Raleigh - November 23, 2011
Let’s talk turkey. While we Canadians may have already feasted on our traditional Thanksgiving bird back in October, our American neighbors are just getting to it now. The good news for all Hurricane-supporting members of Raleigh is that they never have to wait for the holiday season to roll around to chow on a massive turkey leg – they just have to make it out to a ‘Canes game. While the Bell Centre may boast its share of hot dogs and nachos, the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina has been serving up giant Flinstone-esque turkey legs for years. Roughly the size of a football, this hunk of meat checks in at 1,050 calories. Truly the carnivore’s sporting snack of choice.
Pre-game festivities at the RBC Center revolve around arguably some of the best tailgating in the NHL. While the party is supposed to officially kick off about three hours before the start of a match, it’s not a rare sight to see beers cracked and barbeques fired up long before then. No strange looks were tossed our way when we wandered up to the first tent we saw wearing suits instead of Hurricanes jerseys. Instead, the only question we were asked was in the true spirit of the American holiday season was, “You boys hungry?” Inside the arena the crowd was warmed up before the pre-game skate with the classic A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving playing on jumbotron for all the early arrivals to enjoy.