With just 24 hours left before the end of the NHL All-Star Crusade, the Carolina Hurricanes announced today that 11,067 season ticket equivalents have been sold, up 440 from the previous day. The goal is to reach 12,000 season tickets commitments by tomorrow to ensure that the NHL All-Star Game is hosted by the Triangle within five years.
"It's time for everyone sitting on the fence about their ticket purchases to jump off and make the commitment," said Hurricanes President Jim Cain. "We clearly won't make it to the goal without additional corporate support."
Cain reiterated that individual support has been tremendous, generated in part by the Stanley Cup playoffs. "No matter what the final number is on May 31st, we're proud of the way the community has come together to support this team and our collective goals," he said.
Doug Piper, executive vice president of business operations for the team, said that there is still plenty of outstanding proposals to close in the next 24 hours. "This is an All-Star region and we're confident that the community will come forward in a big way," Piper said. "Tomorrow is going to be a big day for the Triangle."
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has awarded the Triangle the Entry Draft unconditionally, and has promised the community the opportunity to host the All-Star Game within five years if it reaches the 12,000 goal by May 31. The Canes have also committed to give back $1 million to non-profits and schools in the Triangle after reaching a season ticket base of 12,000.
The Hurricanes are planning a news conference and "Thank You Triangle" rally tomorrow at 5 p.m. on the south lawn of the Entertainment & Sports Arena. In case of rain, the event will be held in the Arena Club restaurant. Those attending should use the WestChase Road entrance and proceed to park in the VIP area.