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Blue Jackets celebrate 2015-16 home opener with plaza party (pres. by Nationwide) on Friday, Oct. 9

by Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets invite fans to kick off the club’s 2015-16 season by visiting the Opening Night Plaza Party, presented by Nationwide, on Friday, October 9 before the Jackets host Metropolitan Division rival New York Rangers at 7 p.m. The party on the Front Street plaza starts at 3 p.m. and game tickets are not required to attend.

A special attraction of the plaza party is the “blue” carpet arrival of the Blue Jackets. Fans are invited to line up and welcome the players as they proceed across the plaza and into the front doors of Nationwide Arena. Arriving in Lexus vehicles, most players are expected between 3:30-5 p.m.

Additional plaza party festivities include music, games, food and drink, and several live broadcasts starting with Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan’s Common Man & Company show from 3-6 p.m. Also adding to the atmosphere, SportsTime Ohio’s Bruce Drennan brings Drennan Live to the party from 3:30-5:30 p.m. followed by FOX Sports Ohio’s expanded edition of the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show hosted by Brian Giesenschlag and Bill Davidge starting at 6 p.m.

All fans attending the game will receive a 2015-16 schedule magnet courtesy of Papa John’s. Also, in recognition of the new Roosters Chili Chant, all fans will receive a voucher for a free cup of chili at central Ohio Roosters restaurants regardless of the typical three Blue Jackets goals necessary for redemption. Arena doors will open early at 5:30 p.m., with fans encouraged to take their seats by 7 p.m. for the Opening Night show featuring individual player introductions.

A limited number of tickets to the home opener are currently available for purchase online at,, or in person at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans may purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745‐3000.

Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2015-16 campaign are currently available for purchase. Individual game tickets for all home games at Nationwide Arena are on sale now. Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting

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