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HURRICANES SEASON TICKET SALES AT 9,219 WITH THREE WEEKS LEFT IN SEASON TICKET DRIVE

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
RALEIGH, NC (May 8, 2001) - With three weeks to go in the NHL All-Star Crusade, the Carolina Hurricanes announced season ticket sales of 9,219 to date, up 211 tickets over last week. The goal is to sell 12,000 season ticket equivalents by May 31, 2001, which will give the Triangle the opportunity to host the All-Star Game by 2006.

"All of this week's sales have come from individuals purchasing tickets," said Doug Piper, executive vice president of business operations for the team. "We have proposals for more than 3,000 tickets out in the corporate community. Our focus in the upcoming weeks will be to close those sales and reach our goal."

Fans can purchase full season tickets as well as 7-, 14- or 21-game mini-season ticket plans, all of which count toward the goal. Four new payment plan options include: an automatic bank draft program, an automatic charge card plan, standard invoicing and payroll deduction plans at select companies.

With a little more than three weeks left in the campaign, Piper said the organization has a lot of work to do to ensure that ticket sales reach 12,000. "This isn't going to be easy. But we're confident that the business community will rise to the occasion in the next 23 days of the drive."

Since the launch of the All-Star Crusade, the Hurricanes have sold 2,917 season ticket equivalents. The goal is to double the season ticket base from the original 6,302 to 12,000 and, in the process, bring the NHL All-Star Game to the Triangle by 2006. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has awarded the Triangle the Entry Draft, to be held here 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.

Terrell Williams and Ken Preston contributed to this report.

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