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Monday
Sep122011

Nashville Trip - Demand Keeps Growing - Still Room For You!

Contact us today to secure your seat!

We're headed to Music City on November 19th to beat the Preds and heading home the next day after painting the town BLUE during our victory celebration.  Trip Package Includes:

  • Deluxe motor coach travel to/from Nashville!
  • Club level ticket!
  • Hotel accommodations within walking distance of Bridgestone Arena - just .26 (Hampton) or .33 (Best Western) miles away!
  • Both Hotels have free internet!
  • Hampton Inn has swimming pool, hot tub and exercise room!
  • Free breakfast Sunday morning with hotel accommodations!
  • Music City Road Trip T-Shirt! designed by @cbjTheHelmet!
  • Snacks, refreshments, giveaways and raffle on bus! Click Here for our Growing List of Sponsors and Prizes!
  • Light the Lamp! is working on a special early morning surprise!
  • Video entertainment courtesy of SKraut!
  • A chance to sit with at least 120 Blue Jackets Fans in Nashville!  We have 200 tickets reserved!
  • "Tickets Only" option available for just $60 each tickets (for members, $85 non-members)!

Demand for our bus trip to Nashville has simply been off the chart.  It is already the biggest Jacket Backers road trip we can remember.  But that isn't enough.  The 2nd bus is full, training camp hasn't opened yet.  So let's see if we can fill that third bus.  Even if demand merits, we do not believe we will be able to secure a fourth bus, hotel accommodations and tickets for a fourth bus.  That means when this bus is full, there will be no more bus seats available to get to Nashville.  Bottom Line - Sign Up Today!

Trip cost starts at $225 each for members in club level based on 2 people per room.  Non-members pay $250, so you may as well join us now - you know you've wanted to.  The member price for a private room is $300 each, for 3 to a room - $205 each, for 4 to a room - $190 each.  Non-members add $25 per person.

This is an age 21-and-over trip.  Adult beverages in moderation are permitted on the bus.

While in Nashville or after the trip, you will want to show off your Jacket Backers Road Trip T-shirt featuring the awesome Music City trip logo styling courtesy of @cbjTheHelmet.  T-shirts are included in the bus package, available with a "Tickets Only" purchase for $10 each or individually for $15.

We're leaving C-BUS on the bus early am (7:00ish); will make a lunch stop and a few rest/smoke breaks and arrive in Nashville approximately 3pm local.  Once checked in you are free to explore and see the sights in the city!  (Don't miss Tootsie's Orchid Lounge.)  Game time is 7 pm local; after our postgame celebration, enjoy your overnight stay and we'll see you in the morning to depart 10 - 11ish local.  We should be back in Columbus by 7 - 8 pm on Sunday.

Busses 1 and 2 will be staying at the Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Nashville.  Bus 3 will be staying at the Best Western Downtown Convention Center.  The hotels are approximately a half mile apart.

We are accepting $100 deposits NOW to secure your seat; First Paid First Reserved - total balance due by October 19, 2011.

To save your seats today, make payment arrangements or request additional information, email us at travel@jacketbackers.org. 

To make a payment, mail us a check or money order to:

Jacket Backers Booster Club
PO Box 82589
Columbus, OH  43202

Or pay via PayPal below.  Thanks for traveling with the Jacket Backers to support our team! 

For PayPal payment, select desired option from dropdown list and then click on Buy Now to pay; you can then edit your quantity if purchasing more than one seat.

Nashville Road Trip 11/19/2011

Thursday
Sep082011

Q: What is Bigger Than Two Busses??

A:  The number of people that want to go to Nashville with the Jacket Backers!

Q:  What do you do when your 2nd Bus almost sells out in 10 days?

A:  You call and get a third bus!

Q:   What do you do when your hotel says it can't sell you any more rooms?

A:  You call another hotel and get rooms there!

That's right, The Jacket Backers have lined up a 3rd bus to go to Nashville on 11/19!

Q:  So what do we need now?

A:  We need you to sign up now and fill up that 3rd bus!

Q:  But what if you don't want to/can't go on the bus?

A:  You purchase a ticket in our block and cheer our team to victory!

Q:  But what if you can't go to Nashville?

A:  You scream at the television, "LET'S GO JACKETS"!

