Updated 09/24/2012 06:47 PM
NHL Lockout has wide ranging impact
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RALEIGH-- From Twitter to Facebook, hockey lovers are sharing their frustrations on yet another NHL lockout.
"It's what I do from October to June, and the fact that they're doing this, what am supposed to do?" said season ticket holder Leigh Leclair.
Hockey blogger and 10 year Hurricanes Season Ticket holder Leigh Leclair is taking the lack of play personally.
"They're pushing the limits of our patience, and I'm beginning think we're going to run out of patience every 5 years,” Leclair said.
Already the inability to negotiate has canceled Carolina Hurricanes pre-season games.
Season ticket holders received this letter from the franchise, offering a three percent simple interest rate on their ticket accounts. But Cainiacs say that's not what they're looking for.
"It's frustrating. They're taking my money and not giving me my product. And I'm not going to ask for it back because that's not fair to the people in the front office who this isn't their fault, it's not fair to the people who work concessions it's not fair to the people who park us," Leclair said.
And the lockout is also affecting those that depend on the games, from full and part-time workers, fundraisers and area businesses, especially hotels and restaurants across the street from the arena.
"We buy less products from local venues, you know less food, less beverages, so all around we're buying less and doing less, so unfortunate we're not going to hit our goals that we would normally expect on these game days,” said Backyard Bistro Manager Stephanie Iannella.
PNC Arena uses around 700 part-timers for every game.
"They work here part time to make money and right now there's not a lot of opportunities to make a lot of money because we don't have a lot of events going on," said PNC Arena General Manager Dave Olsen.
And while executives are taking a temporary differed pay-cut, everyone's hopeful and eager for a resolution.
"I think in the big picture they're optimistic that the lockout will get resolve, we'll start playing and it will be a good season, Olsen added.
Restaurants like Backyard Bistro said they did hire extra staff for hockey season, and PNC Arena hopes to rotate part-time employees to work other events.
Officials with the Carolina Hurricanes tell us they will make another ticket announcement later in the week.