Sep 19, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — Hockey players and fans aren't the only ones on edge over the National Hockey League lockout – the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce says the city stands to lose millions in revenue if the Carolina Hurricanes don't hit the ice this season.
The lockout is especially tough on a mid-sized market like Raleigh, a city where the Hurricanes are its only professional sports franchise, says chamber President and CEO Harvey Schmitt.
Though the labor dispute is only in its first week, Schmitt is remembering the 2004 NHL lockout, when the Canes lost an entire season and millions of dollars.
Without hockey, the city misses out on revenue from ticket sales and concessions, spending at hotels and restaurants near PNC Arena and advertising.
"It can be the lost coverage we get as a market because our brand isn't out there," Schmitt said Tuesday.
More than that, Schmitt says, he and fans like him just miss the game.
"(During the) last lockout, I would stick my head in the freezer just to smell the ice," he said. "I miss the smell of the ice, the sounds of the ice."
As of Tuesday, no games have been canceled and the Canes are scheduled to play a full season. However, season ticket holders were notified this week that tickets won't be mailed until owners and players reach an agreement to end the lockout.
...AND BORING- Posted by firefly27616I am all for dropping the Hurricanes and bringing in a less expensive MLS team. The NHL is a joke, 2 lockouts in the last 10 years? Get rid of it in these parts.- Posted by packfan1752
MLS team, wow what a genius comment??? Shows how much you really understand about the area and the NHL game in general...here's some advice Son...stay away from the NHL game, it's far too complicated for ya!
OK, enough is enough. Perhaps the Canes will vacate the premesis and the Pack can schedule better times for home games. Wish they would go back to Reynolds myself, but that's not happening! In this economy? I would like to see these guys, players or owners, have to go out and get real jobs!- Posted by tayled