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Raleigh street festival to celebrate NHL All-Star weekend

Posted December 8, 2010

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— Raleigh and Wake County plan to hold a street festival to let the public celebrate as the NHL All-Stars drop the puck.

The NHL All-Star Wide Open festival will be held in downtown Raleigh Jan. 28-30 as the National Hockey League descends on the state for its annual showcase of stars.

"With this all-star partnership, we’ve scored a huge win for the region," Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker said. "The NHL All-Star game is about celebrating the best, and that’s what we’re delivering for international, national and regional fans to enjoy and buzz about for years to come.”

The festival will be modeled on the annual Raleigh Wide Open street festival "teamed with music and all things hockey," Wake County Commissioner Paul Coble said. The ice rink in the City Plaza will be a centerpiece of the festival, which also take place on Fayetteville and Cabarrus streets.

“NHL All-Star Wide Open will not only remind Wake and Triangle residents why this is such an exciting place to live, but introduce thousands of visitors to our region’s unique energy and resources," Coble continued.

As well, the NHL Fan Fair will cover the Raleigh Convention Center with interactive hockey, special appearances by Hall of Famers, displays of Hockey Hall of Fame trophies and memorabilia, and pin- and card-trading zones.

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A Three Doors Down will headline a series of concerts in the downtown amphitheater, with a free concert on Jan. 28. A 5K walk/run to benefit the Carolina Hurricanes Kids 'N Community Foundation will start and end at the RBC Center on Saturday.

“NHL Fan Fair and NHL All-Star Wide Open will give all fans a chance to be part of the All-Star excitement,” said Don Renzulli, NHL senior vice president of events. “There will be no shortage of programming, attractions and activities for fans of all ages.”

The NHL awarded the 2011 All-Star game to the Carolina Hurricanes last April, coming through on a pledge commissioner Gary Bettman once made to the franchise. The game was originally scheduled for Phoenix, but when the Coyotes filed for bankruptcy, the league re-opened its options.

"We are confident this market will be an outstanding host for All-Star weekend," Carolina Hurricanes President Jim Rutherford said. "This event is further proof of how the community has embraced our team and our sport."

The All-Star game is expected to give a $10 million boost to local businesses, but it's the exposure that's priceless, Meeker said.

"An event like this, of course, brings people who stay at hotels, eat in restaurants," he said. "More importantly, it puts us on an international stage and puts us in a very favorable light, hosting a big event like this."

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  • lolly Dec 8, 2010

    "The All-Star game is expected to give a $10 million boost to local businesses"

    I would love to know how they came up with this figure.

  • corey3rd Dec 8, 2010

    The arena was supposed to be NC State's place on NC State's property until the costs went wild and the Canes took over the place and turned NC State into tenants.

    Anyone see the cheap display case hidden off to the side with both of NC State's NCAA basketball trophies? It's pathetic. They'll probably put an old dishrag over it for the NHL All-Star game. have some pride NC State and display those trophies right.

  • msudawg Dec 8, 2010

    I have been a mini plan (12game) holder for 10 years now and I am looking forward to the All Star Game and the Skills competition. I have purchased my All Star tickets and have been awarded tickets to both the skills competition and the game. Can't wait!

  • SummerlovinWinterhater Dec 8, 2010

    Its all on Versus. If you are a fan of hockey, you know this already. And you also know all there is to know about the no deal between the NHL and ESPN.

    "The 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover will mark the first time Carolina has hosted NHL All-Star activities. The League's mid-season spectacular will take place Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30 and will include Honda NHL SuperSkills and the 58th NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover at RBC Center. Live television coverage of both nights will be provided by VERSUS in the U.S. and CBC and RDS in Canada. The Honda NHL SuperSkills will begin at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, and the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover will start at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday."

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 8, 2010

    SummerlovinWinterhater: "Hate to disappoint you. But ESPN has no contract w/the NHL at this time."

    I'm not disappointed. But the NHL's ratings WILL BE disappointing on Versus. Maybe NBC carries the ALL-Star game. But unless they can get the Skills competition on ESPN, the bulk of America won't know it even happened. So much for that national exposure for Raleigh.

  • corona29 is loving some Pliney Dec 8, 2010

    I'm with everyone else.
    We, as STH, haev spent the most money on our hockey team so we deserve to get 1st dibs on the tickets.

    I've spent quite a few of my hard earned dollars at the RBC center so I'm glad we got a chance to purchase the tickets.

    Some of us even upgraded plans just to guarantee the chance to purchase tickets to both games. Can't wait!!!!

    GO CANES!!!

  • white0333 Dec 8, 2010

    who cares.....

  • SummerlovinWinterhater Dec 8, 2010

    Well, DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT, the game and the skills comp won't be on ESPN. Hate to disappoint you. But ESPN has no contract w/the NHL at this time.

    The only "networks" in the states that do are Versus and NBC and the All Star stuff will be televised on one of those channels.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 8, 2010

    Thanks for the corrections. I just knew I had bought three upper-level side seats for one game and paid $180 at the box office... not to mention $10 to park and approximately another $50 for concessions. Expensive night for one game.

    On another note, if they want the exposure from this, the Skills Competition and All Star game needs to be covered by ESPN. It might be. I'm not sure. But it wouldn't shock me if its only covered by Versus or the NHL Network. You would get very little national exposure on those channels. Its ESPN or bust.

  • Bob Sidel Dec 8, 2010

    " Now when people arrive for the festivities, there will be this huge logistical nightmare where instead of a central meeting place people have to travel miles just to get to the game. Sorry to see it that way, GOOD LUCK!"

    There wil be free transportation provided to and from Downtown to the RBC Center by buses and/or shuttles. I dont think its that big of a deal although a downtown arena would be nice.

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