Here's what you need to know for Carolina Hurricanes opening night at PNC Arena

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — The Canes are back and ready to tear up the ice at PNC for a sold-out crowd.

Last year, the Carolina Hurricanes began the season with an empty arena and a team ravaged by COVID-19. By March, easing capacity limits allowed some fans back into the arena, and by the playoffs in May, 12,000 fans took their seats.

Thursday’s sold-out game could feel bizarre to those who haven’t fought a crowd for 20 months. Here’s what you need to know about parking, COVID-19 protocols, tickets, bag policy, tailgating, and the pre-game party.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The game starts at 7 p.m.


Be aware that it’s also the first night of the North Carolina State Fair, so traffic will be a problem. ABC11’s Kim Deaner will be watching the roads at 5:30 p.m., but Carolina Hurricanes staff recommend that fans carpool if possible and arrive early.

Lots will open at 4 p.m. and will be accessible from Edwards Mill Rd. or Westchase Blvd.

COVID-19 Protocols

All attendees must wear a 2-ply face mask indoors. A list of acceptable and unacceptable face coverings is available online.

All fans must also fill out a COVID-19 survey before arrival.

Tailgating and Partying

Tailgating will be allowed up to three hours before the game. Before Thursday’s game, the Hurricanes will host a Party on the Plaza with drinks, a DJ, photos and a red carpet.

Tickets and Bags

Canes staff will be accepting mobile tickets only.

Clear bags will be allowed in the arena–except for diaper bags and medically necessary bags–but all will have to go through an x-ray machine. Small clutches no larger than 6.5 inches will be allowed in as well, but will have to be searched.

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