Time to offer a few links for the day:
According to a recent article in the Triangle Business Journal, better cellular service will indeed be coming to the RBC Center. The Centennial Authority has reached an agreement with AT&T to enhance coverage in the arena. Verizon wireless customers could also see improvement because the company is proposing a deal with AT&T to boost their signal strength as well.
It looks like it might be awhile before WiFi is available though. More from TBJ reporter, Jason deBruyn:
The (cellular) service will improve phone reception and perhaps lead to the arena ramping up in-game services and marketing pushes to fans. But such services won’t proliferate until the authority can afford to establish Wi-Fi in the building – a service that would cost anywhere from $96,000 to $138,000 in annual maintenance costs, according to Bill Moore, president of Global Telecommunications Inc., who is a consultant to the authority.
A link to the entire article follows:
The Triangle Business Journal also ran a report about the arena installing a new type of glass this season which will be safer for players. Again, from the TBJ:
Per new recommendations from the National Hockey League, stadiums must install a new kind of glass that will surround the rink. The new material is designed for more give to absorb the impact when a defenseman checks a forward into the glass.
Hopefully, it also works when a forward checks a defenseman into the glass. The upgrade will cost the Centennial Authority $55,000. For more info, read on:
Hockey fest coming to Roanoke Rapids on August 28
Roanoke Rapids will be hosting a kids hockey fest on Sunday, August 28. The Chowan University (roller) hockey team and alumni will be playing a game for charity and there will be plenty of other activities as well.
The festival will kick off promptly at 2:30 p.m. with live music from Craig Janney, musician and 2004 alumnus of Chowan University. The Carolina Hurricanes will be hosting a street hockey clinic for children and more during the festival.
For more information, check out the following link:
Storm Squad Tryouts next week:
Have you got what it takes to join the Storm Squad? Tryouts are next week, August 23 and 25. The Hurricanes have more information at the following link.