Last night the NHL announced that Columbus will host the 2015 All-Star Game. This came as no surprise to hockey fans. Columbus was supposed to host the 2013 festivities, but the game was cancelled due to the shortened lockout season. This year there won’t be a game because NHL players will be participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (On a side note, I am so looking forward to cheering on Team USA. Expect some serious blogging during the Games.)
It’s only right that Columbus finally gets its chance to welcome all of the league’s best players for a weekend of skills challenges and many, many goals. I live just a few hours away from Columbus, and I’m always intrigued by their fanbase. In theory, Columbus should be the perfect place for a hockey team. It’s located between Pittsburgh and Detroit – two cities obsessed with their hockey teams. However, Columbus has never quite reached that level of fanaticism for the Blue Jackets.
I think part of the reason is because people in Columbus are so wildly in love with the Ohio State Buckeyes. It’s a big city, but there almost isn’t enough room for any sports love beyond the scarlet and gray. Which is a shame, because the Blue Jackets seem to run a pretty genuine organization. And their social media team is hilarious. Seriously, follow them on twitter at @BlueJacketsNHL.
With the 2015 All-Star weekend in a city that’s so easy to get to from both Pittsburgh and Detroit, I’m curious to see which jerseys show up most in the crowd. At last night’s Blue Jackets vs Penguins game in Columbus, Twitter was buzzing with news that the Penguins faithful were taking over Nationwide Arena.
I hope I’ll be able to make it down that weekend. Even if I can’t get tickets to the game, I would love to be in the city, surrounded by so many other hockey fans. I went to the 2011 All-Star Fan Festival in Raleigh, and it was an absolute blast. Plus, Lord Stanley will be in attendance. I’ll take any chance I can get to see him.