The Columbus Blue Jackets (CBJ) will take the ice for their 23rd season at Nationwide Arena on Thursday, Oct. 12. Here’s what you can expect to experience when the puck drops.


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Before the Game


Be sure to arrive at any Blue Jackets game with plenty of time to spare.

DORA (Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area) is activated in the Arena District three hours before the start of each game, meaning you can score an alcoholic beverage to-go from participating locations and enjoy your drink anywhere within the DORA boundaries.

On special nights, such as Opening Night, the Blue Jackets will host a ‘Party on the Plaza’ prior to the game with music, vendors and activities on Battelle Plaza, located on the corner of Front St. & Nationwide Blvd.

More than 18,000 parking spots are within walking distance of the Arena, but if you're worried, you can always reserve a spot in advance. Find out how and get information on ride-share drop-offs here.

Looking for a good pre-game spot? Check out the Arena District Gameday Guide or review some of these recommendations:

R Bar

THE CBJ Bar and a must-stop for fans. Having cash on hand is helpful to get a quick drink!

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Whistle & Keg

A prime location on the plaza featuring pour-your-own taps. Plus, bring your own food!

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Located directly across from the box office with great beer specials.

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Happy hour still available on game days, along with an extensive menu and plenty of seating.

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If you don't have any Jackets gear, be sure to suit up with one of these local retailers!

At the Arena




Doors open one hour prior to the start of the game. All tickets are mobile, so if you have concerns about connectivity, add tickets to your Apple Wallet or Google Pay in advance. If you don't have a smartphone, take your confirmation email to the box office for assistance.

IMPORTANT! Nationwide Arena has a "no bag" policy, which prohibits any bags larger than 8”x5”x1”, with the exception of diaper and medical bags. All children over the age of 2 are expected to have a ticket. Sensory packs are available to be picked up at guest services at any time throughout the night if needed. 


Nationwide Arena


Food & Drink


There’s no reason to go hungry (or thirsty) at the game. There are tons of great spots for food & drink throughout the arena. Find them using the beer finder or concession locater

The official beer of the Columbus Blue Jackets is BrewDog's Cannon Blast, an easy-drinking pale ale as smooth as a fresh sheet of ice. This beer was made for the fans, named by the fans, and is available throughout the arena.

IMPORTANT! Nationwide Arena is a cashless experience.


Can of BrewDog's CBJ Cannon Blast Beer at a CBJ game


Cheers, Chants and Cannon Blasts


When joining 'The 5th Line' for a game, there are some things you should know.

Prior to every game and after each Blue Jackets goal is scored, the team fires an 1857 Napoleon replica cannon that can be heard around the arena. See it up close in Section 111. The cannon, and the Blue Jackets' name, are tied to the city & state's contributions to the Union Army during the Civil War. 

There are some other traditions, too. Before each game when the PA announcer introduces Blue Jackets anthem singer Leo Welsh, fans respond with a loud, affectionate, 'LEO!' When Stinger starts beating his share drum it's a call for a 'CBJ' or 'Let's Go Jackets' chant, and after the cannon sounds for a goal be prepared to celebrate with Locksley's "The Whip", a goal song from a local band with a catchy refrain. Listen once and you'll know the refrain by heart.


Cannon fire during Columbus Blue Jackets game




There are plenty of ways to celebrate a Blue Jackets victory. 

DORA stays activated until midnight on the day of the game. If you're headed outside the Arena District, check out the many restaurants & bars in the Short North or the various other options for nightlife and entertainment around the city.


Nationwide building lit with "Let's Go Jackets"