Canes general manager, NCSU chancellor discuss scheduling issues at PNC Arena

Staff writerJune 21, 2013 

— Carolina Hurricanes president and general manager Jim Rutherford and N.C. State chancellor Randy Woodson met Friday to discuss scheduling issues at PNC Arena.

"It was a good meeting and we'll continue to communicate and work on it," Rutherford said. "I don't want to characterize the meeting other than to say it was a good meeting. I'll leave it at that until we get to the point where both sides have an understanding that makes sense."

Gale Force Holdings, the company that owns the Hurricanes, operates the arena and is responsible for scheduling the team's NHL games as well as other events. N.C. State, the arena's prime tenant, has priority on scheduling its men's basketball games and fall commencement in PNC Arena.

Gale Force claimed NCSU put a hold on an excessive number of dates for football and basketball. N.C. State uses the parking areas around the arena for football games.

The Hurricanes had a June 1 deadline for submitting available home dates to the NHL for the 2013-2014 season. N.C. State said it would not receive its ACC conference schedule for next season until August or early September and needed to hold dates open for added scheduling flexibility.

The Centennial Authority, which oversees the operation of the arena, voted June 6 to request that Rutherford and Woodson meet to try and resolve the scheduling issues. Their meeting Friday was held at the authority's offices in PNC Arena.

Rutherford said a second meeting would be held within the next month.

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