It hasn’t been an easy transition for the Columbus Blue Jackets since they entered the NHL as an expansion team in 2000. In the 10+ years as a franchise, the Blue Jackets have earned a playoff berth only once. This occurred during the 2008-2009 season when they won a franchise best 41 games. Columbus was swept by the Detroit Red Wings in the opening round of the playoffs. Rick Nash leads the organization in points, goals, and assists. Nash spent a decade skating for the Blue Jackets after being the 1st overall selection in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Nash also holds numerous other records for the organization to make him one of the more prominent players to skate for Columbus. Current Blue Jacket R. J. Umberger has quickly moved up the rankings in his short time with the franchise. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Columbus Blue Jackets hockey tickets.
2013 Blue Jackets Season Preview
The Blue Jackets had a great end to the season in 2013, but couldn’t close the big gap they left themselves and still missed the playoffs. This year, they’ll have Marian Gaborik for the entire season and hope to see goalkeeper Sergei Bobrovsky continue his stellar play behind goal. Nathan Horton was brought in to help on offense, and was a big get on the free agent market for the Blue Jackets. Columbus now has to battle the Penguins, Capitals and Rangers in the same division, so it won’t be easy, but another good year from Bobrovsky and anything can happen.
The Blue Jackets have big games against the Jets, Wild and Penguins in December, but will be on the road in Colorado for a game against the Avalanche on New Year’s Eve. Columbus will have a match up with the Capitals on Jan. 17, and then a three-game home stand against the Kings, Flyers and Sabres from Jan. 21 to Jan 25.
Check out our Columbus Blue Jackets Season Preview History page for previews of previous Blue Jackets seasons.
Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey at Nationwide Arena Address: 200 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, Ohio, 43215
The Blue Jackets play all their home games at Nationwide Arena, located in Columbus, Ohio. When filled to capacity, Nationwide Arena holds over 18,000 screaming fans. The state-of-the-art facility holds many concerts and sporting events throughout the year including the Arnold Classic. TicketCity is the best place to buy all tickets for Blue Jackets hockey games. The Columbus Blue Jackets home bench is on the Nationwide Arena rink side in front of sections 102 & 103. Nationwide Arena parking information is covered in our Blue Jackets event guide.
Blue Jackets vs. Red Wings
While the Blue Jackets might not be considered one of the Red Wings’ main rivals, there’s no doubt the Columbus fans and players don’t like that team up north. They play in the same division and Columbus tends to rack up the penalty minutes against Detroit, making it a fierce on-ice battle from the drop of the puck.
Columbus Blue Jackets in the Stanley Cup, Eastern Conference Championship, and NHL Playoffs
In 2000 the city of Columbus finally got their wish of having a Professional Sports Franchise thanks to the coming of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Since their inaugural season Columbus has struggled only making it to one NHL Playoff.
Columbus Blue Jackets Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to a Blue Jackets game?
Gates at Nationwide Arena open 1-hour before the puck drops.
Where are good places to eat before a Blue Jackets game?
For great pub food try The Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus, or Barley’s Brewing Company. Both are within a mile of the arena and will not disappoint. If you like Greek food don’t miss out on trying Mykonos Gyros. They have some of the best Greek dishes in Ohio. If you are looking to try something new, visit Kitchen Little. They have a large menu of holistic food options and is always a great dining experience. For Italian food try Marcella’s Ristorante, Pastaria, or Martini Modern Italian. Other great places in the area are Flavors of India, Café Del Mondo, Café Brioso, and Gallerie Bar & Bistro.
Where is the best place to park at Nationwide Arena?
Parking for Nationwide Arena is spread out over a wide area. The most convenient place is in Lot A located on John McConnell Blvd. just to the west of the arena. Another great place to look for parking is immediately to the north of the arena on Convention Center Drive. The next largest parking are is at Lot C located on the south side of Nationwide Blvd. at Front Street.
Does my child need a ticket to go to a Blue Jackets game?
Children aged 2 and older are required to have a ticket to enter Nationwide Arena. If your child is under 2 years old they will be allowed to sit on a guardians lap for the duration of the game. It is best practice to bring proof of your child’s age with you to ensure they are allowed to enter the arena.