COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that Ana Jackson is the newest addition to the team's cast of in-arena personalities that entertain hockey fans during home games. Jackson, a Columbus native and former television news reporter for NBC4 (WCHM), will share in-game hosting duties with veteran arena host Mike Todd, starting with Friday's home opening contest against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Fans can continue to expect familiar facets of the Blue Jackets game experience including the inimitable voice of public address announcer Greg Murray, the musical entertainment of organist Bob Dawson and the commanding rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" performed by signature anthem singer Leo Welsh.
"We're excited to mark the team's 10th season with the addition of a new personality to our talented game entertainment crew and the launch of an interactive crowd entertainment system that sports fans in Columbus haven't experienced before," said Kimberly Kershaw, Columbus Blue Jackets Director of Game Presentation and Production.
An exciting new addition to the Blue Jackets game atmosphere this year is the introduction of CrowdWave's interactive game system and "Vision Interactive"™ technology. Columbus is one of only five National Hockey League clubs to introduce the innovative entertainment system this season.
CrowdWave is a unique mass-participation, interactive game platform that turns every fan into a human controller, enabling them to work together or compete against each other in video games shown on the Nationwide Arena's video displays. Fans will experience a completely new level of interaction simply by moving their arms. CrowdWave's game system and Vision Interactive™ technology analyzes the direction, intensity and timing of a crowd’s movement, as a whole or section by section, to control on-screen events – to play a game, answer a poll or make a choice.
The Blue Jackets return to action Friday when they host the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in the first home game of the club’s 10th season. Ticket prices start at $22 and are available at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, ticket outlets at the Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at BlueJackets.com and Ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets, 20-, 10- and six-game packages and group tickets, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.