Pre-game attractions for Huntington Park

The Pre-game attractions for Huntington Park
by Malcolm MacMillan
  • Watch BP from the sidewalk before the gates open
  • Nearby NHL arena a must-see sight for hockey fans
Long before the gates open, you can peek through to the field from the sidewalk outside the park.

Arriving in time to take a lap around any ballpark can boost the enjoyment of your visit, and a pre-game walk around Huntington Park is no different. Professional baseball in Columbus has a long history, dating back to 1902. The Clippers embrace the city’s baseball history and honor it with a statue and series of plaques beyond the center field fence, at the corner of Neil Avenue and West Nationwide Boulevard. If you’d rather concentrate on the present-day club, take a walk down West Nationwide Boulevard and look through any of the caged windows toward the field. If batting practice is on, you’ll have a clear view long before the gates open. Regardless, a full circuit around the ballpark, taking in the historic-looking brick and ivy, gets you ready for the gates to open.

Beyond walking around the ballpark, you’re just a short jaunt to Nationwide Arena, which is worth checking out if you’re a hockey fan. Although the arena itself isn’t exactly hopping during baseball season, it’s possible to get the chance to see the Blue Jackets if you’re in town in early April. At this time of the year, the International League is just starting up while the NHL’s regular season draws to a close.