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Reserve Tickets Now For Opening Night in Charlotte

On Friday, October 15, the Charlotte Checkers will be making franchise history as they play their first ever AHL game at home.  Their opponents will be the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.  As we mentioned earlier, the Checkers have graciously offered to give Canes Country readers discounted tickets to the affair and we will be celebrating a "Canes Country Night" that evening as well.

Unless you request otherwise, Canes Country folk will be seated in section 115 which is in the lower level where the Checkers shoot twice.  Your seats can be reserved right now by emailing Mike Lappan at  The cost of the tickets is $15 each and there are no extra fees (like Ticketmaster) to worry about.  To reserve your seats, email Mike today.    

We have also reserved one bus, (we can get another if it is needed), to make the round trip from Raleigh to Charlotte and back.  The bus will be leaving Raleigh at about 3 p.m. and will return directly after the game, probably arriving about 1 a.m.  (The exact pickup location has yet to be determined, but it will be in the Raleigh/Cary area).

The bus company gave us an excellent deal as a round trip ticket will be $20 for each rider.  Keep in mind, that price does not include food, beverage, or anything extra, the price is for the cost of transportation only.   The bus is equipped with free WiFi and has power ports so you can plug in and recharge your devices.  For more information about the bus, check out this link, Southern Express.  

The first 56 people to pay for their bus ticket will be guaranteed a spot.  You can pay by using our Paypal account at, or you can mail me a check.  Please email me for that information.  If there is enough demand for another bus, we will get one.  Right now, the company has another bus available at the same price.

Some of you have mentioned taking the train, just keep in mind you will need transportation from the train station to your destination in Charlotte.  The station is not centrally located.  (There should be taxi service available there, check with AMTRAK to be sure). 

The Checkers forwarded me one link to a hotel partner which can provide discounted room rates for the evening.  Check this link for more info, aLoft.     

Come join in with your fellow Caniacs to cheer on the franchise's prospects as they make history in Charlotte.  It is sure to be a special night.  Email me if you have any questions or need more information at