John Brantley, the airport director, shuddered at the idea that thousands of hockey fans, corporate types and media could fly into RDU this week, arriving in a big new terminal that looked finished but was half empty.
So it was worth an extra half-million dollars, he says, to get the $570 million Terminal 2 completed and opened four weeks ahead of schedule -- in time for the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend.
So far, the new terminal designed by Denver architect Curt Fentress gets rave reviews from travelers and Triangle residents.
For visitors flying into RDU for the NHL All-Star Weekend events, here's how to find your way around Raleigh. And here's a schedule of events.
Let us know what you need while you're here.