'Canes Fans Storm RBC Center For Stanley Cup Tickets
Posted June 2, 2006 7:00 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — For hockey fans, the greatest show on ice is coming to Raleigh. Hurricanes fans rushed the RBC center Box office Friday for a chance to land tickets to a Stanley Cup Finals game.
Even before the box office opened, fans camped out to get first dibs on tickets. Tickets for the game started at $100. As of Friday evening, only standing-room-only tickets are still available.
"It's the game. It doesn't matter what price you put on that ticket," said one fan.
"I'm a long-time hockey fan -- 34 years," said Hurricanes fans Jean Rogers. "I've been waiting for this day to see the Stanley Cup Finals games and bring it home. This is our Stanley Cup this year."
Rogers' time waiting for tickets was apparently well spent. Like other fans at the RBC Center, she walked away with her prized tickets for a Stanley Cup game.
For some fans, it's not just about the game. It's about getting a chance to see the Stanley Cup up close with family and friends.
"I'm looking forward to my Dad coming down from upstate New York," said one fan. "We're going to Game 7 the day after Father's Day so that should be a real exciting time also for him."
There were 155 people waiting prior to doors opening at the RBC Center at 7:30 a.m. RBC Center officials started selling tickets at 7:45 a.m. to the fans that had been waiting through the night.
In 2002 -- the last time the Carolina Hurricanes were in the Stanley Cup finals -- there were nearly 1,500 fans waiting for tickets for the Stanley Cup Finals at the RBC Center, prior to the doors opening. Canes officials said now more fans are season ticket holders and more people are purchasing tickets online.