Jacket Backers Rewards


Next Planning Meeting



Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 6:30pm

LOCATION: Gahanna Grill, 82 Granville St. Gahanna, OH 43230

RSVP please to Dave at vice_president@jacketbackers.org 

so we can save you a seat.



Membership Update

2015-16 Membership as of 04/13/2016

624 (153 New and 471 Renewals)

1,882 Subscribers to our Email List

Membership Benchmarks

718 Members 2014 - 15 Season

758 Members 2013 - 14 Season

539 Members 2012 - 13 Season

549 Members 2011 - 12 Season

335 Members 2010 - 11 Season

Search Jacketbackers.org
Content Filter
Twitter Feed
At Nationwide Arena

Stop by the Jacket Backers Table at Every Home Game!

It is usually located behind section 116, near the escalator from the McConnell Street Entrance, but may be relocated on a game-by-game basis at the Jackets' request.  Feel free to stop by at any game with your questions, comments or just to see what is going on with the Jacket Backers.

Community Power Play

$1505 Raised in the 2015-2016 Season for The Blue Jackets Foundation #CommunityPowerPlay Goal!

 The Jacket Backers will again team up with the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation to present our 3rd ANNUAL COMMUNITY POWER PLAY!!   For each Power Play Goal scored by the Blue Jackets, the Jacket Backers will make a donation to the Blue Jackets Foundation – and we’d love it if you’d join us and match!  Use the donation button below to show your support and Celebrate Life and Hockey.

For the first PP Goal scored in each game, we will donate $20 to the Foundation, for the second PP Goal we will donate $40 more, for the third PP Goal we will donate $60 more and so on. If a PP goal turns out to be our game winner, we will add another $100 to the Foundation.  Help us celebrate the joy of scoring more power play goals!

Philadelphia Bus Trip 2014

Like us on Facebook!
Recent Headlines from CBJ-Focused Blogs

USA vs. Canada Game Watching Party This Sunday, February 21st!

USA vs. Canada Game Watching Party

When: Sunday, February 21, 2010

Where: Buffalo Wings & Rings (8661 Columbus Pike (Rt 23), Lewis Center, OH 43035)

              Menu can be viewed at www.buffalowingsandrings.com/menu.html

Time7:40pm - Drop of the Puck - you may want to arrive early to get a good seat and enjoy some delicious food!

Who: All Olympic Hockey Fans

What: Game watching party to cheer Team USA to victory, while cheering on Rick Nash of Team Canada (and Associate Coach Ken Hitchcock)

Add'l Info: Door Prizes to be given away the night of the event

Reminder: Please consider donating to our Virtual Food Drive for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank on our website, or you can make a cash donation at the party!  100% of all donations will provide food for people in need in the Central and Eastern Ohio areas.  Just $1 will provide 2 meals.  Thank you for helping us to feed hungry people in our own neighborhoods.  We are $200 short of our season goal of $500; every little bit can make a difference!


Sweden CBJ Tickets Already On Sale! - UPDATED INFORMATION


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!




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


106 40 Stockholm




Ticnet AB

Box 450

573 25 Tranås

Kind Regards

Mona Nilsson


  - 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.





Jacket Backers Trek to Cleveland for AHL Showdown










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.


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.


Arch Madness @ Garage Bar - FREE KOOZIES

Join Archie and the Jacket Backers

at the Garage Bar

For Arch Madness

Friday, Feb. 13th from 5-7

Members receive a free PBR tallboy beer koozie.

What a great way to get ready to smash the Red Wings than joining Arch Madness at the Garage Bar before the game.  Archie and QFM96 always have great prizes.  The Garage Bar has great food and drinks.  Jacket Backers Members will receive a free 24 ounce beer koozie.

Join us for food, drinks and fun and all Jacket Backer Members will go to the game a winner!


Rally Columbus!

Please join Forward Together Columbus for a pre game rally in support of the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Arena District

Thursday, February 4, 2010
5 pm until game time
R Bar in The Arena District
413 N. Front Street



In addition the Jacket Backers will be offering raffle tickets to win a team signed street banner from last years playoffs.
Columbus' #1 Hockey Bar - hockey themed year round - The RBar has great game day drink specials and now has food available - their kitchen is open daily at 10:30 am.



Game Watching Party - Saturday at The Garage Bar

Columbus Blue Jackets Official Viewing Party Location

with Additional Prizes Provided by the Jacket Backers

this Saturday Night, 1/30 at The Garage Bar!


The Garage Bar is located at 147 Vine Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Puck drops at 8 pm.  Come hungry and enjoy delicious 25 cent wings on special during the game, and stay later to enjoy the Saturday night nightlife if you like!  In arena host Mike Todd or Greg Murray will be in attendance, along with the Blue Jackets Street Team and Stinger.  The Jackets will be giving away a pair of tickets to an upcoming game and an autographed jersey along with other fun giveaways, and you can sign up for a chance to win season tickets for next year's season.  The Jacket Backers will be giving away additional door prizes and selling raffle tickets for $5 each for your chance to win a 2008-2009 Team Signed March On Street Banner!  Drawing to be held on February 4, 2010.  Proceeds benefit the Jacket Backers Booster Club and other non-profit organizations.  You do not need to be present to win.  See a Jacket Backers Officer at the party or sometime soon to purchase your tickets!





