Though Columbus is the largest city in Ohio and is blessed with the consistently competitive Ohio State Buckeyes, major league teams have historically chosen to locate in Cincinnati or Cleveland—until the Columbus Blue Jackets came to town. Team captain Nick Foligno is leading his team through the Metropolitan Division with hopes of making the NHL Playoffs for the second year in a row. Last year, the Blue Jackets lost in the first round to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the eventual Stanley Cup victors, and this year they’d love another opportunity to knock the antarctic seabirds off their perch. Join the excitement at Nationwide Arena with a Columbus Blue Jackets ticket, and get ready for some hard-hitting hockey action.
Though the year 2000 didn’t deliver long-promised jetpacks, Columbus was blessed that year with Ohio’s first professional hockey team since 1978. The Columbus Blue Jackets entered the NHL with the Minnesota Wild, another expansion team, and promptly lost their first game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Though they missed the playoffs that year, the team built a solid foundation for success that would help them through the future. The Blue Jackets, named in honor of Ohio’s role in winning the Civil War, had limited success until 2009 when they finally made it to the playoffs for the first time. Unfortunately, they lost to the Detroit Red Wings and wouldn’t make it back to the postseason until 2014. Despite these setbacks, the team is once again fighting it out for a chance to win the Stanley Cup.
Top goal-scorer and assist-leader Artemi Panarin is leading his team on the front line while Sergei Bobrovsky blocks the net, and the rest of team is coming together for another fantastic season. They are lighting up the Eastern Division, so be sure to get your Blue Jackets tickets before one of the top things to do in Columbus is no longer available.