjoy an alcoholic beverage outdoors within the designated area during all home Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Clippers, and Columbus Crew game days, beginning three hours prior to the start of the game and continuing until 11:59p on that same day.

Residents are welcome to view the full application here. A copy of the application will also be available for the public to view in the Columbus City Clerk’s office.

Any resident seeking to submit written testimony should submit their testimony to the office of Councilmember Remy. Written testimony must be received by noon on the day of the hearing and should be emailed to Lucy Frank at [email protected].  

Any resident wishing to provide testimony during the virtual hearing should email Lucy Frank at [email protected] by noon on the day of the hearing to request a WebEx speaker link. Each speaker will be limited to remarks lasting no longer than three minutes.

This hearing will be live-streamed and posted on the City of Columbus YouTube channel following the event.