Nation’s premier motorcycle expo is in Columbus this weekend – 20,000 expected

It’s motorcycle weekend in downtown Columbus.

September 23-24 2017

Laura Newpoff

Columbus Business First, Laura Newpoff

The entire powersports industry is in town for nation’s premier trade show that opens to the public at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Honda, Harley-Davidson, Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki – all the big boys are there with all their new toys. So, too, are helmet and wheel makers, water sports companies like Sea-Doo, clothing retailers and all kinds of makers of accessories. Really, if it has anything to do with power sports and motorcycles, you’ll find it at this show.

You can find AIMExpo’s website here. The show is presented by Nationwide. Here’s the floorplan of the more than 500 exhibitors.

Check out the slideshow to see photos of the show ahead of its opening to the public.

Experience Columbus tells me 20,000 dealers, consumers and media will fill the convention center this weekend. They’ll also fill 8,500 hotel rooms and generate $3.3 million in direct visitor spending.

AIMExpo is in its fifth year. This is its first trip to Columbus after hosting the event in Orlando. Part of Columbus’ draw is that 41 percent of franchised and independent dealerships in the U.S. are located within a 500-mile radius of the city.

An AIMExpo spokesman told me beyond the proximity to all those dealers, a big draw was that the expo was able to take over the entire Convention Center and be the only show in town. The group also likes being able to walk straight from the show floor to the Arena District and the Short North. So far, they’re impressed with the city and feel a sense of community here.

AIMExpo heads to Las Vegas next year but will be back in Columbus in 2019.

Brian Ross, president and CEO of Experience Columbus, said in an email that getting AIMExpo is a huge win for the city.

“It not only has an immense impact on our local economy, but also shines the spotlight on our city as thousands of industry dealers, media and consumers from around the country visit throughout the four-day event,” he said. “I’m confident they’ll have a tremendous time in our city and hope that we can welcome the trade show back in 2019 and beyond.”


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Countdown to Columbus

Nationwide Arena, the site of the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four, will be tipping off the  2017-2018 season on November 12 with the Countdown to Columbus!

Arena District and Grandview Yard residents love sports!

In the Arena District, residents of Arena CrossingFlats on Vine and Flats II can look forward to walking over to catch a Columbus Clippers baseball game in the summer time and skating over to Nationwide Arena to catch a Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey game (which started its pre-season just yesterday) in the fall.

In Grandview Yard, residents from Apartments at the Yard can be found shouting an O-H at popular neighborhood restaurants Hofbrauhaus Columbus, which also offers a free game day shuttle and Eddie George’s Grille 27, which offers a plethora of large flat screen TV’s for perfect viewing.

Our residents are always on the sideline. Now the excitement continues to build as The Ohio State University and the city of Columbus will host the Countdown to Columbus. The event will feature four top 15-ranked programs.

UConn will take on Stanford at 1:30 pm and Ohio State will play Louisville at 4 p.m. at Nationwide Arena. Both games will be televised on the ESPN family of networks.

Tickets to the Countdown to Columbus are on-sale NOW online at ticketmaster.com, and at both the Nationwide Arena and Schottenstein Center box offices. Click HERE for more info.

Construction Continues at Grandview Yard Development
Construction Continues at Grandview Yard Development
New Nationwide Insurance offices under construction at Grandview Yard

The 125-acre Grandview Yard site has been a construction zone since work first began eight years ago, and the ongoing work continues to fill in the massive redevelopment projects in the suburb of Grandview Heights.

A quick drive through the site reveals progress on all types of new development, ranging from office space for Nationwide Insurance to for-sale homes at Pullman Way to a mid-rise condo building at 828 at the Yard. Other projects currently under construction include the five-story mixed-use Manchester Building and a new Chick Fil-A location facing Third Avenue.

Check out more projects, information and construction photos below.

CLICK HERE for more Columbus development news and updates.

All photos by Walker Evans

Work is wrapping up at The Manchester building on Yard Street.
More new offices for Nationwide Insurance are under construction.
New for-sale homes and townhomes are being built on Pullman Way.
Framing is under way at the new Grandview Yard ChicK-Fil-A location.


Welcoming HALF PINT to the Arena District.

Another great restaurant/bar residents can walk to….

Residents of Arena Crossing are welcoming their new next door neighbor Half Pint to the downtown Columbus location Arena District. The bar/gourmet burger restaurant is beautifully decorated with light wood features, brick and an open view kitchen. Patrons will be overwhelmed – in a good way – by the 60 taps to choose from, the aroma of delicious burgers stacked high, fun decor and flat screen TV’s to watch. If you don’t want to stay for dinner, or sit at the bar –  you can opt to take home your favorite brew in one of their growlers.

Half Pint opened to the general public today at 3 pm. Take a look inside…

In addition to the 60+ beers to choose from, Half Pint serves up wine and cocktails too. Dine in for lunch or dinner, or check out their amazing brunch menu on Sundays too.

Brunch starts this Sunday 9.10. Check out the full menu here. 

Click here  to view all Arena District restaurants.

Fight or Beer Flight? How bout both!

Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor

Don’t Fight for a Table-Reserve One with Boston’s.

That money belt tho. Check it out HERE.

Join Boston’s Arena District on Saturday, August 26 for the event everyone will be talking about, the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight! Boston’s is pre-selling bar tables for $100 and bar seats for $25. They are only selling tickets in the bar for the number of seats that they have, so space is limited. By reserving now, you can avoid fighting for a table or fighting the crowds as Boston’s will be closed to the general public at 8pm and reopening at 8:30 for only those who have reserved their table/bar stools.

