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Wednesday Notes - RBC Upgrades Cellular, But Not Wi-Fi

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Some members of the Carolina Hurricanes Storm Squad. You too could be one of "Stormy's Angels". Tryouts are next week. (file photo by Jamie Kellner.)

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:

Triangle Business Journal: Better Cellular Service coming to RBC

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:

Triangle Business Journal: Upgrade in glass will be safer for players

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:

Kids hockey fest coming to Roanoke Rapids - Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald: News

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.

Carolina Hurricanes Storm Squad tryout information and application