COLUMBUS, OH -- During tonight’s Experience Columbus Annual Meeting and 75th Anniversary Celebration held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the Columbus Blue Jackets received an EXPY Award for the organization’s presentation of the 2015 National Hockey League All-Star Celebration. The EXPYs recognize “outstanding contributions by businesses, groups, organizations or individuals to the local hospitality industry and overall visitor experience."
Under the direction of the host Blue Jackets and the League, and supported by numerous community and corporate partners, NHL All-Star Weekend attracted tens of thousands of visitors to central Ohio, sparked significant economic and community impact, and garnered international exposure for Columbus.
“Working alongside the NHL, the Greater Columbus Sports Commission and our other civic, community and corporate partners resulted in one of Columbus’ most memorable sports weekends and this EXPY commemorates that collaboration,” said Blue Jackets Executive Vice President of Business Operations Larry Hoepfner. “We’re very proud and honored to receive this community-driven award.”
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In addition to the sold-out Honda NHL Skills Competition and 60th NHL All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena, 33,500 attended the NHL Fan Fair at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and more than 40,000 enjoyed the unique outdoor offerings of Blue Jackets All-Star Winter Park, presented by Worthington Industries, at McFerson Commons. Additionally, the community benefit was measured at nearly $1 million thanks to fundraising efforts by the Blue Jackets Foundation and a significant investment made in a unique legacy project that will benefit families at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House for years to come.