COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets and Papa John's Pizza announced today a new multiyear partnership that makes the world's third largest pizza company the official pizza of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Papa John's will be the exclusive pizza sold at Nationwide Arena starting tonight at Blue Jackets FanFest presented by Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane Laboratories from 5-9 p.m. During tonight's event, fans may visit the Papa John's concession stand that anchors the food offerings on the Bud Light Terrace located on the arena's main concourse.
The fully integrated partnership is highlighted by a host of in-market and in-game promotions as well as traditional in-arena messaging elements. Every Monday during hockey season, Papa John’s customers and Blue Jackets fans have a chance to score free toppings thanks to the weekly Blue Jackets Special – a large cheese pizza for just $9.99, complete with a free topping for every goal that the team scores in its last game. The number of free toppings doubles with a Jackets win. In addition, the Blue Jackets and Papa John’s are also teaming up to offer a monthly contest in which businesses may register online for a chance to win a pizza party at the office and Blue Jackets game tickets.
"We are very excited to partner with the central Ohio franchise group to bring the strength of Papa John's national brand to our team," said Cameron Scholvin, Columbus Blue Jackets Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. "We're particularly looking forward to engaging Blue Jackets fans throughout the year via Papa John's marketplace activations."
"Our entire organization has always been big fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets," said Charles Burris, Operating Partner for the Central Ohio franchise group for Papa John's Pizza. "This multiyear partnership marks our first with a central Ohio sports team and our number one focus will be on the fans, with exciting promotions in game and out in the local community."
The partnership further reaches the youth hockey and skating community with messaging at the Chiller Ice Rinks and presenting sponsorship of Chiller birthday parties held at the suburban rinks.
Also, when the Blue Jackets celebrate their 11th National Hockey League Opening Night on Friday, Oct. 7 against the Nashville Predators, all fans in attendance will receive a 2011-12 Blue Jackets magnet schedule courtesy of Papa John's.
Single game tickets for Blue Jackets preseason home games starting at $26 are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at Blue Jackets Ticket Central, the official club web site, and www.ticketmaster.com.
Full and partial season ticket plans for the Blue Jackets' 2011-12 season are on sale now starting at less than $15 per game. Full and partial-season ticket holders receive a number of great benefits including significant savings versus single-game prices; the best available seat locations; exclusive access to events with players and coaches; and priority access to tickets for most other events at Nationwide Arena and the Jerome Schottenstein Center. For more information, call (800) NHL-COLS.
About Papa John's Pizza
The Central Ohio franchise group for Papa John's Pizza - Johncol, Inc. - is based in Columbus with 23 franchise restaurants headed up by Franchisee Allen Hertzman and Operating Partner Charles Burris. Mr. Hertzman opened his first Papa John's Restaurant on Bethel Road in 1991. Since then Johncol has expanded in the greater Columbus area including locations in Delaware, Marion, Mansfield and Newark/Heath. Johncol, Inc. was recently honored and awarded the company's prestigious title of Franchisee of the Year for 2010. The Columbus co-op group reaches out to Mt. Vernon, Chillicothe, Lancaster, Circleville, Cambridge, Coshocton, and North & South Zanesville.
Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is the world's third largest pizza company. For 10 of the past 12 years, consumers have rated Papa John's No. 1 in customer satisfaction among all national pizza chains in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Papa John's also was honored by Restaurants & Institutions Magazine (R&I) with the 2009 Gold Award for Consumers’ Choice in Chains in the pizza segment. Papa John’s is the Official Pizza Sponsor of the National Football League and Super Bowl XLV, XLVI and XLVII. For more information about the company or to order pizza online, visit Papa John's at www.papajohnscolumbus.com.