NC sales tax to affect Canes tickets

calexander@newsobserver.comDecember 20, 2013 

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The sun sets over PNC arena before an NHL gamebetween the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Islanders at the in Raleigh on Nov. 7, 2013.

CHRIS SEWARD — cseward@newsobserver.com

The Carolina Hurricanes have informed season-ticket holders that a new 6.75-percent North Carolina sales tax on sporting and live entertainment events would go into effect Jan. 1, 2014 and would affect pricing moving forward.

In an emailed letter, the team said the sales tax on tickets would not affect regular-season ticket sales for the 2013-2014 season but would first go into effect should the team qualify for the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Ticket pricing has not been determined by the team for potential playoff games this year or for the 2014-2015 season. The Hurricanes said those ticket prices, once set, would be tax-inclusive.

The letter noted that for the past 10 years the Hurricanes have “vigorously fought” against a state sales tax on sporting and live entertainment events.

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