COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets invite fans to "March On" with game-night festivities surrounding the 2017 Blue Jackets Stanley Cup Playoffs, presented by AEP, OhioHealth, Huntington and FOX Sports Ohio. The Blue Jackets open their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against Metropolitan Division rival Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. When the series shifts to Columbus, Nationwide presents the pre-game parties on the Front Street plaza in front of Nationwide Arena starting three hours before each home game.
On Sunday, April 16, the party starts at 3 p.m. Fans are invited to enjoy music, attractions, beverage stations and watch an hour-long edition of FOX Sports Ohio's Blue Jackets Live pre-game show hosted by Brian Giesenschlag and Bill Davidge starting at 5 p.m. On Tuesday, April 18, the party officially kicks off at 4:30 p.m. but Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan's Common Man & T-Bone will get an early start as they broadcast live from the plaza starting at 3 p.m. Game tickets are not required to attend the plaza parties.
Doors to Nationwide Arena will open 90 minutes before each home game and fans are reminded of the arena's bag policy that requires permitted bags to measure no larger than 5"x8"x1" with exceptions allowed for guests that require a larger bag for medical or childcare needs.
Thanks to AEP, OhioHealth, Huntington and FOX Sports Ohio, all fans attending the Apr. 16 game will receive a T-shirt and those coming to the Apr. 18 game will receive a rally towel.
FOX Sports Ohio will broadcast live the first four games of the series. If other games are necessary, FOX Sports Ohio will air all games except those that are carried exclusively on national television. All games can be heard live on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan in Columbus and online at BlueJackets.com.
Fans are encouraged to check the club's official website and social media channels, including @BlueJacketsNHL on Twitter, to receive news regarding potential last-minute playoff tickets going on sale. Any tickets that are made available will be on sale at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, online at BlueJackets.com and Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at (800) 745-3000.