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ESA Becomes Home Of Wireless Hockey

Posted January 24, 2002 4:32 a.m. EST

— Monday night, the Entertainment and Sports Arena will become "The Home Of Wireless Hockey."

Fifty lucky hockey fans will receive cell phones from AT&T Wireless, as the Hurricanes become the first NHL team to embrace this new technology.

The phones will allow the fans to participate in the game, free of charge. They can answer trivia questions, vote for the "Wireless Most Valuable Player," and play slapshot against other wireless players.

The Hurricanes are happy to be the first team to introduce the wireless application -- developed by a Vancouver, British Columbia company -- in part because the Triangle is a high-tech area, and the ESA is a cell site for AT&T.

An Internet-ready cell phone and wireless service are required. Users are not charged voice minutes for using AT&T Wireless PocketNet service to play Wireless Hockey.