RALEIGH — The Carolina Hurricanes unveiled the logo for the upcoming All-Star Game Monday.
The team held a press conference on the 23rd floor of the RBC Plaza building in downtown Raleigh to show off the logo, which was designed by the league.
This weekend, a 5,000-square foot rendering of the logo will be displayed near the top of the building, visible to those attending the annual Raleigh Wide Open festival, which is Saturday.
"As each week goes by, it becomes more and more real for our fans," said Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford.
The Hurricanes host the 2011 All-Star Game on on Jan. 30.
The logo, Rutherford noted, has a footprint shaped like the Hurricanes' logo.
Asked if there would be tickets for the game made available to the general public, Rutherford said he wasn't sure.
"That's too early to tell," he said. "The people that will get first dibs on the tickets will be season ticket holders, and if season ticket holders don't buy out all of the tickets, along with the allotment that goes to the league because the league uses between 6,000 and 8,000, then at some point in time, there would be some tickets that would go on public sale, but I can't guarantee that's going to happen."
Rutherford said the number of season ticket holders has only been higher after the bump from the team capturing the Stanley Cup in 2006. He said he thought that's a result of both the All-Star Game and also excitement over a young Hurricanes team that will take the ice this season.
"I think it's a little bit of both," he said.
Rutherford expected the local business community to get a more substantial financial bump than the team.
But the Hurricanes will get revenue from the sale of All-Star Game-related merchandise up to a month before the game. Rutherford wasn't sure how much that would amount to.
"It depends on how much you want to buy," he joked with a reporter.
Rutherford was also asked if owner Peter Karmanos, who is seeking to sell a share of the team, had anything new to report on that front.
“I talked to Karmanos this morning,” said Rutherford. “There’s not any update.”