Columbus Blue Jackets to restrict attendance due to coronavirus

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UPDATE: The National Hockey League announced Thursday it is suspending the season.

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Columbus Blue Jackets will play games without fans present until further notice.

The team released the following statement:

The Columbus Blue Jackets are aware of Governor DeWine’s announcement today that an order prohibiting mass gatherings in the state of Ohio is forthcoming. We have been in contact with the National Hockey League regarding this matter and will abide by the state’s mandate. Remaining home games while the order is in effect, including tomorrow vs. Pittsburgh, will be played as scheduled, but with restricted attendance in compliance with today’s announcement.

Admission to games will be limited to home and visiting club personnel, credentialed media and broadcast partners, essential club and arena staff and NHL officials. The games will be closed to the public.

The health and well-being of our community is our priority and we appreciate the understanding of our fans, corporate partners and guests under these extraordinary circumstances. Our games will continue to be televised regionally on FOX Sports Ohio and available on the Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station 97.1 The Fan or CD102.5 FM (select games) in Columbus.

The club will work with season ticket, club and premium seat holders on appropriate credits or refunds for affected games, while single-game buyers will receive a refund through their point of purchase. The club will be communicating to season ticket holders, partners and other affected parties with additional information soon.

Players are aware the game may be very different with no fans present. Nonetheless, they say it won’t impact them.

“We feed off the energy obviously a lot of nights but there’s a job to do and add a lot of points you drown them out because you’ve got five other guys trying to kill you on the ice so we appreciate what our Fanbase brings and obviously we prefer to play in front of them but our job is to make sure we are ready to play the Pittsburgh Penguins and that doesn’t change until told otherwise,” said Nick Foligno.

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