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Canes interested in allowing higher capacity for fans following new Executive Order

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The Carolina Hurricanes announced today that due to a new executive order that loosened COVID-19 restrictions in the state, the team is interested in increasing their capacity of allowed fans.

Fans watch the opening video board display prior to the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Thursday, Mar. 18, 2021 in PNC Arena.
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Governor Roy Cooper announced a new Executive Order today stating that starting Friday, March 26 at 5 p.m., various COVID-19 restrictions will be loosened around the state due to the stabilization of the virus’ infection rate and exponential growth of the percentage of vaccinated adults.

One of the loosened restrictions included raising the capacity of indoor sporting arenas to 50%, up from the 15% allowed capacity that was put into effect March 2.

Due to this new order, the Carolina Hurricanes put out a statement saying that they are, “interested in increasing capacity, and will do so safely, following all local regulations and applicable National Hockey League protocols.”

With the new order, PNC Arena could see a maximum capacity of around 9,000-10,000 fans at most, but the need to social distance fans still may see that number a bit lower.

The Hurricanes next home game is Saturday, March 27, and the team has already opened up a very limited number of additional tickets due to the new order.

Moving forward, the team is sure to have a more concrete plan in place in regards to increased capacity and we will keep you updated with new information when it becomes available.

FULL STATEMENT:

“We’ve seen, heard and felt the impact that our Caniacs have had since we re-opened our doors earlier this month. We continue to be interested in increasing capacity, and will do so safely, following all local regulations and applicable National Hockey League protocols. We thank Governor Cooper and Dr. Cohen for their continued leadership and trust in us to provide a safe environment for our fans in PNC Arena.” - Don Waddell, President and General Manager