Columbus Blue Jackets: Entertaining, Loyal Fanbase Fills the Nationwide Arena

March 25th, 2010 by Eric Felkey Leave a reply »
When the Columbus Blue Jackets opened in Nationwide Arena on Oct. 7, 2000, I don’t think many people in central Ohio could anticipate the impact the expansion hockey team would have on the area.

After all, Columbus is a football town. Always has been, and always will be. Even the  recent (at the time) 1999 Final Four run from the Ohio State basketball team only fleetingly captured the attention of the locals.

But the citizens of Columbus have embraced the Blue Jackets as the “little brother” to Ohio State football, despite seeing very little in return: The Jackets have made the playoffs just one time in their 10 year existence, and don’t seem to show signs of significant improvement for the future.

(Note: All scores are given on a one-to-five scale, one being poor and five being exceptional/unique.)


FANFARE Score: 19 out of a possible 30 points


F ood and Beverage: Three

You know what you’re getting at most sporting events: A traditional array of food from popcorn to pretzels, hot dogs to pizza, and snacks for the kids as well.
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