COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets invite fans to Nationwide Arena for a host of activities surrounding live first-round coverage of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from Los Angeles on Friday, June 25. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. The party starts at 6 p.m. on the floor of the arena with live Draft coverage set to begin at 7 p.m. Free parking will be available in the garage attached to Nationwide Arena and the first 500 fans to enter will receive a free t-shirt featuring the new 10th season logo.
In conjunction with the VERSUS telecast shown on the video scoreboard, team broadcasters George Matthews, Bob McElligott and Bill Davidge, alongside Blue Jackets Radio Network host Mark Wyant, will anchor the radio broadcast live on Sports Radio 1460AM The Fan starting at 7 p.m. In addition, Jeff Rimer will contribute analysis and interviews direct from Los Angeles.
The festivities are headlined by player appearances by Antoine Vermette, Derek Dorsett and 2009 first-round draft pick, John Moore, who will be on hand to sign autographs and join the kids for street hockey. Also that evening, fans can check out available seat locations for full season, 20-game, 10-game and six-game ticket plans for the 2010-11 season and talk to ticket representatives.
Fans interested in learning more about traveling to Stockholm, Sweden for the Blue Jackets' 2010-11 season-opening games against San Jose may pick up information regarding the travel packages offered by Premiere Global Sports. Available packages include tickets, airfare, hotel accommodations, transportation, city tours, VIP experiences and more.
A wide range of activities offered during the party include the following:
- Tours of the Blue Jackets and visiting NHL locker rooms
- Street hockey on the arena floor for kids
- Free public skating in the Dispatch Ice Haus from 5-7 p.m.
- Photo opportunities in the penalty boxes, and alongside the cannon and Zambonis
- Merchandise and game-used equipment sale at The FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line
- Draft Party food and beverage specials
The Blue Jackets currently have the rights to eight picks, including one first-round selection (4th overall), at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, to be held at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. For more information regarding the NHL Entry Draft, Draft Party details or Select-A-Seat Open House opportunities, visit www.BlueJackets.com.