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In September, the city of Columbus signed a new arena deal to keep the Blue Jackets in Nationwide Arena. The arena will be managed by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority. Although this new deal is in place now, it takes more than backing like this to keep a team in its place.
The Blue Jackets are still losing money every year. Attendance has been consistently down in recent years. In fact, just last season, Nationwide Arena averaged only 75 percent of its seats being filled all season long.
Columbus has seen very little success on the ice, if any, since its arrival on the scene near the end of the 20th century. The Blue Jackets have made the playoffs once (in 2009), where they were swept in the first round by the Detroit Red Wings.
It's going to take continued success to see this team stay and thrive in Columbus. After a poor, winless start through eight games, the potential for another long year is imminent.
Will they move? If so, where would be a viable new location?