RALEIGH, NC (May 15, 2001) - With 16 days to go in the NHL All-Star Crusade, the Carolina Hurricanes announced season ticket sales of 9,515 to date, up 296 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 NHL All-Star Game by 2006.
"We want to recognize Midway Airlines and Sprint, who combined this week to purchase a total of 100 season ticket equivalents," 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. While we've gotten positive feedback, we really need the business community to come out in the next week with their commitments in order for this campaign to be a success."
The Friends of the Canes and the Raleigh Chamber Sports Council Task Force made telephone calls to prospects at a phone-a-thon at the Entertainment & Sports Arena last Friday. "Everyone is coming together to get the job done," said Piper.
The Canes are also holding Select-a-Seat events at the ESA, the first of which resulted in 60 additional season tickets being sold on May 14. Select-a-Seat events are scheduled for new season ticket depositors on May 21 and 22 from 6 to 9 p.m., and for the general public on May 23 and 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. The Canes front office will also be open on Memorial Day for those interested in touring the building and picking seats. Those interested can call 1-888-NHL-TIX-1 or visit CarolinaHurricanes.com.
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. New payment plan options include: an automatic bank draft program, an automatic charge card plan, and payroll deduction plans.
Since the launch of the All-Star Crusade, the Hurricanes have sold 3,213 season ticket equivalents. The goal is to double the season ticket base from the original 6,302 to 12,000 and bring the NHL All-Star Game to the Triangle by 2006.
The team has also committed to donating $1 million back to the community once the season ticket goal is met. Half of the money is earmarked for educational programs in the Triangle.