Beer Flight Me!

Columbus Summer Beerfest at Express Live!

What an exciting weekend of fight and flights! Kick off the weekend with Express Live for COLUMBUS SUMMER BEERFEST! Like last year, the event is held both inside and outside of the venue!! This year’s selection includes hundreds of Craft Beers that represent our local beer as well as brews from all over the country.  Plenty of great local food trucks onsite, live music & more! This is the BIGGEST craft beer party of Summer, don’t miss out. Must be 21 or older for entry. Click HERE to buy tickets.

We (Heart) Nada

These Tacos…..Drool!

Nada is featuring pork belly tacos (with an egg) this week and they look delicious! Stop into Nada for Taco’s and present your resident VIP card for a side of FREE original queso!

Not Living in the Action Yet?

Arena District Living offers modern apartments for a modern lifestyle.

Looking for a new place to live? Want to avoid the suburbs, a mass amount of chain restaurants and cookie cutter living? Arena Crossing, Flats on Vine and Flats II offer modern apartments in the heart of the Arena District. The Arena District is a short commute away from the Short North and Victorian Village and just a quick walk from CBJ games Columbus Clippers games, Concerts at Express Live and a number of restaurants. The communities also stand out from the rest with their resident FREE resident VIP membership that unlocks special neighborhood discounts to both the Arena District and Grandview Yard and their constant effort towards unmatched customer service.

Click Here to learn more about Columbus Downtown Apartments.

Home is where the ACTION is!

Check out Arena District news and things to do downtown this month.

Introducing Half Pint!

Coming to the District- a chef driven menu of gourmet burgers, and 60 taps for craft beer!

Sign up for CBJ Flag Bearer Access!

Flag Bearer Access includes CBJ regular ticket presale, news and videos, prized & more!



What’s Happening this Month in the Arena District? 

Columbus Clippers

Columbus Food Truck Festival 

Dinner on the Diamond

Cars and Coffee 

Farmers Market on the Plaza

WNCI Summer in the City

Latino Festival

Columbus Summer Beerfest


Weekend Warriors- What to do in the District.


1.  Rider Check-In and Opening Ceremony in the Arena District 

An Opening Ceremony will be held on Today, August 4 at McFerson Commons and North Bank Park from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This is also when most of the riders will be checking in their gear, browsing vendor booths, and enjoying a dinner buffet. The Opening Ceremony program begins at 7:00 p.m.

The area surrounding McFerson Commons and North Bank Park will have temporary expo tents, seating, vendors, and a corral for riders’ bikes. This was previously held at the Columbus Commons and moved to the Arena District this year.

2. Race Day

Saturday, August 5: Ride Start
McFerson Commons and North Bank Park
5:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Columbus Clippers- Lego Play Ball Tour Weekend

Click here for details 

Huntington Park game times:  Friday 8.4 at 7:15pm, Saturday 8.5 at 1:05pm and, Saturday 8.5 at 7:15pm and Sunday 8.6 at 4:05pm

Summer Cookout Concert 

Click HERE to get tickets at Express Live.

VIP Members

Don’t forget to take your cards out this weekend and save $$$!

Learn more about Arena District neighborhood membership HERE.


New eatery in the Arena District will feature burgers and brews

Half Pint Columbus is coming to 415 Front St. on the ground floor of one of the Arena Crossing apartment buildings next to R Bar.

I haven’t yet been able to talk to its owner/operators, but hiring has begun and work is underway on the space.

A Craigslist advertisement links it to the Pint Room, which opened in the Shoppes at River Ridge in Dublin five years ago.

The company since has expanded to Littleton, Colorado, as the Pint Room and added a restaurant in Marysville under the Half Pint name.

The Arena District spot will have a chef-driven menu of gourmet burgers and 60 taps for craft beer, according to the posting. While that’s a lot of beer, it’s still well short of the 101 on tap at the original Pint Room.

Maybe that’s why it’s called the Half Pint?

Dan Eaton covers restaurants, retail and the business of beer for Columbus Business First.

Visit the article site HERE 

Experience Columbus Tours, To Do’s and VIP Perks

There’s a lot of ways to Experience Columbus, check out this list of Tours!



In downtown Columbus, Ohio there is so much to explore! Residents of the Arena District not only have many walk-able amenities including walk-able restaurants, bars and entertainment options- they are just minutes away from the Short North and Victorian Village.

What sets the Arena District apart? When you live at Arena Crossing, Flats on Vine or Flats II you also get a special VIP membership upon move in. In addition to 19 other local businesses between Arena District and Grandview Yard the residents also get a special discount at Experience Columbus which includes 20% off your purchase at the visitors center.

For more information on Arena District Living Resident VIP Click HERE.

Sunny Street Celebrating Ten Years
Sunny Street Celebrating Ten Years

Sunny Street Cafe is celebrating TEN years of operation! The popular breakfast and lunch spot is loving all things “TEN” from July 22 – 31. Be sure to stop in and see what’s on the table!

From July 22-31, spin the prize wheel in store for a chance to win a $10 gift card or other great prizes.

They’ll also be throwing it back to the old school menu and feature the Black and Bleu Wrap, a classic original menu item. The wrap is a Black Angus Burger, blackened and sliced, then wrapped up with bleu cheese crumbles, sauteed red onions, tomatoes, and lettuce. We’ll also be donating 10% of all proceeds from the Black and Bleu Wrap go to the Kids In Need Foundation to continue our ongoing commitment to giving back to our wonderful communities. To learn more about Kids In Need, follow this link.

Sunny Street Cafe – Arena District

277 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215