By Bert Leeson
WHAT: The Columbus Blue Jackets and Nationwide Arena will host a ribbon cutting and formal opening of the new sensory room – Safelite Safe Spot – for individuals who experience difficulties processing sensory information. The sensory room is a designated quiet space that offers a calming atmosphere for families and individuals with autism, dementia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other similar conditions. The space was announced on January 31 ahead of Disney on Ice and will be open for all events held in Nationwide Arena with the next Blue Jackets home game taking place on Friday, Feb. 23.
WHO: Safelite President and CEO Renee Cacchillo
Columbus Blue Jackets Chief Operating Officer Cameron Scholvin
Nationwide Arena Guest Services Manager Mackenzie Williams
WHEN: Tuesday, February 13 | 1 p.m.
WHERE: Nationwide Arena |200 West Nationwide Blvd.
NOTES: The 210-square-foot Safelite Safe Spot is available for all ages and includes dim lighting, soft sounds and a projector with calming imagery. Individuals will also have a variety of tools available to assist with their experience including rocking chairs, fidget toys, textile circles, bubble lights, crash pads, weighted lap pads and more. The room is located off the elevator on the Club level at Party Tower 4 with easy access from the stairs or elevators located at Section 117 on the main concourse or Section 220 on the Upper Concourse.
Nationwide Arena staff worked closely with Columbus-based nonprofits Bridgeway – Academy and Therapy Center and A Kid Again Central Ohio Chapter to bring the sensory room to the venue.
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