Blue Jackets Locker Room Renovation
Columbus Blue Jackets/Nationwide Arena | Columbus , Ohio
Nationwide Arena and the Columbus Blue Jackets engaged OSPORTS to provide concept design for an off-season renovation of the team locker room and support spaces. The team locker room, hydrotherapy area, and toilets/showers were prioritized to be renovated prior to the 2021-2022 season.
Initially envisioned as a smaller scale “refresh”, it was determined the locker room needed a full scale renovation to provide the look and feel the Blue Jackets were looking to achieve. New lockers, flooring, raised ceiling, and LED lighting transform the space from the outdated space it previously was. The centerpiece of this space is a new ceiling hung mini-scoreboard with Blue Jackets branding and convex LED monitors. The scoreboard will display game highlights and can be programed to welcome potential players and corporate sponsors.
The existing hot tub with glass block surround, showers, and toilet area was fully gutted to make way for a new hydrotherapy area. Two new 6’x10’ hydrotherapy tubs, one hot, one cold, were installed adjacent to the existing sauna to allow multiple players the ability to receive treatment at one time.
The space received new TV’s, sound system, and branding upgrades throughout. The number of showers has been reduced to add a player grooming area. Lavatories and toilets, as well as brighter and more modern finish materials will be added throughout the space.
Additionally, larger scale renovations for the remainder of the team spaces will be designed to take place over the summer of 2022. Renovations will included updated coaches offices and meeting rooms, an expanded weight room that will include a new cardio mezzanine and nutrition area, and an expanded team dining facility. The player lounge and player changing area will also receive new lockers and finishes throughout.