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Wet weather doesn't dampen Canes fans' tailgates

Posted October 10, 2015 9:04 p.m. EDT
Updated October 10, 2015 11:57 p.m. EDT

— There were no fair-weather fans outside the PNC Arena Saturday, where Carolina Hurricanes fans celebrated the start of a new hockey season.

The Canes played their first home game against the Detroit Red Wings, and Detroit native Todd Mostowy even joined in the tailgating.

"I'm a Hurricanes fan, but when the Red Wings play, I wear the Red Wings shirt for sure," Mostowy said.

Friends let him join their tent-covered party because it was his 50th birthday.

The tailgaters were cautiously optimistic about the upcoming season – although the Canes lost the game 4-3.

"A rockin' season, an absolute rockin' season," Kevn Ross said.

"One can hope," his wife, Meghan Ross, added.

Allen Lineberry hosted the tailgate and said he would have preferred a warm sunny afternoon for the party.

"I didn't script the rain," he said. "We could have done without the rain."

Still, the weather didn't dampen the family's enthusiasm.

"We're fanatics. We're Caniacs, that's what we are. We're proud," said his wife, Pam Lineberry. "I am so stoked. I've been waiting for this day for about a month now."

"I'm an eight-year season ticket holder. I'm not going anywhere," said their daughter, Amy Lineberry.