COLUMBUS, OHIO – Join fellow Blue Jackets fans in celebrating the start of the 2008-09 season with a kickoff party to watch the Blue Jackets open the season at Dallas on Friday, Oct. 10 at Frog Bear & Wild Boar in the Arena District. Game time is 8:30 p.m. ET, but the festivities will get underway at 8 p.m. with the FOX Sports Ohio pre-game show. In addition to the watching the game on the many the big screen TV’s, there will be food and drink specials, plenty of giveaways and great prizes including opening night tickets and autographed merchandise. All ages are welcome.
Opening Night in Columbus will take place on Friday, Oct. 17, when the Jackets host the Nashville Predators at 7 p.m. The night will feature a tribute to team founder John H. McConnell as all fans in attendance will receive a special John H. McConnell hat, featuring the JHM patch that will be worn by the players throughout the season.
The week following the home opener also features a pair of giveaway nights. When the Jackets host the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, Oct. 21, all fans will receive a 2008-09 magnet schedule courtesy of Donatos. The Blue Jackets celebrate Nationwide Night on Friday, Oct. 24 when the New York Rangers come to town. That night, the first 15,000 fans through the doors will receive a Rick Nash jersey t-shirt courtesy of Nationwide.
Other highlights of the promotional schedule include the following:
Nov. 8 vs. Calgary: Post-Game Team Autograph Session presented by Nationwide
Nov. 29 vs. Washington: Blue Jackets Youth Street Hockey Stick (first 5,000 fans age 12 and under)
Dec. 13 vs. New York Islanders: Nationwide Night – Blue Jackets Calendar presented by Nationwide (first 15,000 fans)
Jan. 16 vs. New Jersey: White Out T-Shirt Night presented by FOX Sports Ohio (all fans)
Apr. 11 vs. Minnesota: FANtastic FANale VIII - Team Poster (all fans)
In addition, there are five Sugardale $1 Hot Dog Nights (Nov. 8; Dec. 17; Jan. 31; Feb. 16; Mar. 31) on the calendar along with several Dispatch/Mix 97.1 Family Pack and Jackets Night Out offers. Visit www.BlueJackets.com for further details.
Individual game tickets for 2008-09 regular season home games are on sale now at Nationwide Arena, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, the Chiller Ice Rinks, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets, mini-plans and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.