Columbus is host to the National Hockey League All Star game this week-end. The NHL showcase will bring thousands fans and visitors to the city as well as international media attention.
Jackets Fans Wait For ‘Last-Minute’ Tickets
The Blue Jackets host Pittsburgh, Monday, at Nationwide Arena in game three of the first round play-off series. Die-hard fans began to line up at the arena shortly before 6 a.m. for last-minute tickets that go on-sale at 5 o’clock.
David DiAngelis is about sixth in line for tickets. He shuffles cards at a small folding table with four other men sitting in line. Theyâ€™re playing cards and checkers to pass the time.
DiAngelis said he thinks the Blue Jackets have the momentum, coming off a win over the weekend, to bring home a â€œW.â€
â€œI expect it to be a really, really hard fought game,” he said. “I think weâ€™ll come out at least a goal or two ahead, like 3-2. I think itâ€™s going to be hard defense. Itâ€™s going to be a lot of hits.â€
Much further down the line, a Pittsburgh fan disagreed. Ryan Cieply, of Columbus, wore the lone Penguins T-shirt among his friends.
â€œIâ€™m thinking [the final score] is going to be 3-2. Two minutes left in the period weâ€™re going to score the winner, 3-2,â€ Cieply laughed as his friends heckled him, all in good fun.
Jackets fan Jami Gleisinger sat in line in a folding chair. She took the day off work to get the last-minute seats. Gleisinger arrived at 9 a.m. And like other Jackets fans, sheâ€™s pumped for the game.
â€œItâ€™s going to be crazy. Itâ€™s going to be electric in there,” Gleisinger said. “It really is. I think weâ€™re going to take this one. Weâ€™re home. We won game two in double overtime. I think we got this.â€
The game begins at 7 p.m. This is first time in five years playoff hockey returns to Columbus.
The Jackets tied the series at one game apiece with a double-overtime victory in Pittsburgh Saturday.