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HURRICANES SHUT THE DRAPES ON TOP LEVELS AT GREENSBORO
Published December 2, 1997
The Hurricanes have reduced the capacity at Greensboro Coliseum from 20,800 to 15,902 by putting up black curtains in the upper deck of certain sections, according to Scott Michaux of the Greensboro NEWS & RECORD. The team says that 134,963 tickets have been sold or given away for its 15 home games, which Michaux says "translates" to 43% of total capacity, but the team says it is playing to "nearly" 57% of its reconfigured "capacity." 'Canes Ticket Manager Jim Baldwin said that the team sells tickets outside the curtained-off areas "first," and that the curtains will be raised "whenever the demand exceeds their stated capacity" (NEWS & RECORD, 12/1). In Boston, Nancy Marrapese writes that the announced crowd of 5,865 in Greensboro for last night's Canes-Bruins game "was appalling." Marrapese: "Not only did the actual attendance look about half that size ... but the fans had less enthusiasm than the Bruins generate for the average intrasquad scrimmage" (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/2).