Hurricanes Submit Funding Request To Host Outdoor Game Next Season
The Hurricanes could be closer to "finally securing an outdoor game" at Carter-Finley Stadium after the team submitted a written request to the Centennial Authority asking the PNC Arena landlord to contribute $200,000-250,000 to "assist in landing an NHL Stadium Series game next season," according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER. Hurricanes President & GM Don Waddell wrote in the request that "more than 50,000 people were expected to attend the game, if held, and noted that other outdoor games have generated an economic impact of roughly" $22M. He added that prior to the NHL approving the game, the Hurricanes "must obtain financial commitments from local organizations and government to help offset the Hurricanes' cost for presenting the game and concert." Waddell wrote that the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau has "committed $125,000 and that it was anticipated the bureau would increase that amount to $200,000." Centennial Authority Chair Tom McCormick said that a vote on the request "could come at the authority's April meeting" (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 2/7).