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Columbus Blue Jackets to host Opening Night Plaza Party

Kick off the 2018-19 season by visiting the Opening Night Plaza Party, presented by Nationwide, on Friday, October 5

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

The Columbus Blue Jackets invite fans to kick off the club's 2018-19 season by visiting the Opening Night Plaza Party, presented by Nationwide, on Friday, October 5 before the Jackets host Metropolitan Division opponent Carolina Hurricanes 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.

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, and beverages, including Pepsi products. Guests age 21 and over are invited to sample Mike's Hard Lemonade products that can also be found at select concession stands inside Nationwide Arena. Lyft will also be on site to educate fans on the designated pickup and drop-off location when attending Blue Jackets games and special events at Nationwide Arena.

All fans attending the game will receive a 2018-19 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.

In the days leading up to the October 5 home opener, fans are invited to check out the following activities:

October 1-5: #CBJ photo opportunities at McFerson Commons (across from the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena). Use hashtag #CBJ when posting photos with the letters and player cutouts for a chance to win team prizes.

Wednesday, October 3: Visit the Tim Hortons at Nationwide Arena from 7:30-9 a.m. to pick up CBJ giveaways and enter to win a pair of tickets to the home opener. Customers can receive a free Stinger donut with the purchase of any large drink. The morning will also feature appearances by Blue Jackets team ambassador and broadcaster Jody Shelley, CBJ alumnus and new assistant development coach Jared Boll and Stinger.

Thursday, October 4: Join CBJ alumni Fredrik Modin and Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre to watch the Blue Jackets' season-opening game vs. the Detroit Red Wings at R Bar in the Arena District. The party, featuring drink specials and ticket giveaways, starts at 6:30 p.m. and the puck drops at 7:30 p.m. live from Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

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