The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that Huntington Bank has signed a multi-year deal to become the hockey club’s sixth Championship Partner. The deal names Huntington as the official financial services provider of the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Columbus Destroyers and Nationwide Arena. Huntington joins Anheuser-Busch, Dispatch Media Group, OhioHealth, Pepsi and Pontiac-GMC as Championship Partners of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Primary components of the fully integrated corporate partnership include prominent signage in various areas throughout Nationwide Arena including in-ice inventory, dasher boards, panels on the center hung scoreboard, in-arena billboards and banners as well as electronic exposure on the YESCO signage. In addition, Huntington holds naming rights to a branded destination on the arena’s main concourse. Additional elements of the partnership include in-game promotional opportunities, broadcast inventory and several branded ATM locations throughout Nationwide Arena and the Dispatch Ice Haus.
Beyond the confines of Nationwide Arena, Huntington will also have dasher boards and in-ice signage on all sheets of ice at the Chiller Ice Rinks including the Dispatch Ice Haus, Chiller Dublin, Chiller Easton and Chiller North.
The deal also includes field naming rights, in-game signage and broadcast inventory for the Columbus Destroyers of the Arena Football League. The Destroyers open their 2006 season in January.
“The Blue Jackets organization is very proud to enter into a partnership with a company that is so deeply ingrained in the community it serves. We look forward to working closely with Huntington to help grow their financial services business by maximizing the unique resources of our sports franchises,” said Larry Hoepfner, Columbus Blue Jackets Senior Vice-President of Business Operations.
“We are tremendously excited to join the Blue Jackets and Destroyers families. To us, this represents a true partnership and we welcome the opportunity to build a meaningful affiliation with the fans of both teams through a variety of affinity programs,” added James Kunk, President, Central Region, Huntington National Bank.
Tickets to all Blue Jackets games are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, the Blue Jackets Zones at Chiller Dublin, Chiller Easton, Chiller North, all Ticketmaster ticket centers, by phone at (614) 431-3600 or via the internet at www.BlueJackets.com and ticketmaster.com. For information on full season tickets starting as low as $13 per game, mini-season ticket plans or group tickets, call (800) NHL-COLS.