RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team will temporarily close its offices at PNC Arena on Tuesday due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Hockey and business operations will continue with employees working remotely.
"As the situation with Coronavirus continues to escalate, it is clear that social distancing is the best way to protect our employees and help to flatten the curve," said Waddell. "We will continue to operate our business on the hockey and arena sides as normally as possible given the circumstances."
In addition to the business offices closing, the PNC Arena Box Office and The Eye Store at PNC Arena will also be closed. For updates on Hurricanes tickets, please consult Hurricanes.com/FAQ. Season ticket members may also reach their ticket reps via email, and individual-game purchasers may call the PNC Box Office Information line (919-861-2323) from Monday through Thursday between 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. or consult Ticketmaster.com for additional information. The Hurricanes' official online shop, CarolinaProShop.com, will remain open, but delivery times may be delayed due to the office closure.
PNC Arena will be partnering with UNC REX, WakeMed and The Blood Connection (TBC) to host a blood drive on Thursday, in an effort to help our community avoid a critical blood shortage. The blood drive will take place on Thursday, March 26, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at PNC Arena, and will prioritize social distancing to ensure the health and wellness of all donors and staff involved. During the COVID-19 outbreak, blood centers and hospitals are pleading for anyone who is feeling healthy to do their part and donate blood. Special precautions will be taken during this drive to limit exposure and encourage social distancing. These measures include:
- Donors will be asked to wait in their cars to eliminate the need for people to gather in the same area before their donation.
- Donors will be contacted via call or text when TBC is ready to start the donation process.
- Donor chairs will be spaced as far apart as possible.
- Donors are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to control social distancing.
Donors can make an appointment by visiting thebloodconnection.org or by calling 800-392-6551.