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Old 08-11-2017, 01:29 PM   #1
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Hey everybody,

I'm going to a Columbus Blue Jackets game this December and I'm wondering if anyone has been. If so, what was it like? A good experience?


Thanks guys, hockey is awesome to watch in person
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Old 08-11-2017, 01:34 PM   #2
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Hey everybody,

I'm going to a Columbus Blue Jackets game this December and I'm wondering if anyone has been. If so, what was it like? A good experience?


Thanks guys, hockey is awesome to watch in person
Not a bad seat in the whole place honestly. Park street is where all the bars are to pregame if you want, bud light pounders are like 9$ or something inside the stadium.
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Old 08-11-2017, 05:21 PM   #3
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I've never had a bad experience, and the cannon is one of the more unique things you'll see. Food in the stadium is unremarkable, but there are a ton of quality places to eat downtown.

If you haven't bought tickets yet and have any form of student ID, the Jackets have traditionally done Student Rush tickets the day of games, which are $15/upper bowl and $25/lower bowl tickets (way cheaper than whatever else you'll pay), but it's tough to bank on that if you're travelling for the game.
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Old 08-11-2017, 05:58 PM   #4
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I've never had a bad experience, and the cannon is one of the more unique things you'll see. Food in the stadium is unremarkable, but there are a ton of quality places to eat downtown.

If you haven't bought tickets yet and have any form of student ID, the Jackets have traditionally done Student Rush tickets the day of games, which are $15/upper bowl and $25/lower bowl tickets (way cheaper than whatever else you'll pay), but it's tough to bank on that if you're travelling for the game.
I'll look into the student ID discount. Sounds like a great deal, if it's for every game and if I would meet the criteria. How much do tickets cost for a game? They're playing Anaheim, so not really a big time game per say.
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Old 08-12-2017, 12:54 PM   #5
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It's been quite a few years since I've been there, but I had a great time. I had no idea there was a cannon though when I walked in. Shocked the crap out of my the first time the Blue Jackets scored.
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It's a 'cookie cutter' venue as are most of the arenas now in the NHL, what is nice you can stand on the concourse level around the corners of the rink and it's a nice view to watch and enjoy a beer.

I bought a ticket on the street for the lower arena for $15.00

Attending games in Boston the price and quality of the arena and downtown area was a pleasant surprise.

As someone else mentioned just don't stand in the corner where the cannon is located! LOL
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Old 08-12-2017, 04:31 PM   #7
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Absolutely cool as hell!! Seeing the cannon is a must before the game or during intermissions. Love the brick interior and there really are no bad seats, and they're affordable! That whole "Arena District" is awesome and new with lots of cool bars and restaurants next to the arena. Have fun!!!!
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I'll be going this year, too. My daughter is a huge Panarin fan, so we'll be making a road trip out of this one on our way to Cincinnati to see friends.
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It's awesome. I work for nationwide and I get free tickets all the time.
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I'll look into the student ID discount. Sounds like a great deal, if it's for every game and if I would meet the criteria. How much do tickets cost for a game? They're playing Anaheim, so not really a big time game per say.
Details on the student rush tickets

Otherwise, I seem to remember upper bowl tickets being ~$40/each from the team with prices in the lower bowl starting around $60(?). Who knows how much that'll change though. For a game like Anaheim, student rush or secondary market tix may be the best best.

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Absolutely cool as hell!! Seeing the cannon is a must before the game or during intermissions. Love the brick interior and there really are no bad seats, and they're affordable! That whole "Arena District" is awesome and new with lots of cool bars and restaurants next to the arena. Have fun!!!!
The Arena District/Short North are fantastic; Columbus is just a fantastic city (no bias here at all).
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Went for the first time this past season.

Definitely a "culture shock" from seeing games in Boston.

Didn't seem to be a bad sightline from anywhere...though that's typical in newer NHL areans.

Food was meh...though I probably didn't hit the right spots.
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Thanks for all the tips guys!

The cannon thing sounds really interesting.. where is it so I know to avoid seating there lol?
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