Apr 14, 2023 - Things to Do
Best Day Ever

Best Day Ever: Becca Golden, Nationwide Arena lighting operator

Becca Golden gives a thumbs up inside the Nationwide Arena lighting and sound booth.

Lighting operator Becca Golden inside the Nationwide Arena sound booth. Photo: Courtesy of Becca Golden

If the Columbus Blue Jackets happen to score a goal Friday night, Becca Golden will be ready.

  • The Nationwide Arena lighting operator has another important job every home game: Sounding the celebratory goal horn.

We asked Golden to describe her Best Day Ever in Columbus:

🎵 Music to start your day: I usually start by listening to whichever Disney soundtrack my 6- and 3-year-old daughters request on the way to school.

  • My taste in music has been described as, “every song ever written, on shuffle." Once I've dropped them off, it's typically a musical free-for-all. Most days I go for early 2000s pop punk or alt rock from any decade. Or boy bands. Or Broadway.

🌯 Breakfast: I'm a breakfast burrito gal, so I'm always looking for a new one to try!

🐨 Morning activity: The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. We live very close to the zoo and we love to visit, even if for a short morning trip.

🌭 Lunch: You can't go wrong with Dirty Frank’s, a literal hot dog palace!

  • My all-time favorite is the True Love Always: A hot dog topped with green olives and cream cheese. It’s only available on certain occasions so be sure to try it whenever it’s offered.

🏡 Afternoon activity: Relaxing at home with my family.

  • Activities include playing with my kids in the backyard pool or sandbox, helping them cover the driveway in chalk or riding anything with wheels around our neighborhood.

🍽️ Dinner: Gallo’s Kitchen and Bar. The Chicken Etouffee is to die for, and I could never have enough pierogies from the Tap Room.

🎻 Evening activity: My husband and I love going to concerts all over Columbus, but we especially love Picnic with the Pops at the Columbus Commons.

  • I'm really looking forward to seeing Ben Folds play with the Columbus Symphony this summer.

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