As soon as the Columbus Blue Jackets clinched their spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the lights on one of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company’s downtown buildings was lit to honor them.
With game 3 of the first round approaching, the ‘LET’S GO JACKETS’ tribute still illuminates the skyline.
“I think so many people, when you talk to them really do think it’s something high tech, like we preprogram it into the system or into a computer program and poof it’s on the building,” said Holly Fuller, senior building manager. “Really, it’s not [high tech].”
Fuller said the messaging, whether it be for hockey or another event, is designed on a paper grid.
Every night, she said a team of maintenance workers open or close the blinds, on several floors to spell the message.
“We go through the building on floors 27 through 35, and check over 600 windows by pulling the shades, or inserting pieces of cardboard to spell out the letters,” she explained.
The whole process takes three or four workers about two hours to complete.
“It feels great when you look up on the news and it’s on the window,” said Steve Taylor, a maintenance worker. “It feels great knowing I was part of it.”
Nationwide plans to keep the building illuminated for the Blue Jackets, until their season is complete.