Blue Jackets Overview

Fast facts

League: Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division

Head Coach: John Tortorella

Team Mascot: Stinger

Year Opened: 2000

Capacity: 18500

City / State: Columbus / Ohio

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Blue Jackets vs Penguins

Rival Team: Pittsburgh Penguins

The Blue Jackets and Penguins don’t have a particularly strong rivalry, however, with the Jackets move to the Eastern Conference things have intensified between these two Metropolitan Division teams. The two teams met in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and you’ll find lots of Pens fans at Jackets games, which has helped sparked the flames in this budding rivalry. Get your tickets for Jackets-Penguins if you want to witness some intense hockey action at Nationwide Arena.

Blue Jackets vs Red Wings

Rival Team: Detroit Red Wings

Ohio and Michigan have an intense rivalry that extends beyond sports and that’s no different when it comes to hockey. While Blue Jackets-Red Wings may not have the history of Ohio State-Michigan, it still will draw plenty of fans from both teams. Make sure to get Jackets tickets when the Wings are in town for your chance to experience this fun rivalry.

Blue Jackets Stadium Guide

In Game

According to a recent fan survey, the Blue Jackets game experience is among the best in the NHL. The Blue Jackets pull out all the stops to put on a spectacular game day experience. Inside Nationwide Arena there are several tributes to the team and the game of hockey throughout the state of Ohio. The displays showcasing all the hats collected from hat tricks at Nationwide Arena and the high school hockey jerseys display are a must see for any hockey fans.

The team also has put together an excellent group of in-game entertainers, which include the Cannon Crew, Ice Crew, and the new Goal Patrol. You will certainly remain entertained throughout the game thanks to the presence of these entertainers.

Blue Jackets fans also help make the trip to Nationwide Arena an enjoyable one. While the team has struggled for most of its history, the fans who have remained loyal to the team are some of the most die-hard fans in the NHL. These fans are more than happy to talk hockey with you and are rather welcoming.

A Blue Jackets game is one of the best fan experiences in the NHL and best all you won’t have to break the bank to make the trip. The Jackets have some of the most affordable tickets in the league, and you can grab upper-level tickets for as low as $10 with the Huntington Green Seats. You can’t go wrong attending a Blue Jackets game so plan your trip today.

Things to check out


If you like to skate then check out the Icehaus. The practice rink for the Blue Jackets is open for public skating and presents an excellent opportunity for you to skate on the same ice as your heros.

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Nationwide Arena Tour

Diehard Jackets fans will want to arrive in Columbus a couple of days before the game so they can take a tour of Nationwide Arena. The tour gives you a chance to see what goes on behind the scenes at Nationwide Arena and is a great time for all.

Fox Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Store

Grab a souvenir at Fox Sports Ohio Blue Line inside Nationwide Arena. This Blue Jackets fan shop carries an incredible selection of Jackets gear including authentic jerseys, caps, shirts, and much more.

Games on the Lower Concourse

Before the game, you can stop and play a bunch of different games on the lower concourse including a large peg hockey game and a box hockey game. If you’re looking for something to do at the game stop by and play these games.

Team Tributes

Around the arena, you’ll find several tributes to the Blue Jackets. These tributes showcase the team’s 16-year history, the creation of the team, and there is even one for all the hats collected from hat tricks, so check them out.

High School Hockey Jerseys

On the concourse, you can see jerseys from all of the high school hockey teams in the state. If you’re an Ohio native try and find your school’s jersey in this nice tribute to the game.

Dancing Kevin

Blue Jackets superfan Dancing Kevin has been a Jackets game day staple for years and can be seen busting a move at every Jackets game. Don’t miss Dancing Kevin and his wild dances during your trip to Nationwide Arena.

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The Blue Jackets celebrate scoring by firing off a cannon. The cannon brings everyone to their feet as it erupts, so join in on the celebration to get in on the fun.

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The 6 ft 9 in Stinger can be found around the arena throughout the game. He’s usually seen banging on his snare drum and interacting with younger fans, so keep your eyes out for him at the game.

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Goal Patrol

The Goal Patrol cheer squad pumps up the crowd with promotions and giveaways. These energetic men and women bring everyone to their feet and will keep you engaged throughout the game.

Cannon Crew

The Cannon Crew energizes the crowd after every goal by waving Blue Jackets flags and cheering loudly. They’re one of the loudest groups inside Nationwide Arena, so you can’t miss them.

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Ice Crew

The Blue Jackets ice crew entertains the crowd with their ice dancing routines and will make sure the crowd stays in the game even during stoppages in play. Don’t leave your seats during a break in the action as you wouldn’t want to miss these talented women.

