We all assumed the 15% would be based on the hockey capacity of 18,680 and all the articles from last week mentioned 2,802 as the attendance cap. But Luke’s article today notes that the cap is based on the Canes highest ever attendance, 19,495, including standing room, for game 4 of the 2019 Islanders series.Maniscalco keeps talking about 2,924 in the building. If that’s the case, they’re basing the 15% off the basketball capacity of 19,722, not the hockey capacity of 18,680.
Luke’s article today also mentioned that arena GM Dave Olsen told the arena authority that he expected 8 weeks to prep for opening. He got 8 days.So a few things if any of you are planning to go to games:
* Unless you just love prepackaged Turkey wraps, chicken salad sandwiches, or the bags of chips and candy at the C store, you better eat before the game. That was all there was to eat. No hot or cooked food of any sort is being sold. No hot dogs, no pizza, no pretzels, or popcorn or nachos. Just those 2 cold prepackaged options.
* I'm sure they are working out the kinks, but even with limited attendance it took quite a while to get in the door.
* The big scoreboard wasn't fully functional (was not showing score or penalties)
* The noise they pump into the arena was annoying from the puck drop and got more annoying as the game progressed.
Despite all of that it was nice to be back in the building. While the seats we have are in theory an 'upgrade' (sitting in lower level South upper rows vs. our regular seats in Lower level North upper rows) I missed my regular seats and much prefer them.
They had been running a skeleton crew focused entirely on team operations and basic security and had to transition to a scaled down "normal" gameday operation in those 8 days. I'd say it's about half a miracle that they pulled it off at all. Dave Olsen is under-appreciated in the best of times, right now he might be criminally so.Luke’s article today also mentioned that arena GM Dave Olsen told the arena authority that he expected 8 weeks to prep for opening. He got 8 days.
Yeah, he was pretty good again. His rebound control got pretty sketchy and (as always) he made a few curious decisions outside of his crease ... but the kid can stop the puck well enough, and he's a battler. He's been around the system so long it's sort of like watching your own kid grow up and improve in their given sport.I thought Ned made 2-3 first class saves that allowed the Canes to stay in it. A couple of breakaway saves were really solid.