Canes, Bulls Teams Up For Sell-Out on August 26th

Durham Bulls logo Canes, Bulls Teams Up For Sell-Out on August 26th

Diamonds and ice are synonymous, and the Durham Bulls used their baseball diamond last Friday night, August 26, 2005, to promote the Carolina Hurricanes return to the ice for the 05-06 season. The Canes used the Bulls game, and a standing room only crowd, for their “NHL Re-launch Event.”

First Pitch
The Hurricanes threw out the first pitch before the Bulls took on the Richmond Braves..
Bulls & Hurricanes
The Bulls & Hurricanes pose together for a pre-game shot.

Hurricanes players and coaches met with fans at Hurricanes ticket kiosks inside the ballpark before the game; then, the players, as a group, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at 7pm. The first 2,000 fans to enter the ballpark received a Hurricanes t-shirt and all fans exiting after the game picked up a 05-06 schedule poster.

Hurricanes Banner
A giant Hurricanes banner welcomed both baseball & hockey fans.

During the game, Bulls players donned customized red and black Bulls/Canes jerseys that will be auctioned for charity, and special in-game promotions focused on hockey.

Hurricanes season-ticket holders were first invited to the re-launch festivities in late July and had the opportunity to receive complimentary tickets to the game from the Hurricanes.

Ticket Booths
Fans could purchase Carolina Hurricanes
tickets at the re-launch event.
ice sculpture
An ice sculpture says it all:
“Here to Play, Here to Stay.”

“As hockey prepares for its return to the ice, the Hurricanes wanted to take an opportunity to thank our loyal fans for their support,” said Matt West, Hurricanes Vice President of Business Operations. “Many fans in the Triangle stood by our team during the work stoppage and deserve our appreciation. We are thankful to have a partner like the Bulls to help host this event.”

Prior to the game at the DBAP, Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, Jr. and CBC President and CEO Jim Goodmon hosted an invitation-only Welcome Back reception for Hurricanes’ suite holders, corporate partners and premier season-ticket holders at American Tobacco’s Bay 7.

Herald-Sun writer Mike Potter wrote about the Friday event and the Canes potentially tough road ahead in an article entitled “Hockey team’s top goal: Winning back the public” in the Saturday, August 27th edition of the paper. For the full text of the article, click here.

Thanks to CS’ George Habel for this capcom story & these capcom photos.

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