 

*****UPDATE 9/12/11:  The 2nd bus is sold out.  We have all of the pieces in place to add a third bus.  We are currently taking deposits to commit to a third bus.  Due to the demand for our trip, we couldn't get any more rooms at the Hampton Inn and Suites but have reserved enough rooms at the Best Western to accommodate the 3rd bus.  The Best Western is also walkable to the arena and Broadway (.33 miles).  END OF UPDATE *******

You can read about the full trip details below.  "Tickets only" are $60 each.

To save your seats today, make payment arrangements or request additional information, email us at travel@jacketbackers.org

To make a payment, mail us a check or money order to:

Jacket Backers Booster Club
PO Box 82589
Columbus, OH  43202

 

Or pay via PayPal below.  Thanks for traveling with the Jacket Backers to support our team!

Nashville Road Trip 11/19/2011

 

Tuesday
Sep062011

The Jackets Go to Detroit - We Go to Detroit

 

 

Friday, October 21

7:30 pm

 

 

 

UPDATED 10/6/11 - When finalizing our ticket order, we increased our block from 20 to 40 tickets.  Our correct section number is 226B - Not 228B.  Since finalizing our order we have had a few people sign up and a few people drop out.  We currently have 24 commited to go plus a few "planning on going." 

Bottom Line - There are still 12-16 tickets left, which means there is still room for you!

It's the first of six meetings with that team up north. It's a Friday evening. So why not knock off work a little early and head on up to Detroit. Maybe get there in time to stop by the Anchor Bar for a little pre-game snack.

The Jacket Backers have secured a block of 40 tickets in Section 226 B, Rows 7-11 of Joe Louis Arena for this Friday Night Matchup. Tickets are only $50 for members ($60 for non-members) and have a face value of $60.

Contact Dan at travel@jacketbackers.org for additional information or to reserve your seat. Purchase your tickets ASAP - first come first served.

You may also purchase your tickets by mailing us a check or money order to:

Jacket Backers Booster Club
PO Box 82589
Columbus, OH 43202

Or pay via PayPal below. Thanks for traveling with the Jacket Backers to support our team!

Detroit 10/21/11 - Tickets Only

 

Thursday
Sep012011

Nashville - The 2nd Bus is a Go!

Due to popular demand - We're Gonna Need a Bigger Bus!

But since we couldn't find a double decker, we'll just take 2 busses!

*****UPDATE 9/12/11:  The 2nd bus is sold out.  We have all of the pieces in place to add a third bus.  We are currently taking deposits to commit to a third bus.  Due to the demand for our trip, we couldn't get any more rooms at the Hampton Inn and Suites but have reserved enough rooms at the Best Western to accommodate the 3rd bus.  The Best Western is also walkable to the arena and Broadway (.33 miles).  END OF UPDATE *******

Thank you to those that have already placed deposits, we have enough Jacket Backers committed to about half fill the 2nd bus.  In addition to the deposits we have received, we have also received a number of inquiries about the trip and are confident the 2nd bus will fill up quickly.  So, if you haven't reserved your seat, please do so today. 

You can read about the full trip details below.  And don't forget, if the bus trip doesn't work for you, we are also offering "tickets only" for $60 each.

To save your seats today, make payment arrangements or request additional information, email us at travel@jacketbackers.org

To make a payment, mail us a check or money order to:

Jacket Backers Booster Club
PO Box 82589
Columbus, OH  43202

 

Or pay via PayPal below.  Thanks for traveling with the Jacket Backers to support our team!

Nashville Road Trip 11/19/2011

Monday
Aug222011

We're On The Road Again! Nashville Trip Details At Last!

Contact us today to secure your seat!

We're headed to Music City on November 19th to beat the Preds and heading home the next day after painting the town BLUE during our victory celebration.  Trip Package Includes:

  • Deluxe motor coach travel to/from Nashville!
  • Club level ticket!
  • Hotel accommodations within walking distance of Bridgestone Arena - just .26 or .33 miles away!
  • Both Hotels have free internet.
  • Hampton Inn has swimming pool, hot tub and exercise room!
  • Free breakfast Sunday morning with hotel accommodations!
  • Music City Road Trip T-Shirt!
  • Snacks, refreshments, giveaways and raffle on bus!
  • Lower bowl seat upgrade for $25 - limited availability!

