Columbus Blue Jackets News – 2013 Blue Jackets Updates
Columbus Blue Jackets tickets are currently averaging $78, fourth cheapest in the League and second cheapest in the Metropolitan Division behind Carolina Hurricanes tickets
. Last year at this time, Blue Jackets tickets had a similar price tag at $85. Like most teams, interest in the Blue Jackets fell and so too did ticket prices with the NHL lockout
last year, 16% to be exact to $71. By the start of the 2013 shortened season, Blue Jackets tickets averaged $73. While the price was lower than it had been six months prior, Columbus hockey tickets were up 14% since the 2011-2012 season.
The slight increase in price from last season to now is likely due to the quality of play (the Blue Jackets just missed the 2013 NHL Playoffs via a tiebreaker with the Minnesota Wild) and marquee Divisional matchups. The most expensive game on the Blue Jackets schedule at Nationwide Arena is a late-March matchup Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
, averaging $152. In fact, the three most expensive games in Columbus will be against the Penguins – averaging $135 in November and $128 at the end of the calendar year. Columbus will open the preseason at home against the Penguins where tickets are as low as $13 and average $69, half the cost of the top 3 regular season Blue Jackets games.
The Penguins along with the Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, and Washington Capitals make up the new Metropolitan Division in the Eastern Conference. A must-see NHL game in the Division: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New York Rangers, the return of Rick Nash
. Like the Detroit Red Wings, the Blue Jackets made the jump from the West to the East after the NHL realignment this year.
Recent changes to the Blue Jackets roster include the additions of defenseman David Savard, Mario Gaborik from the New York Rangers, last year’s Vezina trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky and former Boston Bruin Nathan Horton.