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COTA offering lines to Nationwide Arena, CBUS extending hours for NCAA games

Ahead of several first and second round games of the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament coming to Columbus Friday and Sunday, the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is offering a low-cost option for fans to get to Nationwide Arena.
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Ahead of several first and second round games of the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament coming to Columbus Friday and Sunday, the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is offering a low-cost option for fans to get to Nationwide Arena.

Bus stops will be on the east, west and south sides of the facility, with bus lines 1, 2, 2L, 5, 6 and 8 serving that area. CMAX has a bus stop just east of the arena, providing service up the Cleveland Avenue corridor to Westerville.

COTA says fans can get to and from the games for a $2 fare.

CBUS, which provides free service, will also extend its service hours Friday and Sunday until midnight. The CBUS covers transportation from the Arena District to the Short North, Downtown, the Brewery District and German Village.

For a map of the COTA bus lines going to Nationwide Arena, click here.

Nationwide Arena will host these games Friday:

  • Iowa v. Cincinnati at 12:15 p.m. (CBS)
  • Colgate v. Tennessee at 2:45 p.m. (CBS)
  • Washington v. Utah State at 6:50 p.m. (TNT)
  • Iona v. North Carolina at 9:20 p.m. (TNT)