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SUITES SOLD OUT AT ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS ARENA

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, NC (August 8, 2000) – Jim Cain, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the 58 luxury suites at the Entertainment and Sports Arena are sold-out for the next two years.

“The fact that these suites sold this quickly is a testament to the support the Hurricanes and this Arena enjoy from the corporations in the community,” stated Cain. “These companies realize that there is no better place for the entertainment of clients, prospects, and employees than the 140-plus events held in the Arena each year.”

Cain also announced today that with all of the original suites being sold, the Arena will construct additional six suites in the last remaining space available immediately. The luxury suites, which will be located at the North End of the arena, are scheduled to be completed prior to the start of the Carolina Hurricanes’ 2000-01 hockey season. Luxury suites provide an impressive environment to entertain clients, friends, and associates, complete with lounge furniture, wet bar, refrigerator, television, and a private restroom. Views of the ice, court and stage are intimate and patrons can also enjoy exclusive catering privileges.

“These six new suites will be gone quickly,” stated Cain. “One of them is already under contract and several companies have expressed an interest in the others.”

After its first year of operation, the Entertainment and Sports Arena has established itself as a world-class facility and one of the premier sources of entertainment in the Southeast. Funded by a unique partnership among the City of Raleigh, Wake County, the State of North Carolina, the Carolina Hurricanes, and boosters of N.C. State University, the Entertainment and Sports Arena opened its doors on October 29, 1999 as the Hurricanes hosted the eventual Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils before a sold-out crowd. Since then, over one million spectators have visited the Entertainment and Sports Arena.

While the Entertainment and Sports Arena is one of the premier buildings for fans, it also serves a valuable opportunity for business development for corporations. One such company that has taken advantage of this is BTI, which is a facilities-based integrated communications provider serving primarily small and medium sized businesses in the Southeast.

“Our corporate suite at the Entertainment and Sports Arena has been extremely valuable to BTI,” stated Pete Loftin, Chairman and CEO of BTI. “Beyond hosting our customers and prospects at Arena events, we’ve been able to use our corporate suite as a very successful recognition tool for our employees.”

The Entertainment and Sports Arena encompasses approximately 700,000 square feet and four different seating levels and provides 18,700 seats for hockey, 19,700 seats for basketball games, 21,000 for center stage concerts, and 20,500 for arena end performances. Equipped with three spacious concourses, 58 luxury suites and three party suites, 2,000 club seats, 10,000 lower bowl seats, and 6,000 upper bowl seats, the arena affords the ultimate entertainment experience. In addition, there is a 9,100 square foot restaurant on the club level with direct elevator access from the main lobby and excellent sight lines into the arena. Full catering service from the onsite kitchen can serve up to 400 people. With over 8,000 designated parking spaces located adjacent to the facility, complemented with 18 concession stands, 37 public restrooms, and several escalators and elevators, the Entertainment and Sports Arena lends the highest level of convenience and accessibility to all of its patrons.

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