FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Oct. 6, 2005
RALEIGH, NC – Davin Olsen, Vice President and General Manager of the RBC Center, today announced the organization’s plans and festivities for Opening Night, Friday, Oct. 7. Select parking lots at the RBC Center will open at noon on Friday for fans who wish to begin tailgating earlier in the day. All RBC Center parking lots will be open by 4:30 p.m., and the RBC Center doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for the game.
A very limited quantity of standing-room-only tickets remain for the 7 p.m. start against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Fans attending the game should anticipate traffic delays and can tune to 1630 AM for RBC Center traffic reports and updates.
For Opening Night, the Hurricanes have teamed up with Curtis Media Group and Budweiser to host a pre-game party on the RBC Center’s south lawn featuring the band Mr. Potato Head at 4:45 p.m. Hurricanes Radio Network flagship station, Y-102.9 FM (WWMY), will be on hand beginning at 4 p.m., and select concessions, including beer, will be available. Mr. Potato Head will play until approximately 6:30 p.m., 30 minutes before the start of the game. The Hurricanes’ “Here to Play Here to Stay” pre-game show inside the RBC Center seating bowl will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Country recording artist Keith Anderson will perform the national anthem prior to the start of the game. Upon entering the building, all fans will receive a Hurricanes cheer card, complete with a Hurricanes team roster, courtesy of RBC Centura.
Before the drop of the puck, each Hurricanes player will be introduced and take the ice alongside a local youth hockey player who will carry a stick adorned with a hurricane-warning flag bearing that player’s number, and signed by that player. During official timeouts throughout the game, the sticks and flags bearing the players’ numbers and autographs will be given away to randomly-selected fans. The Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina Storm Squad, new in-game host “Ron the Ref” and Hurricanes mascot, Stormy, will entertain fans and help the Hurricanes’ Promotions and Fan Development Department with games and giveaways.
In conjunction with the NHL and NHL Players’ Association’s effort to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricanes players will wear jerseys bearing a special patch confirming the League’s and the players’ commitment to the people and communities impacted. Following the first period, the special jerseys will be collected for auction on NHL.com, all NHL member club websites and NHLPA.com.
In the newly-renovated ledge bar area following the game, the band Brickhouse will entertain fans wishing to stay at the RBC Center to celebrate. The Hurricanes will hold post-game celebrations in the ledge bar area for fans following all Friday and Saturday night games this season. Also, fans exiting the building after the game will receive a miniature Stanley Cup, courtesy of the NHL.
Individual game tickets for all Hurricanes games in October and November are available at the RBC Center box office, all TicketMaster outlets, at CarolinaHurricanes.com and by calling 919-834-4000.