RALEIGH, NC - The Carolina Hurricanes will open their 41-game home schedule this weekend against a pair of Metropolitan Division opponents. On Friday, NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr., will bring the Hurricanes onto the PNC Arena ice as he sounds the hurricane warning siren prior to the team's home opener against the New York Rangers at 7:30 p.m. The Philadelphia Flyers will visit on Sunday at 5 p.m. as PNC Arena hosts Super Hero Night, and an arena-wide Halloween celebration.
Prior to Friday's game, fans can enjoy a pre-game party on the South Plaza outside of PNC Arena, presented by Brueprint Brewing Company. The party will include live music from the 120 Minute Band, four interactive inflatables for kids, street hockey, food and beverage and more. New for 2016-17 South Plaza parties will be a section geared toward adults with games like corn hole, Kan Jam, giant Jenga, hockey sauce kits, ladder ball, giant checkers and more. The South Plaza party will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Doors for Friday's game will open at 6 p.m., and, upon entering PNC Arena, all fans will receive a limited edition Carolina Hurricanes hat presented by PNC Bank. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 7:15 p.m. to enjoy CanesVision's pregame show, player introductions and Earnhardt sounding the siren. Following the game, fans are invited onto the ice for a special photo opportunity commemorating the 2016-17 home opener for Snap Shot Friday. Limited tickets remain for Friday's game.
On Sunday, the opening-weekend festivities continue surrounding the Hurricanes' game against Philadelphia as PNC Arena hosts Super Hero Night, and an arena-wide Halloween celebration. Fans of all ages are encouraged to enter a costume contest at the kiosk outside of Sections 108-109. At the South Plaza party and on the concourse before the game, fans can interact with approximately 20 super heroes and movie characters portrayed by members of the 105th Squad. Following the game, children 14 and under are invited onto the PNC Arena ice to enjoy trick-or-treat stations. For details about Super Hero Night tickets and to see the specially-designed Super Hero Night t-shirt, please visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com/Superhero.