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NHL HOPING EVERYONE HAS A FAN-TASTIC TIME IN VANCOUVER
Published January 16, 1998
The NHL "hopes to draw about 50,000 fans" to the Pinnacle.NHL FANtasy "interactive hockey theme park" at the Pacific Coliseum, according to John MacKie of the VANCOUVER SUN. The exhibition takes up 250,000-square-feet of space in five Pacific National Exhibition buildings. Interactive displays allow fans to test their goaltending skills, clock their slapshot or test their stickhandling ability. MacKie wrote that the "biggest lure" is getting your photo taken with the Stanley Cup for $5, or free with your own camera (VANCOUVER SUN, 1/15). The PROVINCE's Paul Chapman reported that sales from the '98 FANtasy "have already surpassed" sales from events in Boston and San Jose. Chapman: "No matter how crazy they got in San Jose's Shark Tank, there's no mistaking Vancouver is a hockey town" (PROVINCE, 1/14). HOT SHOT: Wayne King, a 37-year-old electronics technician from Dayton, OH, will have the chance to win $5M in the Norelco/NHL SuperSkills $5 Million Challenge. King will take four shots at four targets in eight seconds. For each target he hits, he will win $1M. If he hits all four, he wins $5M. The event will take place during ESPN's "All- Star Saturday" Skills Competition (Norelco).