The NHL's suspension of play has a wide-ranging impact, perhaps none bigger than on the hourly, part-time and game-day employees at 31 arenas throughout North America.
Today, the Blue Jackets announced they will be doing their part to "alleviate these hardships" for both their game-day employees and those of arena operating company, CBJ Arena Management.
Here's official word from the club:
"While the goal is at some point to finish the regular season and award the Stanley Cup, we understand the postponement of regularly scheduled hockey games directly impacts the livelihood of our valued part-time staff. To help alleviate this hardship, the Blue Jackets and CBJ Arena Management will pay hourly game day employees for shifts lost for all CBJ games they were scheduled to work (that do not take place) through the end of the NHL regular season."
This is a great move by the Blue Jackets to help many people who will be hit hard by the lack of activity at Nationwide Arena during this shutdown.