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Blue Jackets announce public skating schedule for Winter Park at McFerson Commons

by Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today the schedule for daily public skating sessions at the NHL-sized ice rink that will anchor Columbus Blue Jackets Winter Park presented by Worthington Industries at McFerson Commons (across the street from Nationwide Arena) from Friday, January 22 through Sunday, February 21. To inaugurate this year’s Winter Park, the Blue Jackets will hold a team practice at the outdoor rink on Friday, January 22 at noon followed by the first public skating session at 1:30 p.m. More than 130 hours of public skating will be offered over the 31 days of Winter Park.

Admission to skate will be $5 (cash only) and includes skate rental. Access to all sessions is first come, first served based on availability and the schedule is subject to change. The rink will be equipped with bleacher seating for approximately 500 people, a skate rental tent and four heated locker rooms.

In addition to skating activities at the rink and fire pits for gathering, Winter Park will also feature a large heated tent that will serve as the hub for weekend entertainment, food and beverage service and home to a Blue Jackets replica locker room. Another attraction will be a video board near the ice rink that will show Blue Jackets games on weekends.

Concessions will be available on Fridays and Saturdays (noon to 11 p.m.) and Sundays (noon to 6 p.m.). Available items will include hot dogs, bratwurst, chips, peanuts, candy, beer, Pepsi products, coffee, hot chocolate and s’mores packs that may be prepared over fire pits within Winter Park.

Fans are also reminded that the opening weekend of Winter Park festivities will feature The 5th Line 5K Race presented by OhioHealth on Saturday, January 23. The 3.1-mile road race that starts outside Nationwide Arena and finishes inside Nationwide Arena at center ice is open to runners and walkers. For more information or to register for the race, visit

For more information on Columbus Blue Jackets Winter Park presented by Worthington Industries, including the most up-to-date public skating and entertainment schedules, visit

The Blue Jackets return to action Friday when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes. Game time from PNC Arena is 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan, and online at


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