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Fight Songs

  1. For Those About to Rock

    Blue Jackets goal song

    We roll tonight to the guitar bite

    Stand up and be counted for what you are about to receive
    We are the dealers
    We’ll give you everything you need
    Hail hail to the good times
    Cos rock has got the right of way
    We ain’t no legends ain’t no cause
    We’re just livin’ for today
    For those about to rock, we salute you
    For those about to rock, we salute you

    We rock at dawn on the front line
    Like a bolt right outta the blue
    The skies alight with a guitar bite
    Heads will roll and rock tonight
    For those about to rock, we salute you
    For those about to rock, we salute you
    For those about to rock, we salute you, yes we do
    For those about to rock, we salute you

    We’re just a battery for hire with the guitar fire
    Ready and aimed at you
    Pick up your balls and load up your cannon
    For a twenty one gun salute
    For those about to rock
    We salute you
    For those about to rock
    We salute you
    For those about to rock
    We salute you
    We salute you

    We salute you, c’mon
    For those about to rock, we salute you
    For those about to rock, we salute you
    For those about to rock, we salute you
    For those about to rock, we salute you
    Shoot, shoot
    Shoot, shoot
    For those who give
    For those who take
    Those left high
    And those on the make
    We salute you
    We salute you
    We salute you


  2. Chili Chant

    After the Blue Jackets goal everyone chants “Chili!” in celebration of winning a free chili at participating Bob Evans restaurants. Join in on the chant and make sure to stop by Bob Evans for your free chili when the Blue Jackets score three.




Blue Jackets Bars & Restaurants

  1. Brothers Bar & Grill

    Brothers Bar

    Outpost of a Midwestern sports-bar chain serving casual American eats in a party atmosphere.

    477 Park St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA

    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  2. The Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus

    The Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus

    Historic, wood-trimmed pub with an on-site brewery & a menu of surf 'n' turf & other American fare.

    161 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Bareburger


    Casual, eco-minded regional chain for organic burgers (from beef to bison) & more, plus beer & wine.

    463 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  4. Ted’s Montana Grill

    Teds Montana Grill

    Old West-style steakhouse chain known for its burgers & chops made from bison.

    191 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  5. Nada


    Rustic-chic outpost featuring sophisticated Mexican cuisine & cocktails in a cool space.

    220 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  6. Mitchell’s Steakhouse

    Mitchells Steakhouse

    Premium cuts & classic sides backed by an ample wine list & a sophisticated atmosphere.

    45 N 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA

    Bar website

    steakhouse - $$$

  7. Rodizio Grill The Brazilian Steakhouse

    Rodizio Grill The Brazilian Steakhouse

    Outpost of a Brazilian steakhouse chain offering skewered meats carved tableside plus a salad bar.

    125 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215, USA


    Bar website

    steakhouse - $$$

  8. Hot Chicken Takeover

    Hot Chicken Takeover

    Spicy Nashville-style fried chicken & Southern sides in a barnlike space with counter service.

    59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  9. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

    Jenis Splendid Ice Creams

    Chain scooping creative flavors of ice cream & frozen yogurt made from local ingredients.

    1281 Grandview Ave, Grandview Heights, OH 43212, USA


    Bar website

    cafe - $

  10. Martini Modern Italian

    Martini Modern Italian

    Traditional Italian dishes with a modern twist served in a contemporary space with chandeliers.

    445 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA


    Bar website

    italian - $$$

  11. Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant

    Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant

    Chain serving family-style Italian fare in a kitschy setting featuring red-&-white tablecloths.

    343 N Front St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA


    Bar website

    italian - $$

  12. Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails

    Tip Top Kitchen Cocktails

    A down-to-earth tavern offering plentiful draft beers & entrees such as pot roast.

    73 E Gay St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$$

  13. Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar

    Bostons Restaurant Sports Bar

    Sports-bar chain serving gourmet pizzas, burgers, wings & more in a relaxed space filled with TVs.

    191 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - sportsbar - $$

  14. BBR Columbus

    BBR Columbus

    Bustling pub with a lineup of American classics like burgers & wings, plus happy hours & DJs.

    106 Vine St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  15. Dahlia Bar & Lounge

    Dahlia Bar and Lounge

    Dahlia Bar & Lounge brings a new element to the Arena District with a modern, contemporary, and elegant ambiance & vibe from all aspects.

    147 Vine St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  16. Char Bar


    Great watering hole with a ice-cold beer.

    439 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  17. Park Street Cantina

    Park Street Cantina

    Lively Mexican spot with a door policy & outdoor patio, serving tacos & 90+ types of tequila.

    491 Park St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  18. R Bar Arena

    R Bar Arena

    Bustling hockey-themed sports bar providing typical pub grub, patio seating & plenty of TVs.

    415 N Front St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  19. Betty’s Bar


    Great time to hang out in with your friends before any big Clippers and Blue Jackets game.

    435 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  20. Novak’s Tavern & Patio

    Novaks Tavern and Patio

    Vibrant brick-walled taproom with rooftop patio, serving pub grub in an easygoing environment.

    475 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$