COLUMBUS, OHIO – In recognition of Veterans Day, the Columbus Blue Jackets will pay tribute to those who have served or are currently serving in the nation’s armed forces during Military Appreciation Night on Thursday, November 10 when the Jackets host the Chicago Blackhawks at Nationwide Arena.
Before the game, the 338th U.S. Army Band will entertain fans on the concourse. In-game activities include a special recognition of all current and former military personnel in attendance as well as an official swearing-in ceremony for a group of Army recruits. In addition, six local children from the 684th ASMC Family Readiness Group who have a currently deployed parent will be treated to rides on the Zamboni® and several active duty members representing the USO of Central Ohio will have the opportunity to watch pre-game warm-ups from the penalty boxes.
As a show of support and gratitude for all active and retired service members, Blue Jackets players will wear camouflage-style jerseys during pre-game warm-ups. The complete set of authentic worn jerseys will be individually autographed by the respective players and available for bidding in a silent auction that will begin that night and run through the end of the second intermission of the Saturday, Nov. 12 game vs. Winnipeg. The signed jerseys will be displayed on the arena’s Bud Light Terrace. All jerseys will have a starting bid of $150 with proceeds benefiting The Ohio State University’s Student Veterans Affairs Fund which awards scholarships for OSU student veterans.
On this night, the participating charity for the Blue Jackets Foundation’s 50/50 Raffle will be Operation Buckeye, a local organization that sends troops boxes containing food and snacks, personal hygiene items, reading materials and messages of support. Near the end of the game, one lucky winner will win 50% of the total raffle sales with the other half supporting Operation Buckeye. Tickets priced at $1 will be sold at multiple locations throughout the arena.
The Blue Jackets return to action Thursday when the club hosts the Toronto Maple Leafs. Game time is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel & Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network, including WWCD 102.5 FM and online at BlueJackets.com.
Single game tickets for the Blue Jackets 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 BlueJackets.com, the official club web site, and ticketmaster.com.