With just two days to go before the end of the NHL All-Star Crusade, the Carolina Hurricanes announced today that 4,624 tickets have been sold since March 28, bringing the total for the drive to 10,627 equivalents. The goal is to reach 12,000 season tickets by May 31 and ensure that the NHL All-Star Game is hosted by the Triangle within five years.
"We've made significant progress but we can't reach our goal without the support of the corporate community," said Hurricanes President Jim Cain. "There's still a lot of business out there for us to close and that will be our focus over the next 48 hours."
Individual sales have exceeded expectations with more than 70 season ticket equivalents sold at an Open House on Memorial Day afternoon. Other open houses and Select-a-Seat events have been just as successful, said Doug Piper, executive vice president of business operations.
"We're confident that the fans and the business community will step up to the plate in the final days and ensure that this drive is a success," Piper said. "From an organizational standpoint, it's been rewarding to work on a project that has brought the entire Triangle together to reach a common goal."
Piper said that the climate surrounding the Stanley Cup playoffs has helped generate enthusiasm for the team. "Everyone -- our players, the staff, the fans and even the NHL -- are excited about our season ticket numbers and the support that the community is showing," Piper said.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has awarded the Triangle the Entry Draft unconditionally, and has promised the community the opportunity to host the All-Star Game when it reaches the 12,000 goal. The Canes have also committed to give back $1 million to non-profits and schools in the Triangle after reaching a season ticket base of 12,000.
The Hurricanes also announced that a news conference and "Thank You Triangle" rally is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, May 31, on the south lawn of the Entertainment & Sports Arena. The public and the media are invited.
"No matter what the final number is, we want to make sure our fans know how much we appreciate their support," said Cain.