Columbus Blue Jackets fan Matt Pfeffer was standing in the Arena District in downtown Columbus at 5:15 a.m.Saturday morning, holding a full-size American flag.
Pfeffer wanted to be first in line at the local hockey bar, R-Bar, for the planned viewing party of the 7:30 a.m. Olympic hockey match between Team USA and Team Russia.
"We are becoming a real hockey town and we're showing it by everything we're doing," Pfeffer said.
Pfeffer wasn't the only person waiting in line. Before the doors opened at 7 a.m., fans were lined up in the hundreds to get in, waiting outside in temperatures that hovered around twenty degrees.
"I got here before the game started, and I still ended up watching the entire first period from outside," said Blue Jackets fan TJ Nocar.
Mike Darr, owner of R-Bar and their partner restaurant, Three Legged Mare, which was also open for game watching, estimated there was a crowd of over 300 people in each restaurant. The turnout was even better than organizers had expec...