A select group of Blue Jackets VIP Season Ticket Holders were treated to a special trip on the FOX Sports OHIO Fan Express as part of the launch of this unique Blue Jacket’s themed bus.
About 20 VIP Season Ticket Holders--fans with season ticket plans located in the Lexus Glass Seats or the Time Warner Cable HD Lounge --met at the Tim Horton's location at Nationwide Arena to begin their road trip to Pittsburgh.
The trip was an exclusive first look at the FOX Sports OHIO Fan Express, a 51-seat motor coach bus with a Blue Jackets branded interior and exterior. As part of the trip, the Season Ticket Holders watched hockey movies and enjoyed snacks, all while getting to know one another and discussing Blue Jackets hockey during the easy four hour trip.
“The bus was very comfortable," said Brett Febus, one of the VIP season ticket holders invited on the trip. "There was plenty of room for everybody to hang out and relax. The ride was just a good experience overall."
Upon their arrival in Pittsburgh, the Season Ticket Holders had their first glimpse of the city and CONSOL Energy Center. They toured the building and were treated to dinner in the Penguins' exclusive Lexus Club, where they enjoyed first-hand the Penguins VIP pre-game dining experience. After dinner, the group watched the game from lower level seats and had an up-close view of all the on-ice action.
Despite the Blue Jackets' 4-2 loss at to the Penguins and returning to Nationwide Arena around 1:30 a.m., the Season Ticket Holders had a great time experiencing the Fan Express bus and the entire road game adventure.
“The best parts were being with the other fans, being out in Pittsburgh and experiencing the whole game day experience," said Bharati Jayanthi. "It was cool to see what other teams do for their fans. It was a lot of fun to be with other Blue Jackets friends and be excited for the game together.”
Overall, the maiden voyage of the Fan Express bus was a hit and provided for some great feedback from the VIPs. Several Season Ticket Holders enjoyed the experience so much, that they said they would jump at the chance to rent out the FOX Sports OHIO Fan Express bus with their friends and families for other games in the future.
"Whenever we have something that is within a three to six hour drive, I would absolutely ride the bus again," said Febus, who made the trip with his brother and daughter. "It was a great time and we had so much fun.”
For more information regarding the Fan Express, please visit BlueJackets.com or call your Blue Jackets representative at 614-246-3350.