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Join the Carolina Hurricanes for the 20th annual Caniac Carnival at PNC Arena on Sunday, Sept. 29. The event features FREE admission to an NHL preseason game (ticket required -- waitlist available here) and FREE parking, plus discounted food and beverage on select items.

The Hurricanes will host the Washington Capitals at 1:30 p.m. The Canes' preseason finale is general admission: All seats are open to the public, but a ticket (waitlist available here) is required for entry.

The Caniac Carnival will also feature activities for fans of all ages, including inflatable rides, interactive games and booths, a kid's zone, sports area, live music, appearances by Stormy and the Pepsi Storm Squad and more!

John Forslund will host a State of the Hurricanes discussion at 12 p.m. and during the intermissions of the preseason game. Following the game, there will be a live interview with a Canes player.

Toiletries Drive

The Hurricanes will be collecting much-needed toiletries and other items to benefit Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina and InterAct. The drive will take place during Caniac Carnival and donations will be accepted at all entrances of PNC Arena, in front of the box office, and inside the VIP entrance. Fans arriving prior to doors will be able to drop off items at the box office and the VIP entrance.

Items needed include:

  • Hair brushes
  • Body wash & soaps*
  • Lotions/Vaseline & deodorants*
  • Batteries (all sizes)

*Need full-sized items and a variety for all ages, skin types, and gender identities

All who donate will be entered to win one of the following prizes:

  • Four (4) tickets to a 2019-20 Hurricanes home game*
  • Carolina Hurricanes replica jersey signed by the 2019-20 team
  • Carolina Hurricanes replica hockey stick signed by the 2019-20 team
  • Carolina Hurricanes replica hockey stick signed by Sebastian Aho #20
  • Andrei Svechnikov #37 autographed photo

*Must be on a mutually-agreed upon date. Click here for terms and conditions.

Schedule of Events
10:00 a.m. Caniac Carnival begins (The Eye and PNC Arena's box office will open at this time)
11:30 a.m. PNC Arena doors open
12:00 p.m. State of the Hurricanes, hosted by John Forslund
1:30 p.m. Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes
3:00 p.m. Caniac Carnival ends

FAQ: Free Preseason Game

All tickets have currently been claimed for the preseason game. Please complete the waitlist request form if you'd like to be made aware if additional tickets become available.

Yes. All available tickets have been claimed. Access the ticket waitlist here! 

Note: Fans may reserve up to FOUR (4) tickets. Tickets may only be claimed online, and are not available at the PNC Arena Box Office.

No. All full, 22 and 11-game plans will receive a ticket via their Caniac Account Manager. The tickets will be loaded to the account in early September. All tickets to this game will be digital.

The event is general admission. All areas of PNC Arena will be general admission, excluding suites. Please visit the Carnival timeline for when PNC Arena will open. There will be reserved Handicap accessible seating. We ask that all fans keep these areas open for our guests that require handicap seating.

If the event is not sold out, a limited amount of tickets may be available via the Hurricanes box office on the day of the event. However, due to the expected demand, people are encouraged to claim tickets prior to the date while supplies last.

No. Parking is free and will be available on a first-come, first-served bases. Please note, due to the Caniac Carnival, the VIP lots will not be open for parking.

No, tickets are only required for the preseason game.