A hockey game at Carter-Finley Stadium could become a reality for the 2020-21 season. In taking the next step toward making it happen, the Carolina Hurricanes have requested funding from the Centennial Authority, which is PNC Arena’s landlord.
The team already has a financial commitment from the Raleigh Visitors Bureau for at least $125,000 and is seeking at least $200,000 from the Centennial Authority. That funding will be necessary before the NHL will approve a game, though it doesn’t seem like it’s going to require hard negotiating.
The Centennial Authority chairman is quoted in the above-linked article noting that anything benefiting the Hurricanes tends to benefit the arena, so he sounds like he’s on board. The authority could vote on the funding in April.
If that goes as planned, a Hurricanes game could be scheduled for some time in February 2021 at Carter-Finley Stadium. NHL officials already have been given an idea of what that would look like.