COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets and Nationwide Arena, in partnership with Ticketmaster, are now offering fans an on-site, self-serve option for purchasing and picking up tickets for Blue Jackets games and the arena’s special events. Nationwide Arena is the first venue in Ohio to utilize Ticketmaster's new transactional kiosks which are designed to serve as a direct extension of the arena's ticket office.
The intuitive, touch-screen kiosks serve a dual purpose for customers. First, users may make advance purchases at box office prices 24 hours a day. Secondly, fans who have made an advance purchase through Ticketmaster by phone or online at ticketmaster.com may utilize the exterior kiosks to pick up tickets on game/show day, therefore eliminating the need to visit a Will Call window inside the ticket office.
"Ticketmaster's innovation offers a direct and immediate benefit to our fans. The multiple pick-up/purchase points greatly enhance customer convenience and we're thrilled to be the first in the state to offer the service," said Larry Hoepfner, Columbus Blue Jackets Senior Vice-President of Business Operations.
"Nationwide Arena is taking the fan-friendly experience to the next level with the introduction of Ticketmaster's interactive kiosks," said Nathan Buck, general manager of Ticketmaster’s Columbus operations. "Both concert goers and Blue Jackets fans will immediately experience unsurpassed ease and convenience with our new kiosks."
The arena boasts a total of six kiosks – two outside the ticket office on the west plaza, two outside the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line team store on the east plaza, and a pair of internal positions on the main concourse behind section 112. The external kiosks offer 24-hour access while the internal locations may be used by guests attending games and events.
Tickets for Blue Jackets 2008-09 regular season home games, including the October 17 home opener against the Nashville Predators, are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, The Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can purchase tickets by phone at (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets, mini-plans or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or 800-NHL-COLS. For a schedule of other Nationwide Arena events, visit www.nationwidearena.com.