The Carolina Hurricanes wrote a request to the Centennial Authority that the landlord of PNC Arena, their home, would contribute $200-250K to help lock up an NHL Stadium Series game next January or February at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, home of the NC State Wolfpack’s football team.
GM Don Waddell said in the request that more than 50,000 seats are expected to be filled should the Hurricanes host an outdoor game. He thought that the game would garner even more attention if there was a “blockbuster” concert or event at PNC Arena the night before.
Cones set up at Carter-Finley. My guess is about 200 feet long and about 85 feet wide… pic.twitter.com/gkJvU4v6HA
— Dennis Cox (@TheFanRookie) November 25, 2019
The Hurricanes must find financial support before the NHL gives them an outdoor game, Waddell said. He added that the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau has committed $125,000 and that the bureau would make that amount go up to $200,000.
Authority chairman Tom McCormick has given the authority’s finance committee responsibility for review. He said that the vote could occur when the committee meets in April.
“There are several benefits,” McCormick said in an interview. “One, it benefits the Hurricanes, and pretty much anything that benefits them benefits the building because their profile rises and it gets more people to come and see them play (at PNC Arena). Maybe (fans) will go over there (Carter-Finley Stadium) having never seen a hockey game before and they’ll come here. So it benefits that way.”
McCormick has talked to Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon regarding lease negotiations and said they have been “very positive.” “No deal yet but we got a lot of good information,” he said. “There’s some work to do but we’re closer than we ever have been.”
“I’m not going to say we’re there yet. It’s quite better than it has been going at any time during the process, I’ll put it that way. We’re certainly closer to having something that we can feel comfortable recommending.”
No possible opponent has been named yet, though the Washington Capitals have been mentioned as a possibility after the two teams clashed in a seven-game series in Round 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which the Hurricanes won in double overtime of Game 7.
By Harrison Brown