RALEIGH, NC (October 4, 2000) – Ken Lehner, Vice President of Marketing Communications for the National Hockey League Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the team’s plans for an opening night celebration at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on Saturday, October 7, as the Hurricanes host the Washington Capitals in Carolina’s season opener. The night will feature a pre-game Tailgate Party, a light show, and a magnetic schedule giveaway. The Hurricanes head into their regular season opener after winning their final three exhibition games in impressive style, defeating their opponents by a combined score of 14-6 in the three games.
The Hurricanes Tailgate Party is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. on the south lawn at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. The party features live music from “Big Bertha,” plus clowns, face painters, and the Hardee’s Slap Shot Booth. Food specials will be available at the party, including chicken or pork rib plates with coleslaw and dinner rolls for just $7 each. Corn on the cob, Beef Master Beef Franks, beer, wine coolers, and soda will also be on the menu. Parking lots open at 4:30 p.m. for the pre-game festivities. The doors to the arena open at 5:30 p.m.
Inside the Entertainment and Sports Arena, each fan will receive a magnetic 2000-01 Hurricanes season schedule sponsored by Sprint. The pre-game show gets under way at 6:40 p.m., highlighted by a light show at 6:45 p.m. Hurricanes mascot 'Stormy' will then be featured in a special presentation entitled “2001 A Canes Odyssey” before the 2000-01 Carolina Hurricanes lineup is introduced just after 7:00 p.m. The puck drops for the Hurricanes season shortly thereafter.
Intermission activities include a performance by Dan Menendez, the wold-famous PianoJuggler during the first intermission, and a special edition of G105’s Bob and Madison’s Musical Chairs from the G105 Showgram during the second intermission.
The Carolina Hurricanes won their final preseason exhibition game on Tuesday, October 3 with a 5-3 victory over the Capitals at the MCI Center.