COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets invite fans to kick off the club's 2017-18 season by visiting the Opening Night Plaza Party, presented by Nationwide, on Friday, October 6 before the Jackets host Metropolitan Division rival New York Islanders at 7 p.m. The party on the Front Street plaza starts at 3 p.m. and game tickets are not required to attend.
A central attraction of the plaza party is the Nationwide "blue carpet" arrival of the Blue Jackets. Fans are invited to line up and welcome the players as they proceed across the plaza and into the front doors of Nationwide Arena. Arriving in Lexus vehicles, most players are expected between 3:30-5 p.m.
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The party will also feature photo opportunities with the collection of trophies captured at the 2017 NHL Awards by Nick Foligno (Mark Messier Leadership Award and King Clancy Memorial Trophy), Sergei Bobrovsky (Vezina Trophy - best goaltender) and John Tortorella (Jack Adams Award - coach of the year). After the party, the trophy display will move inside Nationwide Arena for the duration of the game.
Other highlights of the event include live broadcasts starting with Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan's Common Man & T-Bone show from 3-6 p.m., followed by FOX Sports Ohio's expanded edition of the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show hosted by Brian Giesenschlag and Bill Davidge starting at 6 p.m.
Additional plaza party festivities include music, games and prizes from Nationwide, light snacks and beverages, including Pepsi products. Guests age 21 and over can enjoy beer and are also invited to sample Mike's Hard Lemonade products that can also be found at select concession stands at Nationwide Arena.
All fans attending the game will receive a 2017-18 schedule magnet courtesy of Papa John's Pizza. Arena doors open early at 5:30 p.m. and fans are encouraged to take their seats by 7 p.m. for the Opening Night show featuring individual player introductions.
Single game tickets for all home games played at Nationwide Arena during the 2017-18 regular season, including the Friday, October 6 home opener against the New York Islanders, are on sale now. To view the club's complete 2017-18 schedule and find information on a variety of season ticket options, visit BlueJackets.com.