Originally posted on Barry Melrose Rocks  |  Last updated 3/10/12




Marilyn Hagerty has risen to recent fame because of her pinpoint review of the new Olive Garden in the Grand Forks, North Dakota. Given her keen eye, there is no shortage of things she can reveiw. Below, you can find her review of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

After a lengthy wait for the NHL in Columbus, season tickets were hard to come by in 2000. The novelty is slowly wearing off, but the steady following attests the warm welcome.

My first visit to Nationwide Arena was during mid season, so I could be sure to get in. After a slow start, I figured a late season resurgence would be fashionable.

The Arena is impressive. It’s fashioned in brick, with a welcoming plaza. There is seating for those who are waiting.

My seats were near the concessions, and I watched the players in blue sweaters, red breezers, white helmets, adorned with the Blue Jackets colorful logo. They were busy at center ice, punching in rebounds and carrying out fast breaks.

It had been a few years since I saw the Red Wings in Detroit, so I studied the rule book, describing icing, offsides, slashing, high sticking and roughing.

At length, I asked my usher what she would recommend. She suggested a program, and I went with that. Instead of the Rick Nash jersey she suggested, I wore a Vyborny.

The Jackets brought the familiar shakey backchecking and yes — several blown defensive asisgnments. Along with it came a two long, arduous penalty kills.

The  lower deck seat ($47.00) was warm and comforting on a cold day. The back rest was generous. My row was ready with cheers.

As I watched, I noticed the seating areas and wraparound scoreboards on the ledges. There are decks with catelevered seating areas. And there is a Jumbotron that adds warmth to the decor.

Nationwide Arena has an attractive pro shop to the right of the entryway. The Arena has a full liquor license and a wine list offering a wide selection to complement watching the Blue Jackets undoubtedly losing another game. Nonalcoholic beverages include coolers, specialty coffees and hot teas.

On a hot summer day, I will try the monster truck rally that was recommended.

There’s a partial season ticket package until early April. with tickets of $35.00 a game.

A hockey stick on the program represents rookie players. There is a Prospect Guide available for fans seeking hope. And for those with no hope, Nationwide Arena has an Exit Signs posted everywhere.

All in all, it is the best and most beautiful skilled hockey team now operating inOhio. It attracts visitors from out of town as well as people who live here.

The Blue Jackets are owned by John P McConnell, who also runs Worthington Industries. There are about 6800 employees, most of whom work in Columbus.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have gained a following since 2000 with its ample available seating and Rick Nash. It’s known for its lack of post season success, flailing regular season and botched first round draft picks.

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