COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets and the National Hockey League invite fans to celebrate the sport of hockey and a century's worth of players, teams and unforgettable moments when the NHL® Centennial Fan Arena makes its only Ohio stop at the 30th Annual Dublin Irish Festival from Friday, August 4 through Sunday, August 6. The traveling fan experience, which is visiting all 31 NHL club markets during the NHL's 100th year, will feature a host of attractions:
MUSEUM TRUCK - The centerpiece of the experience is a 53-foot museum truck with an innovative interior featuring more than 1,000 square feet of interactive digital displays, original video content, one-of-a-kind historical memorabilia, unique photo moments, a social media wall and customized areas representing Blue Jackets history. Click here to check out Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky visiting the museum during last season's All-Star festivities.
STANLEY CUP® - Fans will be able to see and get their photo taken with the oldest and most revered trophy in all professional sports as the Stanley Cup® will be on display Saturday and Sunday of that weekend.
CLEAR THE ICE ZAMBONI® VR EXPERIENCE - This never-before-seen VR experience allows fans to compete against each other in a race to resurface the ice. Fans will take a seat in a mini-Zamboni® ice resurfacer, feel cool air on their skin and their seat rumble, as they are tasked with creating the perfect sheet of ice - in virtual reality. All races will be timed and shared on a leaderboard.
"We're very excited to bring the NHL Centennial Fan Arena, which celebrates the rich and storied history of the League's first 100 years, to our community at this year's Dublin Irish Festival," said Blue Jackets Vice-President of Marketing J.D. Kershaw. "Combining this one-of-a-kind attraction with one of Central Ohio's premier summer events is a perfect way to showcase our game's history to a wide audience of festival guests and hockey fans alike."
"We are honored to present the NHL Centennial Fan Arena at the 30th Anniversary of the Dublin Irish Festival in August," said Dublin Mayor Greg Peterson. "Through our partnership with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Dublin Irish Festival invites guests to celebrate two landmark anniversaries in the heart of Dublin, Ohio."
A schedule of appearances by Blue Jackets players, personalities and alumni will be announced at a later date. Visit www.BlueJackets.com/Centennial for complete event information and updates. Hours of operation for the Centennial Fan Arena (museum truck and VR experience) and the Stanley Cup are below.
Friday, August 4
4-8 p.m. - Centennial Fan Arena
No Stanley Cup hours on this day.
Saturday, August 5
12-8 p.m. - Centennial Fan Arena
12-7 p.m. - Stanley Cup
Sunday, August 6
11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Centennial Fan Arena
11 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Stanley Cup
Located next to the Greenfields Sports Area and near the Dublin Irish Festival's Southwest Entrance, festival guests and hockey fans may visit the Centennial Fan Arena with the purchase of a Dublin Irish Festival admission ticket available now at www.dublinirishfestival.org/tickets.
About The Dublin Irish Festival
Set on 38 rolling acres in the heart of Coffman Park in Dublin, Ohio USA, The Dublin Irish Festival is consistently referred to as one of the nation's largest and premier Irish cultural events. More than 100,000 guests are expected to attend the Festival's 30th Anniversary Aug. 4, 5, & 6, 2017. With seven stages, 65 acts and more than 535 performers, there is truly something for everyone. For more information, please visit www.dublinirishfestival.org.