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Carolina Wants to Sell Seats

from the News & Observer,
With its entire building almost sold out on season tickets alone, the Tampa Bay Lightning will hold a lottery for the final 1,000 tickets for its Oct. 5 opening game against the Carolina Hurricanes -- just to make sure a few tickets are available to the general public to see the Lightning raise its Stanley Cup banner. For the Hurricanes' home opener two days later against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Canes are offering a two-for-one deal on blocks of 20 tickets or more to sponsors and community groups. It's one of a number of promotions by the hockey team, which is trying to rebuild its fan base and generate ticket sales after the NHL lockout wiped out the 2004-05 season. "We'd love to have more activity, but the activity is very strong," Hurricanes vice president Matt West said. Jim Rutherford, the team's president and general manager, would say only that ticket sales have been "very consistent for the last six weeks."

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