PNC Arena

PNC Arena
South Entrance in 2013
Former names Raleigh Entertainment & Sports Arena (1999–2002)
RBC Center (20022012)
Address 1400 Edwards Mill Road
Location Raleigh, North Carolina
Coordinates 35°48′12″N 78°43′19″W / 35.80333°N 78.72194°W / 35.80333; -78.72194Coordinates: 35°48′12″N 78°43′19″W / 35.80333°N 78.72194°W / 35.80333; -78.72194
Owner Centennial Authority
Operator Gale Force Sports & Entertainment
Capacity Basketball: 19,722[1]
Ice hockey: 18,680[1]
Concerts: 19,500
Field size 700,000 square feet (65,000 m2)
Surface Multi-surface
Broke ground July 22, 1997
Opened October 29, 1999
Renovated 2003, 2008-09, 2016
Construction cost $158 million
($232 million in 2017 dollars[2])
Architect Odell Associates, Inc.
Project manager McDevitt Street Bovis, Inc.[1]
Structural engineer Geiger Engineers[3]
General contractor Hensel Phelps Construction Co.[1]
Carolina Hurricanes (NHL) (1999–present)
NC State Wolfpack (ACC) (1999present)
Carolina Cobras (AFL) (20002002)

PNC Arena[4] (originally Raleigh Entertainment & Sports Arena and formerly the RBC Center) is an indoor arena, located in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Arena seats 19,722 for basketball,[1] and 18,680 for ice hockey,[1] including 59 suites, 13 loge boxes and 2,000 club seats. The building has three concourses and a 300-seat restaurant.

It is home to the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League and the NC State Wolfpack men's basketball team of NCAA Division I. The arena neighbors Carter–Finley Stadium, home of Wolfpack Football; the North Carolina State Fairgrounds; and Dorton Arena (on the Fairgrounds). The arena also hosted the Carolina Cobras of the Arena Football League from 2000 to 2002. It is the fourth-largest arena in the ACC (after the Carrier Dome, KFC Yum! Center, and the Dean Smith Center). Furthermore, it is the eighth-largest arena in the NCAA.


The idea of a new basketball arena to replace the Wolfpack's longtime home, Reynolds Coliseum, first emerged in the 1980s under the vision of Wolfpack coach Jim Valvano. In 1989, the NCSU Trustees approved plans to build a 23,000 seat arena. The Centennial Authority was created by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1995 as the governing entity of the arena, then financed by state appropriation, local contributions, and University fundraising. The Centennial Authority refocused the project into a multi-use arena, leading to the 1997 relocation agreement of the Hurricanes (then the Hartford Whalers). Construction began that year and was completed in 1999 with an estimated cost of $158 million, which was largely publicly financed by a Hotel and Restaurant tax. The Hurricanes agreed to pay $60 million of the cost, and the state of North Carolina paid $18 million. As part of the deal, the Hurricanes assumed operational control of the arena.

Known as the Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena (or ESA) from 1999 to 2002, it was renamed the RBC Center after an extended search for a corporate sponsor. RBC Bank, the US division of the Royal Bank of Canada, acquired 20-year naming rights for a reported $80 million. On June 19, 2011, it was announced that PNC Financial Services bought US assets of RBC Bank and acquired the naming rights to the arena pending approval by the regulatory agencies.[5] On December 15, 2011, the Centennial Authority, the landlord of the arena, approved a name change for the facility to PNC Arena.[6] The name change officially took place on March 15, 2012.[7] On a normal hockey day, PNC Arena has more than 400 people on duty for security and concessions.

