SBD/September 26, 2011/Franchises

Hurricanes Play First Game In Charlotte As They Look To Build Their Fan Base

The Hurricanes played at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte for the first time yesterday and it "could not have worked out any better" for the team or its AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER. The crowd was "large and loud, with a turnout of 10,433" for the Hurricanes' 4-0 win over the Jets (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 9/26). Hurricanes C Eric Staal before the game said, "We want to put on a show for the fans we have there. Charlotte is a great city and it's not that far from Raleigh. It will be good to be able to play in that building and enjoy that atmosphere and hopefully get the win. And hopefully build some interest and get some fans to come (to Raleigh) and see some games through the course of the year." Staal and teammates G Cam Ward and C Jeff Skinner "were in Charlotte Saturday for an afternoon appearance" at a fan fest (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 9/25).
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