Arena District businesses, Blue Jackets fans ready to open season

Some changes in the Arena District awaited Blue Jackets fans as they arrived for Friday's season opener. (WSYX/WTTE)

Columbus Blue JacketS fans and the Arena District gearing up for another exciting season of NHL hockey.

"I am down to two, not sure if it's going to be the classic, or the new Adidas jackets apparel," said Brady Tialand, as he checked out the latest hockey wear in the Blue Jackets team store.

Thousands of fans were already at the Arena District by early afternoon, getting ready for Friday's home opener with the New York Islanders.

"The Arena District is amazing," said long time season ticket holder Amy Robertson, who travels from Maine to see the Blue Jackets. "I have been to a lot of cities, they don't have anything like this to hang out in," said the former Ohioan.

Fans coming to the Arena District can expected some changes this season.

Veranico Kitchen is experiencing its first opening night with Blue Jacket fans.

The Half-Pint opened its doors on North Front Street less than a month ago.

Workers are still to scrambling to get the bar ready at its new spot, which includes awaiting the arrival of the restaurant's new outdoor signs.

"When you buy a new home, there's something you always find, that's how it is here," said manager Scott McDowell.

Fans hoping the new look near Nationwide Arena, will bring renewed energy to the fifth line.

"Very excited," said Tialand, "especially coming off last year."

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