Power Play: National Hockey League & City of Raleigh Partners Announce Three-Day All-Star Fan Festival
Tuesday, December 07, 2010, 7pm
POWER PLAY: NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE AND CITY OF RALEIGH PARTNERS
ANNOUNCE THREE-DAY ALL-STAR FAN FESTIVAL
in Adrenalized Winter Wonderland, Headlined by Three Doors Down
Hockey League (NHL) and the Carolina Hurricanes to celebrate the arrival of the 2011 NHL®
All-Star Weekend, Jan. 28-30.
The "all-star" line-up will feature not only hockey's best, but a free Friday night show at the
Downtown Raleigh Amphitheater from the multi-platinum Three Doors Down. The band's debut
sold more than six million albums and produced the smash, "Krypotnite." Its album, "Seventeen
Days," debuted at Number One on Billboard's album chart.
NHL All-Star Wide Open will include the following, all adding up to Raleigh's biggest sports
- NHL Fan FairTM: An hockey fan festival featuring interactive games and attractions,
special appearances, Hockey Hall of Fame trophy and memorabilia displays, live TV and
radio broadcasts, pin trading and trading card zones, music, food, official NHL All-Star
merchandise and dozens of other dynamic activities in the Raleigh Convention Center
(Friday-Sunday, Jan. 28-30).
- All-Star Live @ the Amphitheater: A series of free concerts from regional and
international acts featuring Three Doors Down (Friday-Saturday, Jan. 28-29). The
amphitheater is one of many ‘zones' open to sponsors and bustling with activity.
- All-Star Streets: A street party on Fayetteville and Cabarrus Streets in the style of the
popular Raleigh Wide Open spectaculars (Friday-Saturday, Jan. 28-29).
- All-Star 5K: A charity 5K run/walk through Raleigh, starting and ending at the RBC
Center, to benefit the Carolina Hurricanes Kids ‘N Community Foundation (Saturday,
Speaking at the ice rink in City Plaza, a focal point of NHL All-Star Wide Open, Mayor Charles
Meeker said, "With this all-star partnership, we've scored a huge win for the region. The NHL
All-Star game is about celebrating the best, and that's what we're delivering for international,
national and regional fans to enjoy and buzz about for years to come."
Wake County Commission Chair Paul Coble added, "NHL All-Star Wide Open will not only
remind Wake and Triangle residents why this is such an exciting place to live, but introduce
thousands of visitors to our region's unique energy and resources."
"NHL Fan Fair and NHL All-Star Wide Open will give all fans a chance to be part of the All-Star
excitement," said Don Renzulli, NHL Senior Vice President of Events. "There will be no shortage
of programming, attractions and activities for fans of all ages."
Meeker, Coble and Renzulli promised more surprises to come. "We are confident this market
will be an outstanding host for All-Star Weekend. This event is further proof of how the
community has embraced our team and our sport," said Carolina Hurricanes President Jim
Rutherford in a written statement.
Equally enthusiastic is the street party's presenting sponsor, RBC Bank, which is headquartered
in downtown Raleigh. "We're proud to be the presenting sponsor of NHL All-Star Wide Open,
just as we're proud of our downtown headquarters, our many area branches and our partnership
with the Carolina Hurricanes and local youth hockey programs," said Blake Coules, RBC's
Senior Vice President of the Asset Resolution Group and Real Estate Markets. "RBC Bank is
thrilled to be part of this exciting time for the Triangle."
Expected to draw revved-up guests from near and far, All-Star Wide Open is being planned and
promoted by the NHL, the City of Raleigh and Wake County Government, the Carolina
Hurricanes, the Raleigh Convention Center, the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors
Bureau, the Greater Raleigh Sports Council, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and
the Downtown Raleigh Alliance. Additional key host partners for NHL All-Star Weekend include
the Centennial Authority, the State of North Carolina, the Cary Chamber of Commerce and
Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
Stay tuned for announcements of more NHL All-Star Wide Open attractions, sponsors and
The 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover will mark the first time Carolina has hosted
NHL All-Star activities. The League's mid-season spectacular will take place Saturday, January
29 and Sunday, January 30 and will include Honda NHL SuperSkills® and the 58th NHL All-Star
Game presented by Discover at RBC Center. Live television coverage of both nights will be
provided by VERSUS in the U.S. and CBC and RDS in Canada. The Honda NHL SuperSkills®
will begin at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, and the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover
will start at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday.
More About NHL Fan FairTM
NHL Fan FairTM, the official NHL fan festival for the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend, will come to
the Raleigh Convention Center, January 28 to 30. Occupying more than 150,000 square feet of
the Convention Center, NHL Fan Fair will offer hockey fans of all ages three fun-filled days of
interactive games and attractions, special appearances, Hockey Hall of Fame trophy and
memorabilia displays, live TV and radio broadcasts, pin trading and trading card zones, music,
food, official NHL All-Star merchandise and dozens of other dynamic activities.
NHL Fan Fair will open to the public on Friday, Jan. 28, from 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Saturday, Jan.
29, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tickets purchased in
advance will be $8 for adults and children. Tickets at the door will be $10 per person. Children
under the age of two will admitted for free. Once inside, fans may enjoy all the attractions for no
additional cost. For more information, visit www.NHL.com/FanFair
More About All-Star 5K
On Saturday, Jan. 29, the Carolina Hurricanes and the NHL will team up for the NHL All-Star 5K
charity run/walk. The spectator-friendly race will loop around the RBC Center, starting at 9 a.m.
The race is open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities and will benefit the Carolina
Hurricanes Kids ‘N Community Foundation. For more information, visit www.ncraces.com.
NHL, the NHL Shield and NHL SuperSkills word mark are registered trademarks and NHL Fan Fair is a
trademark of the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on the NHL and NHL Fan Fair, contact:
Nirva Milord / NHL
For more information on NHL All-Star Wide Open, please contact:
Billy Warden (919.412.0630) or Greg Behr (919.272.5621)