PRESS RELEASE: Hurricanes and PNC Arena Partner with K2 Solutions, Inc.

Canine teams will search the Arena property and interact with guests during events 

(RALEIGH, NC) – Don Waddell, President of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes and Gale Force Sports & Entertainment, today announced that the team and PNC Arena have entered into a partnership with K2 Solutions, Inc. (K2) of Southern Pines, NC. The agreement makes K2 Solutions Inc. an Official Partner of the Carolina Hurricanes and PNC Arena.

The partnership will begin July 11, 2017, in support of “The Total Package Tour,” featuring New Kids on the Block with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men. Guests attending this concert and future events at PNC Arena will see K2’s Person-Borne™ Explosive Detection Dogs (PB-EDD) on-site. Canine teams will search the Arena property and interact with guests as they enter and exit the venue. K2 will be using Labrador retrievers and other sporting breeds, which are family-friendly.

“Our guest experience is our utmost priority,” said Waddell. “The canine teams will enhance our safety and security measures already in place and help ensure guests feel safe while attending events at PNC Arena. We are excited to partner with K2 due to their experience and highly regarded credentials.”

The PB-EDD canines are trained to detect the chemical scent trail of explosives on a moving person. The Department of Homeland Security recently awarded the “SAFETY Act Developmental Testing and Evaluation Designation Seal” to K2’s PB-EDD Technology.

“K2 is excited to partner with PNC Arena and the Carolina Hurricanes in serving their guests,” said CEO, Lane Kjellsen. “We’re convinced that this in-state coalition will continue to strengthen our relationship with organizations in Raleigh and the greater NC community, the Hurricanes and the NHL as a whole.

“We are thankful for the opportunity to support the Carolina Hurricanes in further improving their already advanced security posture. We look forward to using PNC Arena as an additional training venue to continue to train our teams in support of other large-venue clients throughout the U.S. with augmented security operations.”

For information on upcoming PNC Arena events, please visit www.ThePNCArena.com

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About K2 Solutions

K2 Solutions, Inc. is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned company providing global clients precise security solutions through innovative applications, modernization of products and services, and a dedication to research, development, testing, & evaluation. We operate at the forefront of the global defense and threat mitigation arena for the United States and its Allies. Our subject matter expertise includes special operation forces, intelligence, canine detection, information technology & security, and logistics with a goal of protecting freedoms worldwide.

About Carolina Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes were established in Raleigh in 1997 after relocating from Connecticut, where the National Hockey League franchise was originally founded in 1979. Since their arrival in North Carolina, the Hurricanes have captured three division championships, two Eastern conference titles and the 2006 Stanley Cup championship. The team also hosted the 2004 NHL Draft and the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend at PNC Arena, where it plays its home games. Individual-game tickets for all 41 of the Hurricanes’ regular-season home games are sold at the PNC Arena Box Office and via Ticketmaster. For information on Hurricanes ticket packages, please call 1-866-NHL-CANES, or visit CarolinaHurricanes.com.

About PNC Arena

Home to the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL) and North Carolina State University men’s basketball program, PNC Arena is a multi-purpose sports and entertainment arena that hosts more than 1.5 million guests and over 150 events each year. PNC Arena opened in October 1999 and accommodates 20,000 based on the event configuration. The arena is owned by the Centennial Authority and managed by Gale Force Sports & Entertainment. PNC Arena (www.ThePNCArena.com) is located in Raleigh, NC.

Additional Media Coverage:

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nhl/article160535089.html

http://www.wral.com/pnc-arena-hires-firm-to-provide-bomb-sniffing-k9s/16811912/

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