The Columbus Blue Jackets will open the 2005-06 home campaign with a 7 p.m. contest against the Calgary Flames tonight, which is the five-year anniversary of the Jackets' inaugural game, played on Oct. 7, 2000, vs. Chicago.
The team has many festivities planed to kick of the teamâ€™s home opener, including Special Giveaways, Mix 97.1 Party Time on Celebration Plaza (weather permitting), and country recording artist Emerson Drive singing the National Anthem. (Click here to purchase tickets)
Don't forget Blue Jacket fans, 250 seats priced at $10 for tonight's game go on-sale at 5 p.m. The Blue Jackets will have a minimum of 250, $10 seats for every home game this season available at Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, two hours prior to game time. For tonight's game each person may purchase a maximum of four seats.
As for the game, two teams that dropped their road openers will battle on the ice tonight. Columbus (0-1-0) dropped a tight 3-2 contest at Washington, with Ohio native Dan Fritsche scoring two goals for the Jackets. Calgary (0-1-0), playing in its first game that counted since losing Game 7 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals, fell at Minnesota, 6-3.
The two teams will face each other four times, with two games at Nationwide Arena and two at Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary.
The game will be broadcast on FSN Ohio, as well as on the the Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship stations 1460 The Fan and CD101 in Columbus.