Call to Action - Please Help Solve the Arena Lease Issue

We have all heard about the Arena Lease Issue, now is your chance to help!  We encourage everyone to go to www.forwardtogethercolumbus.org to sign their petition.  By signing this petition you are letting our government and civic leaders know that we are counting on them to solve this issue.

We would also ask for your help and encourage you to talk with your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers about this issue.  We are hockey fans - we get it.  It is our job to help get the message out to others who may not look under the surface and understand everything that the Columbus Blue Jackets, Nationwide Arena, and the Arena District has brought to our broader community.

The Message of Forward Together Columbus is that "It's not just about hockey".  The economic impact of the Arena District is amazing.  This impact reaches far beyond the Arena District and very deeply into our community.

In 2oo8, the Arena District provided $29.6 million to our state and local governments and it is estimated to grow to $60.7 million per year over the next ten years.  These are dollars that would have to be raised elsewhere or cut from the budgets of state and local governments if it wasn't for the Arena District. (source: the Buser Report)

Among its many accomplishments, The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation has donated over $2.3 million dollars to local charities.  Without the Blue Jackets, the Foundation, these donations would disappear.  (source: Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation website)

The Columbus Blue Jackets' players and coaches make over 300 public appearances annually in support of local organizations.  The financial impact and additional awareness for these organizations is immeasurable.  But again, the impact is far beyond the borders of the Arena District and improves the larger community.  (source: Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation website)

Volunteers that work the concessions at Nationwide Arena have raised over $500,000 for the organizations they represent in the greater Columbus area.  These organizations are often church groups, little league baseball teams, youth dance troupes, school organizations...

These are only a couple of the countless examples of how having a professional sports team in our town has benefitted the larger community.  It does not begin to measure the economic impact that is coming into our community from tourists that have made the Arena District their destination, from near and far.  It is impossible to quantify the increased awareness of Columbus Ohio on a national level due to the exposure of a major sports franchise and the increased tourism generated.

It is obvious to us, the fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets, that it is not just about hockey.  So please, take a few minutes to sign the petition at www.forwardtogethercolumbus.org.  Take the time to talk with your neighbors and friends about the great things that have been brought to Columbus along with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Columbus Blue Jackets provide an anchor tenant for Nationwide Arena.  Nationwide Arena is the fuel for the economic engine of the Arena District.  The Arena District's economic impact enriches everyone's life in the Greater Columbus Community.  IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT HOCKEY!


Important Links

Columbus Together

The Petition

The Buser Report

Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation

Nationwide Arena Fund Raising

CBJ in the Community

Economic Facts and Figures

  • 170 businesses operate in the Arena District
  • Nearly 5,500 people are employed in the Arena District
  • Nearly $350 million are earned by employees in the Arena District
  • $29.6 million in tax revenue generated in the Arena District in 2008 - projected to grow to $60.7 million annually over the next ten years
  • Since 1998 property values in the Arena District have risen 267%
  • Countless lives improved through Hats for Heroes and Hockey Fights Cancer Programs
  • Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation has donated $2.3 million to local charities
  • Immeasurable impact of the growth of youth hockey leagues providing safe and healthy  recreation for our children.
  • 1999:  150 youth, 350 registered adult hockey players in Columbus area; 1 high school program
  • 2009:  4500 youth, 1500 adult registered players; 17 high school programs with 27 varsity, jv or club teams




On Air Live - The Coach's Show from the RBar

 The Coach's Show with Ken Hitchcock On Air Live from The RBar Arena

Wednesday - January 27th - 6:00pm
The CBJ Coach's Show will be broadcast live from the Rbar with Jeff Rimer and Coach Hitchcock!!  The show airs from 6:00 to 7:00 pm Wednesdays.  Audience members will have a chance to ask questions of the coach.
In addition the Jacket Backers will be giving away door prizes and offering raffle tickets to win a team signed street banner from last years playoffs.
The RBar now has food available as their kitchen is open daily at 10:30 am.
Get there early to get a seat and think up the clever question that will get you on the air!



We Need Your Help! Sign Up Today to Donate Blood in February!

The Jacket Backers are coordinating a blood drive!
(Possible dates/time: February 20th or February 27th from 10am-3pm) 
We need at least 25 people to sign up so we can make it happen!
Are you or your friends and family interested in donating with us?
If so, please provide your name and phone number to Kelly Patterson at community_service@jacketbackers.org by Friday, January 22, 2010.
More details to follow once the drive is confirmed. Please contact Kelly with any questions.