Archive for October, 2021
The Columbus Blue Jackets open the 2021-22 season when they host the Arizona Coyotes at Nationwide Arena on Thursday, October 14, at 7 p.m. The club has several special activities planned to kick off its 21st National Hockey League season, including the return of the Opening Night Plaza Party, presented by Nationwide, and a special tribute to late Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks.
The Plaza Party will take place on the Front Street Plaza beginning at 3 p.m. and will feature music, games, prizes, and beverages. Pepsi products will be available for sampling and guests aged 21 and over can sample mike’s Hard Lemonade products, Athletic Brewing non-alcoholic beer, or stop by the MillerCoors truck to purchase a beverage. All beverages will be available for purchase at select concession stands inside Nationwide Arena.
A central attraction of the annual plaza party is the Nationwide “Blue Carpet” arrival of players. Due to NHL protocols, player arrivals will not be held on Front St., but will be shown on large screens on the plaza and include interviews with select players between 3:30-5 p.m.
Other highlights of the event include live broadcasts starting with Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan’s Common Man & T-Bone show from 3-6 p.m., followed by Bally Sports Ohio’s expanded edition of the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show hosted by Brian Giesenschlag and Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre starting at 6 p.m.
All fans attending the game will receive a 2021-22 schedule magnet courtesy of Nationwide. Arena doors open early at 5:30 p.m. and fans are encouraged to take their seats by 7 p.m. for the Opening Night show featuring individual player introductions.
The Blue Jackets will also honor the memory of goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks, who passed away in July. Members of Matiss’ family, including his mother, stepfather, sister and aunt, will be in attendance and participate in a ceremonial puck drop prior to the game, while a banner featuring his number “80” will be unveiled and remain in the Nationwide Arena rafters for the duration of the 2021-22 season. His number “80” will also be visible in the ice behind both nets for Thursday’s game vs. Arizona and Saturday’s contest vs. Seattle and all Blue Jackets players will wear an “80” sticker on their helmets throughout the season.
Following his passing, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation established the Matiss Kivlenieks Memorial Fund to support youth hockey initiatives in Columbus and his native Latvia. The organization and McConnell family pledged $80,000 to match every donation made to the fund in Matiss’ memory. To date, over $100,000 has been raised. On Opening Night, all CBJ Foundation fundraising activities, including 50/50 Raffle, auction and merchandise sales including official warm up pucks and special “Kivi” hats and t-shirts, will benefit the fund. For more information or to make a contribution, individuals may visit www.BlueJackets.com/Kivi.
Fans may purchase single-game tickets, including to Thursday’s season-opener, at BlueJackets.com and Ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks and The Blue Line, the club’s Official Team Store, located at Nationwide Arena and Polaris Fashion Place.
Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2021-22 campaign are also currently available for purchase. Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting www.BlueJackets.com.
Columbus Hockey is Back
The Columbus Blue Jackets are back for their 2021-2022 season! Head over to Nationwide Arena to cheer them on at their first regular season home game against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, October 14 at 7 p.m. Can’t wait to see the action? Cheer them on at their preseason game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, October 9 at 7 p.m.
Opening Night Plaza Party info can be found here.
Check out the 2021-22 season schedule here.
View Nationwide Arena fan safety guidelines here.
Matchday in Columbus
Root for The Crew at Lower.com Field throughout October at the team’s upcoming home matches:
- October 16, 2021 at 6 p.m. | Columbus Crew vs. Inter Miami CF
- October 23, 2021, at 6 p.m. | Columbus Crew vs. New York Red Bulls
- October 27, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. | Columbus Crew vs. Orlando City SC
View the full 2021 season schedule here.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon
The annual Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon is back! Cheer on runners as they race to the finish line Sunday, October 17 and celebrate 10 years of supporting Nationwide Children’s Hospital. For more information, click here.
A Night Out in Downtown Columbus
With countless performance venues to choose from, the Arena District is the ultimate entertainment destination! Visit the Arena District Events page to stay updated on shows and events coming to Columbus.
Don’t miss these upcoming events:
- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats | Express LIVE! | October 10 | Tickets
- LANY | Express LIVE! | October 14| Tickets
- Gold Over America Tours | Nationwide Arena | October 19 | Tickets
- Twenty-One Pilots – Takeover Tour | Nationwide Arena | October 27 | Tickets
Stay safe and have fun! Concert goers must now provide proof of vaccination when visiting Express LIVE!, A&R Music Bar and The Basement. Click here for more details on PromoWest’s updated health policy.
Highball Halloween at Express LIVE!
Celebrate Halloween like you never have before! Highball Halloween is returning to Columbus on October 23 and this year will be at a new location, Express LIVE! Enjoy a live performance from MojoFlo and the West Family, watch the White Castle Costume Couture Fashion Show, and enter the Out of the Closet Public Costume Contest. Get your tickets here before it’s too late!
Health & Wellness
Fall Into Fitness
Fall is here–and there’s no better time to get active! Group fitness classes are back at the Arena District Athletic Club. Offering a range of options from Total Strength to Zen Yoga, this is a great way to stay fit as temperatures begin to drop and you move your workout indoors. Click here for more information.
Food & Drink
Oktoberfest at BD’s Mongolian Grill
BD’s Mongolian Grill is NOW OPEN in the Arena District! Celebrate Oktoberfest at BD’s with new sausages, cheddar cheese sauce, and $3 Sam Adams pints–the perfect companion for cooler weather and hot stir-fry. Thirsty for more than a pint? Get a 20oz for just $4!
Pumpkin Pancakes are Back
Sunny Street Café’s legendary pumpkin pancakes are back! These delicious flapjacks make for the perfect fall breakfast. Try them with Sunny Street’s tres leches drizzle and cinnamon butter for a mouthwatering flavor to enjoy all month long.
Fall Treats and Live Music
Winans caramel apples–the sweet treat we’ve all been waiting for–are now available! Call into your Grandview location to check inventory in advance, as these favorites will go fast. You can also pop in and spend time inside with your favorite fall coffee. Hurry in soon, they won’t be here long!
You can also join Winans every Friday from 6-9 p.m. starting now until Thanksgiving for a night of live music. This week’s event will feature music from Steve Pratt. Click here for more information.
In the mood for a sweet and savory brunch? Head over to Brekkie Shack and enjoy a variety of deliciously healthy plant-based dishes. The ‘All the Feels Egg Sandwich,’ an egg soufflé served on multigrain bread loaded with bacon, white cheddar, crispy brussel sprouts and maple sauce, is an eggcellent way to start the day!
With three premier sports venues to cheer from and dozens of restaurants and bars nearby, downtown Columbus is the place to be! Live in the heart of all the action. View Arena District apartment offerings by taking a virtual tour on YouTube.
Looking for a more relaxed setting? Get the best of both worlds with Apartments at the Yard. A quick bike ride down the Olentangy Trail, Grandview Yard offers a suburban atmosphere close to the action of the Arena District. Take a virtual tour of the countless apartments available in Grandview Yard here.