NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman this week paid a visit to Raleigh, the capital city of North Carolina, and indicated the Carolina Hurricanes might be in line to host an outdoor game in the near future. Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon has been seeking a potential game in either the Winter Classic or Stadium Series.
Bettman took a walking tour of Carter-Finley Stadium, the home of NC State Wolfpack Football on Tuesday, according to the Raleigh News and Observer. While Bettman ruled out playing the game in 2019-20 the chances of Carter-Finley hosting a match in 2020-21 is possible.
“I don’t want to mislead anybody or say anything or promise anything until I’m sure,” Bettman told the News and Observer. “We have some more work to do, we have a variety of arrangements to make. As important as anything else, if we decide we want to do it, I have to make sure it’s OK with NC State.”
Last weekend’s Stadium Series matchup in Philadelphia between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers drew over 69,000 fans to Lincoln Financial Field. Carter-Finley Stadium seats 57,000 for football but would likely seat more for an NHL game.