Raleigh experienced its first NHL game on October 29, 1999, when the Hurricanes hosted the New Jersey Devils on the building's opening night. PNC Arena hosted games of both the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs and Finals; however, the Hurricanes lost in the final. On June 19, 2006, the Hurricanes were on home ice for a decisive game seven of the Stanley Cup Final, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 31 to bring the franchise its first Stanley Cup and North Carolina its first major professional sports championship. The arena hosted the playoffs again in 2009, with the Hurricanes losing in the Eastern Conference Finals.[8]


A ribbon board was installed in 2003 which encircles the arena bowl.[9] In 2008, the arena renovated its sound system. Clair Brothers Systems installed a combination of JBL line arrays to provide improved audio coverage for all events. In June 2009, video crews installed a new Daktronics HD scoreboard. It replaced the ten-year-old scoreboard that had been in the arena since its opening. The scoreboard is full LED and four-sided with full video displays, whereas the old scoreboard was eight-sided and four of those sides featured alternating static dot-matrix displays (very much outdated for today's standards). In addition, the scoreboard features an octagonal top section with full video capability, along with two rings above and below the main video screens; they are similar to the ribbon board encircling the arena.

In October 2015, architects met with the Centennial Authority to discuss a potential renovation which includes all-new entrances, a new rooftop restaurant and bar, covered tailgating sections, and moving the administrative offices elsewhere in the arena as a result. Project costs have not yet been decided, as the architects were given until May/June 2016 to come up with estimates. The Centennial Authority would have to approve the estimates before official voting on the project could begin.[10][11]

During the summer of 2016, the ribbon boards were upgraded and a second ribbon board was added to the upper level fascia. Static advertising signs inside the arena were replaced with LED video boards.

Notable Events

In addition to hockey and college basketball, PNC Arena hosts a wide array of concerts, family shows, and other events each year. Past performers include Bruce Springsteen, Cher, Eric Clapton, Taylor Swift, Billy Joel, Justin Timberlake, Big Time Rush, Elton John, Lady Gaga, One Direction, Celine Dion, George Strait, Bon Jovi, Keith Urban, and many other artists. Family shows have included Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Sesame Street Live, Disney On Ice, and the Harlem Globetrotters. The arena also hosted college hockey when the NC State Wolfpack hockey team played North Carolina on February 2nd, 2017.

PNC Arena hosted the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) men's basketball tournament from 1999 to 2008.

When known as the RBC Center, it hosted the 2005 Jeopardy College Championship with Peter Ellis representing North Carolina State University.

The arena was a site for Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2004, 2008, 2014, and 2016 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, respectively.

List of Concerts and events


One Tree Hill location shoot for the season 4 episode, "Some You Give Away". The Tree Hill Ravens were playing in the state championship game held at the arena.

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "PNC Arena: Info". Centennial Authority. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  2. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  3. "PNC Arena". Geiger Engineers. Archived from the original on December 20, 2010. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  4. Shaffer, Josh (March 16, 2012). "RBC Center Out; PNC Arena In". The News & Observer. Raleigh: The McClatchy Company. Archived from the original on April 30, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
  5. Ranii, David (June 20, 2011). "Goodbye RBC Center". The News & Observer. Raleigh: The McClatchy Company. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  6. deBruyn, Jason (January 25, 2012). "RBC Signs Coming Down at RBC Center". Triangle Business Journal. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
  7. "Hurricanes and PNC Bank to Introduce PNC Arena to Community on March 15" (Press release). Centennial Authority. February 23, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2013.


  • NCSU Athletics. RBC Center Retrieved July 12, 2004 from .
  • RBC Center: History. Retrieved July 12, 2004 from .
  • The Hockey News. 59.37 (2006): 6.
  • Live Sound: Clair Systems Revamps RBC Center Audio with JBL Loudspeakers. Retrieved May 15, 2009 from
  • RBC Center Gets New Scoreboard. Retrieved June 7, 2009 from
Events and tenants
Preceded by
Greensboro Coliseum
Home of the
Carolina Hurricanes

1999 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Home of the
Carolina Cobras

Succeeded by
Charlotte Coliseum
Preceded by
Petersen Events Center
Host of the
Jeopardy! College Championship

Succeeded by
Galen Center
Preceded by
Bell Centre
Host of the
NHL All-Star Game

Succeeded by
Scotiabank Place
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