Morning DJ will live on ESA roof in support of All-Star Crusade
RALEIGH, NC (May 21, 2001) - In showing that he’ll scale any heights to help the Carolina Hurricanes, WBBB (96 Rock) morning disc jockey Chopper Harrison will spend at least 3 days of the NHL All-Star Crusade living on the roof of the Entertainment and Sports Arena until the team sells 12,000 season tickets.
Harrison announced this morning that he will stay on the roof above the VIP entrance beginning Tuesday, May 29 at 5 a.m. through Thursday, the day in which the Crusade ends. He’ll broadcast his show from there from 6-10 a.m. starting May 29 through May 31, but will stay on the roof until the season ticket goal is achieved.
Harrison will have a tent, putting green, wading pool, bubble hockey machine and his cell phone to keep himself entertained. He’ll also have a number of celebrity guests, including Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice and team players. Fans will also be able to keep track of Harrison 24 hours a day on the Carolina Hurricanes website, www.carolinahurricanes.com, thanks to a “Chopper Cam” which will be installed on the roof.
As part of the All-Star Crusade, the Hurricanes will hold four Select-A-Seat events this week. Tonight and Tuesday from 6-9 p.m., any new season ticket depositor can come to the ESA to pick seats for the 2001-2002 season. On Wednesday and Thursday from 6-9 p.m., anyone interested in becoming a season ticket holder can come to the ESA to check out the arena and purchase tickets. Any available seat in the arena will have a piece of paper with the price on it.
The goal of the All-Star Crusade is to double the season ticket base from the 2000-01 total of 6,302 to 12,000. In the process, the NHL All-Star Game could be brought to the Triangle by 2006. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has said if the Hurricanes arrive at the 12,000 season ticket figure, the Triangle would be awarded the NHL Entry Draft by 2005.
The team is also working with Friends of the Canes, a business and community group formed to help the team reach its season ticket goal and bring the All-Star Game to the Triangle.
Ken Preston contributed to this report.