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It's OK to wear red

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As all three Triangle teams gear up for the NCAA tournament, the Carolina Hurricanes are focusing on trying to make the postseason. 

But the Hurricanes are also quietly trying to change an odd perception, that the team and franchise is somehow connected to North Carolina State University. 

"There's sort of stigma about coming out to the arena that N.C. State calls home, putting on red and cheering for the home team," said Director of Ticket Sales P. J. Avetta. 

Avetta is a UNC graduate and says he knows first-hand that some fans who wear blue aren't very fond of wearing red, the same red worn by Wolfpack fans.

Has there ever been a thought of changing the colors? 

"Absolutely not. The Hurricanes are always going to be red, black and white," Avetta answered.

But they have quietly come out with a campaign called "It's OK to Wear Red."

There's even a web page with prominent former Tar Heels letting you know there's nothing wrong with it.

"One thing that came to my mind is there are an awful lot of prisoners in orange jump suits who share the same building but we're not assuming that they're in cahoots with one another or that they like each other," said sports radio host David Glenn.

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that so many State and Carolina fans had to be converts to hockey.

"But as a business, the Carolina Hurricanes have to deal with perception and even if it's a ridiculous perception," Glenn added.

"I won't go as far to say it's ridiculous. Certainly it's a deeply engrained passion that a lot of Carolina fans have and similarly there are not a lot of State fans who are going to wear Carolina blue," Avetta said.

The Hurricanes say the perception isn't hurting ticket sales. Last year the team had more season ticket holders than ever before and they're on pace to set attendance marks this year.

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