Council to Discuss Proposed Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area in Arena District

Columbus City Council will hold a virtual public hearing this month to discuss the creation of a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area in the Arena District, proposed by Mayor Andrew Ginther.

According to a press release, the DORA would run along Nationwide Blvd and include Nationwide Arena, Huntington Park and the new Crew Stadium, though exact boundaries could change.

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 businesses within the designated area during sporting events, beginning three hours before the start of a home game and continuing until 11:59 p.m. that same day.

Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area as proposed by Mayor Ginther. Image via the City of Columbus

At least 12 bars, restaurants and venues would encompass the DORA, including ExpressLive, R Bar, Whistle & Keg and the aforementioned sports stadiums.

The state allows cities of a certain size to create DORAs that exempt pedestrians from its open container laws. According to the application for the DORA, it is the first proposed by the mayor’s office and is one of four his office is allowed to create, per the Ohio Revised Code.

A hearing will be held on Thursday, June 24, where residents can provide feedback on the proposal. View more information at

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Taijuan Moorman

Taijuan Moorman is a reporter and social media specialist for Columbus Underground and The Metropreneur, covering civics, arts, entertainment, lifestyle, and business news and features. Born and raised in Columbus, she is a graduate of Ohio University’s renowned Scripps School of Journalism.

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