Carolina Hurricanes Fans And An Empty Arena

For the past few weeks, all that I have been able to do is drive by the PNC Arena and look into an empty parking lot and think about what could have been. These past two weeks were to be the culmonation of something new and exciting in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Being a hockey fan in North Carolina has its perks but it also has many drawbacks. First of all, the die-hard hockey fans in the area have migrated here from another state. Most of them enjoy it in its purity whenever possible. I pride myself on being a real Carolina Hurricanes fan but this week has been tough for me.

I was a major New York Rangers fan before North Carolina got a team. I have been a fan of all things New York with the exception of football, but that is because my background is rooted deep in Long Island. The Carolina Hurricanes season home opener was going to be a bittersweet moment for me as my childhood team the Rangers were coming to PNC Arena to start the era of the “battling brothers” Staal.

I have had this game circled on my schedule for a while now and I even had it set in the calendar on my phone. Well it didn’t materialize because of the lockout and now the reality has hit me that I may not get to see any of the moves the Hurricanes have made on the ice this season and it’s not a good feeling.

It appears that I am not the only person that is a little upset with the lack of hockey being paid. Many local Hurricanes fans have begun to realize that there might not be any hockey as well and have petitioned to get their money back for tickets that were purchased in advance.

If this becomes a trend across the country, will it put more pressure on owners to make moves in negotiations or will it result in more layoffs in executive offices? Refunding an entire season to season ticketholders can be very costly. For many organizations this would be a breaking point and we shall see if it does anything to expedite the process. As for now we have to wait until the end of the month.