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It’s official: Columbus will host 2013 All-Star Game

Jan 28, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

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After the report came out last night that Columbus would be hosting the 2013 All-Star Game, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made it official today.

The Blue Jackets will play host to the stars next season at Nationwide Arena on January 26 and 27, 2013 bringing Columbus their first All-Star Game and the biggest NHL event in the city since the 2007 NHL Draft.

“We’re looking forward to bringing our All-Star celebration to Columbus,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “The Blue Jackets did a great job of hosting the NHL Draft in 2007, and I have no doubt they will raise the bar even higher when they welcome our All-Star celebration next January.”

After seeing fans in Ottawa stuff the ballot box for the Senators this year, the possibility of seeing guys like Rick Nash, Ryan Johansen and others winding up playing in front of the home fans in Columbus will be curious to see. This is the point in the story where you insert your own snarky quip about this being the first time Columbus gets to see stars on home ice at all.

  1. cowboys282 - Jan 28, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Columbus Ohio in January how lovely. Since 2010 there was Carolina, Ottawa, and now Columbus. The NHL sure knows how to pick em.

  2. canucks18 - Jan 28, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Nash will be gone by the deadline!

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 28, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Wow, really? Has the Commish ever been to Columbus? Outside of OSU, there is no where for tourists to go. This is the problem with Bettman and the rest of the NHL. Trying to expand to non-hockey market. Ottawa is a perfect place to host an ASG weekend. Columbus isn’t.

    • david8067 - Jan 29, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      Please.

      Other than a hockey team with some history of success, what does Ottawa have that Columbus doesn’t? Ottawa is a provicial capitol; Columbus is a state capitol. Both are homes to major universities.

      The only thing Ottawa has that Columbus doesn’t is an arena located out in the middle of nowhere. Unfortunately, Columbus only has an arena situated downtown, serving as the hub of a vibrant entertainment district …

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 29, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        Yea other than a hockey town. That’s completely irrelevant when it comes to the NHL. Good call.

  4. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Jan 28, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    not that big of a deal… it’s for the local fans more than the traveling. I mean honestly, who here has traveled more than 500 miles to see an all-star game???

    Good for Columbus. They need something to cheer about

    signed – Wild fan

  5. cannonblast14 - Jan 28, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    I think people are going to start to realize how good a market Columbus really is. There are actually a lot of fans there, they just need something to cheer for.
    11 years of shitty hockey and they still average just under 15 thousand. Pitt was down to 11 thousand during their long slump.

  6. east96st - Jan 28, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Thanks Gary!! You just set back the fans efforts to get McConnell to improve the Jackets at least five years. Awesome. All-Star weekend = another decade of piss poor hockey in Columbus. That’s a fair trade for the Jacket fans.

    If anyone is planning on coming, book a room right by Nationwide. Construction on the highways and exits means a traffic nightmare for you unless you know exactly where you’re going with all the detours. Even then, sometimes you’ll just sit in park while the poor sap in front of you tries to figure out which detour he needs to take. BTW- weather wise, it will either be raining or snowing, so don’t plan on taking “lovely walks” around town. Food and nightlife is definitely below average for a city that’s in the top 20 population wise. You can get hammered pretty easily both inside and outside of Nationwide.

  7. takingbovadasmoney - Jan 28, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Bovada just set the over/under on players skipping next years all star game at 15……

  8. jakpsu1 - Jan 28, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Works out great for me, I’ve been living in the Raleigh area the last few years and was able to attend the events from last years. I’ll be moving to the Columbus area in a couple weeks, so I’ll be able to attend next years

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