COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health and the Columbus Blue Jackets announced that fans will be allowed back at Nationwide Arena starting on March 2.
“The Blue Jackets would like to thank Governor DeWine, the Ohio Department of Health and Columbus Public Health for working with us over the past several weeks on a plan to allow our fans to return to Nationwide Arena,” said club President Mike Priest.
Only 1,953 fans, or 10% capacity, will be allowed to attend each game.
Current season ticket holders will receive priority access to tickets through pre-sales starting on Tuesday, Feb 23.
There will be a number of protocols in place for fans attending games:Prior to entering Nationwide Arena, all fans must complete an online check-in questionnaire to be cleared for entry.
Face masks will be required for all guests (ages 2 and over) and must be worn at all times unless actively eating or drinking in your seats. Gaiters, bandanas or masks with vents will NOT be permitted. Masks must fully cover the nose and mouth and fit securely under the chin.
All seats will be grouped in “seating pods” separated by a minimum distance of 6-feet.
All tickets will be distributed via digital/mobile means as all paper tickets and season ticket holder pass cards have been eliminated.
All ticketing, concessions and merchandise will be cashless. Purchases can be made with a debit card or credit card. Reverse ATM’s (no fee cash to credit exchange) have been installed within the arena.
Bags are not permitted with exceptions made for medical bags, diaper bags or clutches no larger than 8”x 5”x 1.”
Per NHL guidelines, the first four rows around the rink, as well as a 12-foot safe zone from player benches, Zamboni tunnels and penalty boxes have been removed from available seating for safety purposes.
There will be no designated smoking areas at Nationwide Arena this season.
Arena District Parking will limit garages for event parking and all garages will be cashless and require a pre-purchased parking pass.
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You can hear all the action of the games on the radio flagship of the Columbus Blue Jackets, 97.1 The Fan.