The RBC Center and the Hurricanes are riding the momentum of a second Stanley Cup run in four years. The arena and the city already hosted an NHL Draft back in 2004.
Landing an NHL All-Star Game could generate more than $12 million in revenue. But the Triangle still has some work to do in order to achieve that goal.
"There are some issues still about hotels and a convention center, but we do owe an All-Star Game," said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. "I can't tell you when but one will come."
"You really need to have not only a lot of hotels for people who are coming, not just from this country, but really, internationally," said Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker.
Meeker said the city is positioning itself to make a run at an NHL All-Star Game by 2009. By then, he said, the new convention center should be complete, and four luxury hotels should be online, including the new Marriott downtown and a Westin Hotel at the new Soleil Center near Crabtree Valley Mall.