A guide to Opening Day in the Arena District
April 16, 2009 by Scott
Saturday is going to be a memorable day in Columbus' history with the opening of Huntington Park . When the Clippers take the field, they will be doing so under the affiliation of one of Ohio's most historic and beloved sports franchises, the Cleveland Indians.
Also on Saturday, the Blue Jackets take on the Red Wings in the second game of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs from Detroit (there's a viewing party at the Arena Grand ), and Fleetwood Mac will perform live at Nationwide Arena .
With so much happening in the Arena District on Saturday, it might be helpful to have a rundown of events and tips for getting around:
Noon Clippers standing room only seats go on sale at the Center Field entrance of Huntington Park, located at the corner of Nationwide Boulevard and Neil Avenue. There's a limit of 4 tickets per purchase.
1:15 p.m. Opening Day Parade begins at High Street and Nationwide Boulevard and will make its way west to Huntington Park. The parade will feature more than 50 participants, including former Cleveland Indians Bob Feller, Len Barker and Joe Charboneau and several ex-Clippers. Former Franklin County Commissioner and minor league baseball executive Harold Cooper will be grand marshal of the parade.
2:15 p.m. Ribbon cutting ceremony and unveiling of Harold Cooper statue at the Center Field entrance. After the ceremony, Franklin County Commissioners will officially open the ballpark to the public and Party-at-the-Park begins featuring the Danger Brothers .
4:05 p.m. First pitch at Huntington Park is thrown out and a new era in Clippers baseball begins.
6:00 p.m. Blue Jackets vs. Red Wings in Game 2 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Detroit. The Arena Grand Theatre is hosting the official viewing party and admission is free.
7:00 p.m. Doors open at Nationwide Arena for Fleetwood Mac in concert .
Parking in the Arena District is only $3 for Clippers Games; a parking map and directions are available here . If traveling from out of town, there are still hotel rooms available within walking distance of the Arena District; click here to book a room.