Stephen Henley, the executive director of the Raleigh Youth Hockey Association, has three boys of his own who play the sport and says he will be at the All-Star Game in Raleigh next weekend, but not everyone in his family will be able to go - they have just three tickets.
"We have seven in our family, so it's just a sacrifice we'll have to make for that day," Henley said.
"Yeah, it's way too expensive for a family of four," Cary resident Sarah Muscarela said.
Muscarela says she would have loved for her son Zack and her husband to enjoy the game live, but the high cost was a big reason why the family has decided they'll be staying home.
"I'm sure they'll be watching it all day long," she said.
Still, Henley says many of the families in his youth program are going.
"For a once in a lifetime experience, which is probably what this is, I guess you just have to decide as a family, is that worth it or not," he said.
The All-Star Game is a world-class sporting event, something Henley, a Canadian who moved to the states 12 years ago, says he would have never thought would be in the Triangle.
"If someone had told me back then that I'd be living in Raleigh, watching the Stanley Cup final, going to an All-Star game, I would have probably told them they were crazy," Henley said. "It's phenomenal, it's fantastic."
And there will be plenty of All-Star related activities to do next weekend in Raleigh. For more details click here.