Name entitlement of the hockey club’s promotion team highlights the elevated partnership
COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets and the locally-owned franchisee group for Papa John’s Pizza announced today the multiyear renewal and enhancement of its corporate partnership. Papa John’s Pizza, which holds designation as the official pizza of the Columbus Blue Jackets, has been affiliated with the NHL club since the 2011-12 season.
The newest component of the partnership is name entitlement of the Blue Jackets promotions team. Members of the newly rebranded “Papa John’s Goal Patrol” are team ambassadors that actively engage fans at games and around the community. On game nights, they meet and greet guests, solicit fans to participate in various promotions and on-ice contests and distribute prizes. They are also involved in numerous team and community events on a year-round basis.
“We’re excited to continue our fantastic relationship with the Blue Jackets and we’re eager to get the Papa John’s Goal Patrol out to interact with fans both inside Nationwide Arena and at community events across Ohio,” said Charles Burris, vice president and operating partner of Johncol, Inc., the Columbus franchise group.
“The local Papa John’s franchisee group is always looking for new ways to activate and engage with our fans so aligning them with our interactive promotion team is a great extension of the partnership,” added Cameron Scholvin, senior vice president, chief revenue officer of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The renewed partnership continues familiar in-game activation such as the pizza toss and presentation of Papa John’s Future Jackets youth hockey intermission features. In addition, Papa John’s continues the “Score Twice, Half Price” promotion where fans that order online can receive 50% off large pizzas the day following any home or road game in which the Jackets score two goals. To activate the discount, fans must order on PapaJohns.com and enter promotional code “Jackets50” at checkout.
Papa John’s CBJ Student Rush program also returns to provide high school and college students discounted game tickets and a free offer from Papa John’s.
The Blue Jackets will kick off their 16th NHL season on Thursday, October 13 against the Boston Bruins. Tickets for all home games are currently available for purchase online at BlueJackets.com, Ticketmaster.com, or in person at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans may purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745‐3000.
About Papa John’s Pizza
Johncol, Inc. the franchise group for Papa John’s Pizza is based in Columbus with 28 franchise restaurants headed up by Founder Allen Hertzman and Vice President/Operating Partner Charles Burris. The Johncol team received the prestigious award of Franchisee of the year 2010 and was selected as Division Franchisee winner and National finalist three of the last 5 years for their outstanding operations. Hertzman opened his first Papa John’s Restaurant on Bethel Road in 1991. Since then Johncol has expanded in the greater Columbus area including locations in Delaware, Marion, Mansfield, Newark/Heath and now Lancaster. Johncol, Inc. is the official pizza partner of the Columbus Blue Jackets. For more information about the company or to order pizza online, visit Papa John’s of Columbus at www.papajohnscolumbus.com.
Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. Papa John’s International is the world’s third largest pizza company. For 14 of the past 16 years, consumers have rated Papa John’s No.1 in customer satisfaction among all national pizza chains in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Papa John’s is the Official Pizza Sponsor of the National Football League and Super Bowl 51.