*****UPDATE 9/12/11:  The 2nd bus is sold out.  We have all of the pieces in place to add a third bus.  We are currently taking deposits to commit to a third bus.  Due to the demand for our trip, we couldn't get any more rooms at the Hampton Inn and Suites but have reserved enough rooms at the Best Western to accommodate the 3rd bus.  The Best Western is also walkable to the arena and Broadway (.33 miles).  END OF UPDATE *******

Trip cost starts at $225 for members in club level based on 2 people per room.  Non-members pay $250, so you may as well join us now - you know you've wanted to.  Lower bowl cost for members is $250; with non-member surcharge is $275.  This is an age 21-and-over trip.

We're leaving C-BUS on the bus early am (7:00ish); will make a lunch stop and a few rest/smoke breaks and arrive in Nashville approximately 3pm local.  Once checked in you are free to explore and see the sights in the city!  (Don't miss Tootsie's Orchid Lounge.)  Game time is 7 pm local; after our postgame celebration, enjoy your overnight stay and we'll see you in the morning to depart 10 - 11ish local.  We should be back in Columbus by 7 - 8 pm on Sunday.

We are accepting $100 deposits NOW to secure your seat; First Paid First Reserved - total balance due by October 19, 2011.

UPDATE - We have added a ticket only option for those of you who have already made travel arrangements.  Tickets are $60 for members or $85 for non-members.  The tickets are in Club Level Sections 222 and 223 and have a face value of $67 if purchased from the Nashville Box Office.

To save your seats today, make payment arrangements or request additional information, email us at travel@jacketbackers.org. 

To make a payment, mail us a check or money order to:

Jacket Backers Booster Club
PO Box 82589
Columbus, OH  43202

 

Or pay via PayPal below.  Thanks for traveling with the Jacket Backers to support our team! 

 

For PayPal payment, select desired option from dropdown list and then click on Buy Now to pay; you can then edit your quantity if purchasing more than one seat.

Nashville Road Trip 11/19/2011

Monday
Aug152011

Nashville Trip Update - Ticket Only Option Now Available

While we are still focusing on the bus trip, we have heard from many members that they were already targeting a Nashville victory on November 19.  And frankly, who wouldn't want to be there to see that?  Many have already made travel arrangements, others want to be there more than one night.  You spoke, we listened.  We now have a total of 90 tickets in Nashville, including a block of 80 tickets in Club Level Sections 222 and 223 and an additional 10 tickets in the Lower Bowl Section 115 (only 1 Lower Bowl seat remaining).  So that will leave 44 tickets available as "Tickets Only".  Tickets are $60 for members and $85 for non-members (that's right, it would be much cheaper to join for $10).

So however you get to Nashville, you'll be able to celebrate breaking that string of bad luck with friendly fans.

Contact travel@jacketbackers.org today to make arrangements to purchase your tickets or bus package as both options are going fast.  The bus is almost halfway full and a bunch of ticket only options were snapped up at Cannonfest.  And also a reminder to those of you that are doing the math and know that you can probably drive to Nashville and split a room for less money - don't forget to add in the cost of a chauffeur to make it a fair comparison.  And the bus ride is kind of like a 6 hour mini Cannonfest of its own.

For PayPal payment, select desired option from dropdown list and then click on Buy Now to pay; you can then edit your quantity if purchasing more than one seat.

Nashville Road Trip 11/19/2011
Wednesday
Oct272010

Interested in Traveling to See Your Columbus Blue Jackets on the Road??

Our travel group is working diligently to put together some travel packages for upcoming road games.
 
Lake Erie Monsters (vs. Toronto) - Friday, November 19, 2010 at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland OH at 7:30pm EST.  This will be a tickets only trip!
 
Detroit Red Wings - Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 7:00pm EST.  This will be a tickets only trip.  Price to be announced at a later time.
 
Pittsburgh Penguins - Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:00pm EST.  This will be a tickets only trip.  Price is $135.00 (per ticket, not including any possible fees).
 
Nashville Predators - Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 3:00pm EST.  This will be a tickets only trip, with a possible hotel discount for Saturday night.  Price to be announced at a later time.
 
