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Hurricanes Win First Home Game of Season to Smaller Crowd

Posted November 6, 1999 6:00 a.m. EST

— The Carolina Hurricanes were counting on Raleigh's Entertainment and Sports Arena to boost their attendance.

But after a sell-out of the home-opener the next two games, including the Hurricanes' win Sunday against the Washington Capitals, have not exactly been played before a packed house.

A lot of red was between the seats at the arena -- two-thirds to be exact.

"Well I think it's about where we thought right now," says Dan Jordan, president of Gale Force Holdings.

But Jordan is not concerned.

"If we have to, we'll build it one fan at a time," he says. "Obviously we'd like that to happen sooner, rather than later, but eventually we're going to cross the finish line."

Jordan says that on opening night there was a sell-out crowd of more than 18,000 people. At the second home game, there were more than 16,000 people in attendance.

Sunday's game brought out 12,620 people, but not all were fans.

"I'm a Flyers fan, says Dan Perkins. "I'm not gonna all of a sudden become a Hurricanes fan just because I moved down here. I still enjoy coming to the game."

But now is the time to build a fan base.

"If people come out and give it a shot and take the opportunity to see the games first-hand, they'll love it," Jordan says. "I guarantee it."

There are 41 home games this season, 11 just in the month of November.