|Those visiting Columbus, Ohio, might want to visit Nationwide Arena to see some professional hockey in action. Picking up Columbus Blue Jackets tickets will allow guests to learn more about the relatively young team and the fans who root them on season after season. The Blue Jackets were founded as an expansion team in 2000 and are current members of the Eastern Conference in the NHL.
Ohio experienced a 22 year NHL hockey drought after the Cleveland Barons departed in 1978. Entering into an expansion bid in 1997 lined with promises of a new stadium, Columbus was awarded the team later that year. The team’s title and logos were inspired by the state’s Civil War history. In 2000, with all draft picks completed, the Blue Jackets took to the ice. Losing their first game to the Chicago Blackhawks, the Blue Jackets finished the overall season with a cheerless 28–39–9–6.
In 2002 the team started off the season on a high, coarsely buzzing on the ice and racking up the goals. Fans spirits were lifted and Columbus Blue Jackets tickets were in great demand, even if only temporarily. Unfortunately after their brief uptick, the Blue Jackets returned to their spotty level of play, deflating fan hopes in the process. In a bid to capture their fan base, the franchise brought a hand-made reproduction of a late 19th century cannon into the arena, firing it whenever the team hits the ice at the start of a game, scores a goal or wins the game.
The Blue Jackets may not seem like they pose much of a threat, but that doesn’t mean that their rivalries aren’t intense … after all, it is hockey. Facing off squarely against their foes the Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Redwings, the team sees their competition eye to eye. A decade into their career, the Columbus Blue Jackets had yet to take home a conference or division championship title, much less breathe on the coveted Stanley Cup. Who knows what the future holds when the Blue Jackets finally get on the path to tucking more experience under their helmets. Blue Jackets fans got to see the team head to the big dance during the 2008-09 season, and even though they didn't make it to the Stanley Cup finals, just getting to the playoffs was a big deal.
Yet, over the past few seasons, Blue Jackets fans have had the pleasure of watching some influential skaters take the ice, including Rick Nash, Jack Johnson, Sergei Fedorov and Steve Mason, some of whom helped the team qualify for playoffs for the first time.
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