Fans Back: Blue Jackets Receive Approval For 10% Capacity, Starting on March 2nd

By Jacob Nitzberg on February 20, 2021 at 10:01 am
Apr 16, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus mascot Stinger stands over the It's Time banner prior to game four of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs in the game of the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
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Nationwide Arena is about to get some energy back in the building.

Today, the Blue Jackets announced that they had received approval from the Ohio Department of Health to host 1,953 fans (10% capacity) at each home game, starting on March 2nd against the Detroit Red Wings. 

Per the club's release, "current season ticket holders will receive priority access to single game tickets for games beginning with the March 2nd contest between the Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings through a series of "restricted" and "unrestricted" pre-sales starting Tuesday, February 23. The ticket purchasing process, including a public on-sale date, is being finalized and will be shared prior to tickets going on sale."

It's been a work in progress, and the Blue Jackets organization is very excited to be able to welcome the 5th Line back to Nationwide Arena.

"The Blue Jackets would like to thank Governor DeWine, the Ohio Department of Health and Columbus Public Health for working with us over the past several weeks on a plan to allow our fans to return to Nationwide Arena," said club President Mike Priest. "We have worked diligently with Columbus Arena Sports & Entertainment, as well as Nationwide Arena staff, to put protocols in place that put the health and safety of our fans, players, coaches, staff and guests at the forefront. The 5th Line is incredibly important to our team. We need them in our building and we will need them to abide by the established protocols to ensure we can continue to be together for the remainder of the 2020-21 season."

For a full list of health and safety protocols that will be in place at Nationwide Arena, click here.