Here's what you need to know for Carolina Hurricanes opening night at PNC Arena

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Fans flock to Canes opener as State Fair gets underway. Michael Perchick reports.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- The Canes are back and ready to tear up the ice at PNC for a sold-out crowd.

Last year, the Carolina Hurricanes began the season with an empty arena and a team ravaged by COVID-19. By March, easing capacity limits allowed some fans back into the arena, and by the playoffs in May, 12,000 fans took their seats.

Thursday's sold-out game could feel bizarre to those who haven't fought a crowd for 20 months. Here's what you need to know about parking, COVID-19 protocols, tickets, bag policy, tailgating, and the pre-game party.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The game starts at 7 p.m.


Be aware that it's also the first night of the North Carolina State Fair, so traffic will be a problem. ABC11's Kim Deaner will be watching the roads at 5:30 p.m., but Carolina Hurricanes staff recommend that fans carpool if possible and arrive early.

Lots will open at 4 p.m. and will be accessible from Edwards Mill Rd. or Westchase Blvd.

COVID-19 Protocols

All attendees must wear a 2-ply face mask indoors. A list of acceptable and unacceptable face coverings is available online.

All fans must also fill out a COVID-19 survey before arrival.

Tailgating and Partying

Tailgating will be allowed up to three hours before the game. Before Thursday's game, the Hurricanes will host a Party on the Plaza with drinks, a DJ, photos and a red carpet.

Tickets and Bags

Canes staff will be accepting mobile tickets only.

Clear bags will be allowed in the arena--except for diaper bags and medically necessary bags--but all will have to go through an x-ray machine. Small clutches no larger than 6.5 inches will be allowed in as well, but will have to be searched.

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