It's a good thing the Buckeyes aren't playing at home on Saturday. Because as great as it would be for the 'Shoe to host Ohio State's definitive stomping of Northwestern (yes, that's a prediction), Columbus just can't handle it this weekend. The city's dance card is full. Its cell is blowing up. Its inbox has exceeded its storage limit.
It’s a good thing the Buckeyes aren’t playing at home on Saturday. Because as great as it would be for the ’Shoe to host Ohio State’s definitive stomping of Northwestern (yes, that’s a prediction), Columbus just can’t handle it this weekend.
The city’s dance card is full. Its cell is blowing up. Its inbox has exceeded its storage limit.
However you want to say it: From horses to hockey to soccer and the symphony, Columbus has packed it all in this weekend.
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In fact, it’s such a loaded weekend that the city’s convention and visitors bureau chose now, specifically, to invite a bunch of meeting planners — folks who arrange national association meetings that could fill the Greater Columbus Convention Center and buy out every Downtown hotel room — to see how much the city can handle.
“These are the weekends where we try to show off just how vibrant and how big Columbus can be,” said Scott Peacock, spokesman for the Greater Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Let’s run down the list. For starters, the big one: the sold-out Presidents Cup, expected to draw 150,000, is in full swing at Dublin’s Muirfield Village Golf Club, and it’s the reason why Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and journalists and fans from around the world are in town. It’s also why the 3,800 Downtown hotel rooms are taken, and why traffic has been so, um, challenging.
Golf dominates the weekend, no question. But plenty of other entertainment options have managed to pop in.
“The good news is you’ve got the opportunity to go out to the course, watch some action and still have a good half of the day to do something else,” Peacock said.
Over at the Ohio Expo Center, the All American Quarter Horse Congress, expected to attract 650,000 attendees during the nearly monthlong show, kicks off today.
Tonight, the Blue Jackets open their hockey season against the Calgary Flames with 18,000 sold-out seats. (And since we can’t go too long without mentioning golf, it must be said that Jack Nicklaus is scheduled to drop the ceremonial first puck.)
If soccer is your thing, the Crew hosts Kansas City on Saturday. Rather hear some Mahler? The Columbus Symphony opens its season Saturday night with the Austrian composer’s Resurrection symphony.
From a quick look at the calendar, there’s also a Thirty Seconds to Mars show tonight at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion; the Run Like a Girl races Saturday morning Downtown; and the Fall Flea market on Sunday at Seventh Son Brewing.
But let’s get back to golf.
With so many Cup visitors in town — and many, including foreign journalists, staying in Downtown and Arena District hotels — the Short North is expecting a happily packed weekend, said Betsy Pandora, executive director of the Short North Alliance.
“We’re fully excited to have those folks staying in the district,” she said.
So the district has something special planned for them. During the Short North gallery hop, a monthly Saturday evening event, stylized images from the Presidents Cup will be projected on the side of a building, Pandora said. An artist will complete murals depicting key victory scenes from the event.
And those who’ve never been to Columbus will see banners along some Short North buildings, repeating the same word in 13 languages: “Welcome.”