Columbus Blue Jackets arena to go public

So it looks like the Columbus Blue Jackets have secured a deal with the city to go public, securing their future here in the state capitol. Good to know. 

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The agreement with the city of Columbus and the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority, would use future casino revenues to purchase the arena. The proposal also seeks to lift a financial burden off its tenants, the Columbus Blue Jackets, which officials fear would leave town if they are unable to stabilize their finances.

"That money is important to keep providing quality services and at the end of the day, I think it's very important that the arena not go dark and that we keep the Arena District going with thousands of jobs in the building and construction in the area moving forward."

Brooks said even with a $7.9 billion tourism industry in Central Ohio, studies have shown the area has been losing out on visitors to other similar-size cities, especially Indianapolis. That's another reason she cited for doing whatever it takes to help the Blue Jackets.