Carolina Hurricanes - Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 7:00pm EST.  This will be Bus Trip (includes: Bus fees, hotel and ticket).  Price to be announced at a later time.  Please note: This is a 21 and over trip!
 
Washington Capitals - Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 7:00pm EST.  This will be a tickets only trip, with a possible hotel discount for Thursday night.  Price to be announced at a later time.
 
If you are interested in any of these road trips, please send an email to travel@jacketbackers.org.  Please include your name, phone number and the number of desired tickets.  Tickets may be limited for some of the road trips, so get your name on the list early!  In addition, we will have a sign-up sheet available for each road trip at our table in Nationwide Arena, behind section 115 starting Thursday, October 28, 2010.
Friday
Feb192010

Sweden CBJ Tickets Already On Sale! - UPDATED INFORMATION

 ***PLEASE NOTE - THIS STORY INCLUDES UPDATED INFORMATION ON OBTAINING TICKETS, ALSO CBJ ARE PLANNING A TRAVEL PACKAGE FOR PSL/SEASON TICKET HOLDERS.  ADDITIONAL INFO IS BELOW THE ORIGINAL STORY, WHICH APPEARS IN ITS ENTIRETY.***

A number of you have been talking about and asking about traveling to the Jackets Season Opener in Sweden this October.  The Jackets will face the San Jose Sharks at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday, October 8th and Saturday, October 9th, 2010.  Click here for more information from the NHL on the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere.
 
I had spoken to the Blue Jackets when the dates of the games were officially announced inquiring about ticket availability and seeing if there would be any way for us to get group tickets.  I was advised that most of the tickets would be handled by local promoters and that each team would be given a small allotment, and that they did not have any information on tickets to share.  I was then advised that if they received any information about ticket availability, that they would be sure to share it with us.  The event has been planned and promoted by the league rather than the individual teams.
 
One of our club members has since advised me that tickets actually went on sale in Sweden for the games starting Thursday night.
At the advice of our contact at the Jackets, I have attempted to contact the NHL League Offices to inquire about obtaining tickets and wound up having to leave a message for someone without receiving a reply on Friday.  I will continue to try to contact them, but it doesn't look like they really want to help us with this.
 
Therefore, if you are planning on going to Sweden, it looks like your best bet may be to try to purchase tickets through Ticketmaster Sweden.  The lowest priced tickets start at around $100 U.S. dollars each with current conversion rates.
My husband Brian and I attempted to purchase tickets on the site using our debit card, though, and were unsuccessful; the system did not recognize our card number as a valid card number.  I do not know if it was because it was a Master Card branded debit card rather than a credit card, or if there is something about a U.S. issued card that would not work on the site.  I have never traveled outside the U.S. and Canada so I unfortunately don't have experience dealing with credit card usage outside the North American area.
 
Please email me at president@jacketbackers.org if you have been successful in purchasing tickets through the site, or if you have any tips on what might work.  You should act soon if you are interested in going; apparently last year's game sold out in an hour.  This year's games are not moving as quickly, and tickets are still available as of this moment.
Also, if you are planning on going to Sweden and would like to be in contact with other Jacket Backers that are planning to go, shoot me an email and I will share your info with each other.  Not sure yet if Brian and I will be able to make it, but we would sure love to!
 

 

***UPDATES ON SWEDEN TRIP:

 

For those of you interested in the trip to Sweden to follow the Jackets for their season opener, please read more below:

I have learned from CBJ season sales account executives that the CBJ is now working on a ticket and travel package trip to be offered to PSL/Season Ticket Holders.  No information on travel dates, details on what all is included, or pricing yet available.  Package details most likely will be released along with ticket renewal packages, which will be sent at the end of this month.  The Jackets are offering only a total travel package, so any travelers who are seeking tickets only must purchase them directly from Ticketmaster Sweden/TicNet.  If I am able to learn more details before the trip package is released to the PSL/Season Ticket Holders, I will be sure to pass them along.

