Mitch Barnhart, Mayor Jim Gray, and a group of their closest friends are taking a field trip to Columbus, Ohio at the end of the week. The group is going 192 miles north on Friday to check out Nationwide Arena in Columbus, a multi-purpose arena that opened in 2000. Nationwide is home to the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey team, but Mitch and Mayor Gray will be scouting out the premises for ideas for a new basketball arena in Lexington. Nationwide seats 19,500 for basketball and includes 36 executive suites,16 Founders suites, 26 loge boxes, six party suites and 39 Club Terrace tables. [via Herald-Leader]
The group will also be visiting Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis later this month.
The Columbus trip will not include any trips to tattoo parlors or car dealerships.