Media Policies and Guidelines
Media Credentials Policy
Media credentials are issued to working media only. All credentials are non-transferable, and any unauthorized use will subject bearer to ejection from PNC Arena and confiscation of the credential. Credentials are good for admittance to the arena, press box, press dining room and both locker rooms.
Media credentials are divided into two categories: full-season and single-game. Season media passes will be issued to recognized newspapers, magazines, television and established radio stations completing our formal request form. Send a request for the form to Mike Sundheim via email or via fax at (919) 462-0123. A media credential cannot be used to sit in spectator seating areas.
Single-game credentials should be requested via email to either Mike Sundheim or Kyle Hanlin at least 24 hours prior to game time.
Photo credentials will be issued on a priority basis to daily publications, wire services, team photographers or national publications on specific assignments only.
Credentials may be picked up on the day of the game up to 2.5 hours prior to game time. The media entrance is located on the South side of PNC Arena (facing Carter-Finley Stadium), between the VIP Entrance and the Box Office.
Prior to most Hurricanes home games, the team will hold a morning skate at PNC Arena at 10:30 a.m. Media are asked to gather in section 105 behind the Hurricanes team bench for morning skates, where game notes, statistics and news clippings will be available in printed form. Wireless internet is available in all media areas of PNC Arena. Please consult Mike Sundheim or Kyle Hanlin for access and passwords.
Hurricanes’ practices are open to the public and all media. You should, however, verify times and location. Hurricanes’ practices that are not at PNC Arena will be held at Raleigh Center Ice in Raleigh, N.C.
For PNC Arena practices, media are asked to gather in section 105, behind the Hurricanes bench, to watch practice and gain access to the locker room at the conclusion of the on-ice session. Statistics and news clippings will also be available in printed form for all non-game-day practices.
Raleigh Center Ice is located at 912 Hodges Street in Raleigh. Media covering practices at RCI may view the session from the glassed-in media room, located on the far right end of the rink as you enter from the main lobby. Wireless internet is available, as well as printed statistics and news clippings.
The Hurricanes may open their locker room to the media two hours prior to all home games for a 10-minute window of availability, upon request.
Full-season media will be issued general media parking passes. The East (black) lot is closest to the media entrance, which is between the VIP entrance and the Box Office on the South end of the building. Television crews will be allowed to park just outside the security entrance. However, there will only be space for one truck per station.
The Hurricanes do not have single-game parking passes, but media displaying single-game credentials to parking attendants will be allowed to park in the East (black) lot.
Media possessing credentials are invited to enjoy a meal before each game in the press room. The room opens two and a half hours before game time. Dining room usage is limited to those presenting valid Hurricanes or NHL Team Management passes. It is prohibited to allow family members, friends or guests into the press room without a valid credential. Our fine press meal costs $10.
A complete set of press notes and additional materials are available for all working media at the morning skate and in the media dining room. Notes and other materials will also be available in the press box before and during the game.
The press box is located at the top floor (5) of PNC Arena and is accessible via the press elevator. In keeping with accepted media decorum and practices, cheering is not permitted in the Hurricanes press box.
In-game notes are delivered to all radio and television broadcasters, as well as all media located in the press box, throughout the game. Post-game notes will also be distributed, in the press room and electronically.
Both locker rooms will be opened five minutes after the teams leave the ice following the game. After the team’s player availability, Hurricanes Head Coach Kirk Muller will hold a post-game news conference in the Media Room. Written quotes from both Kirk Muller and the visiting coach, in addition to game statistics, will be provided to the media. The officials’ locker room is off-limits to the media. Should a comment or interpretation from the game’s referee or NHL supervisor be needed, a pool reporter may be assigned.
The Hurricanes distribute audio of the coach and player post-game availability electronically following all games, home and away. To receive the audio, please ask Mike Sundheim or Kyle Hanlin to be added to our email distribution lists. Audio is also available via the Hurricanes office Twitter (@NHLCanes) and on the team’s PR blog, CanesPR.com.
Media are prohibited from entering the medical room and shower area within the Hurricanes’ and visiting locker rooms.