 

TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLY - I have received information from two members on how to accomplish this.  We have learned that Ticketmaster Sweden/TicNet will not accept US credit cards of any kind as payment for the tickets.  The only method of payment is through a bank wire payment method, which will be detailed below.  Here are details on the purchasing experiences of the members for your information.  Also, I received some tips on using bank check cards at ATMs while out of country from another member, and will include that below as well.  Thank you so much to those of you who have shared your tips and experiences - I really appreciate it and I'm sure the other interested members will too.  I have learned a lot of helpful information.  Good luck planning your trips and I hope to see some of you there! - Julie Maurer

 

**Member Experience 1 while getting tickets:

I was able to obtain tickets for the October 8th and 9th Bluejackets - Sharks game in Stockholm, but it wasn't easy.  Here is the only way according to Ticketmaster Sweden or TicNet that you can get tickets in the US.

1.) Call Ticketmaster Sweden or TicNet at 011 46 771 707070. Push 9 for English language and wait for a customer service representative.  I had to wait 5 - 10 minutes before they answered.

2.) Order your tickets.  It would be smart to go out to the www.ticnet.se and find out what ticket prices are and what ticket sections you would like to have. Once you have done this with the TicNet customer service representative, he/she will give you a Booking #, Swift Code, Ibank#, the ticket total amount in Swedish Krones and the Sweden bank name and location information for you to wire the money to.  You will have to go to your bank with the above information and wire the amount to this bank.  TicNet will hold your ticket order for you for 1-2 days before letting the tickets go.

3.) The Booking # is your order number for your tickets and that number must be on the wire along with the Swift Code, Ibank#, Sweden Bank Name/Address, TicNet Name/Address information and your name and mailing shipping address.

I used my local First Merit Bank on Sawmill Road and they seemed to know how to do this without too much of a problem.

   

**Member Experience 2 while getting tickets:

I called Tic.net in Sweden.  They cannot take US cc's even on the phone.  BUT, they took a reservation by phone, and I have to go to my bank and make a payment bank to bank, which we are doing today.

Phone #   +46771707070 , be prepared to wait.  Took me 20+ minutes to get to an operator.   Tho, I use skype, so it was only a 1.50 call.

 

  - He received the following info back from Ticnet:

Please can you send me back information about your address.

Pay SEK latest February 17 and we will send you the tickets as soon as we have received your money. You also have to write your booking number,  your name and address.

Bank: 5291-1006135

Swiftcode; ESSESESS

SEB

106 40 Stockholm

Sweden

 

Receiver:                            

Ticnet AB

Box 450

573 25 Tranås

Kind Regards

Mona Nilsson

Ticnet

  - He has since completed the transaction at his bank and is very excited about the upcoming trip!

 

**Member Tips on Using Bank Check Cards out of Country

My husband and I are international travelers and there is no problem using a bank check card (with the VISA logo) to get money out of the ATM. (We have always used major credit cards in stores & restaurants though). You get the most current currency conversion rate. It is a pain to carry traveler's checks. I am not sure if it is the same with a check card with the MASTERCARD logo. Also, VISA is accepted in more places than MASTERCARD is. The suggestion to let your bank know your dates of travel is very helpful so they don't block any charges.

 

 

 

Monday
Feb152010

Jacket Backers Trek to Cleveland for AHL Showdown

UPDATE - TICKET REQUEST DEADLINE - THURSDAY 2/18 AT NOON!

 

 

 

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Travel to Cleveland to see the CBJ's AHL affiliate take on Ohio's own Lake Erie Monsters.

Friday, February 26, 2010 - 7:30 PM

Tickets Only Package of $26 per member and $36 for non-members.

Car pool/caravan opportunities may be available, depending upon number of participants.

Join us for some spirited AHL hockey and the chance to see some future CBJ stars in action.

Click here to download an order form or contact travel@jacketbackers.org to reserve your ticket.

Sunday
Feb142010

Journey To An Arena Far, Far Away to Watch an Epic Battle!

Saturday, March 20, 2010 7:00 PM

Sommet Center - Nashville, TN

The Force will be with all of us, as we travel to Nashville to support our Jackets as they battle the Predators (aka Darth Vader).

This is a Tickets Only event, though we may be able to offer a hotel discount (still working on that) at a hotel near the Sommet Center.

$65 for Members - $85 for Non-Members

To reserve your seats or for further information contact Jeff or Anne at travel@jacketbackers.org.