|The south side of the PNC Arena in Raleigh
Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena (1999–2002)
|1400 Edwards Mill Road Raleigh , North Carolina 27607
|Gale Force Sports & Entertainment
|start of building
|July 22, 1997
|October 29, 1999
|October 29, 1999
Carolina Hurricanes - New Jersey Devils 2: 4
|158 million US dollars
|Odell & Partners
|19,722 seats (basketball)
18,680 seats (ice hockey)
19,500 seats (concert, central stage)
18,800 seats (concert, final stage)
The PNC Arena is a multi-purpose arena in the US city of Raleigh , North Carolina . The arena is the home of the hockey team Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL and the men's college basketball teams of the North Carolina State University , the NC State Wolfpack and the NCAA , Division I play. Between 2000 and 2002 the Carolina Cobras from the Arena Football League also played their home games here.
In the immediate vicinity of the arena are the Carter-Finley Stadium (home of the NCAA college football team of the NC State Wolfpack ), the exhibition grounds of the state, North Carolina State Fair , and the Dorton Arena .
The idea of a new basketball arena was born in the 1980s by the Wolfpack coach Jim Valvano, who has since passed away . In 1989 the administration of the university approved the construction of an arena with 23,000 seats. The North Carolina government established the Centennial Authority to manage and operate the facility, funded by state, local and university donations. Instead of a pure basketball arena, a multifunctional arena was created. a. was favored due to the Hartford Whalers' relocation plans to Raleigh. The foundation stone was laid in 1997 and construction was completed in 1999. The construction costs amounted to 158 million US dollars , financed in large part by a hotel and restaurant tax. In addition, the Hurricanes contributed $ 20 million and the state of North Carolina $ 18 million in the construction costs. As part of the opening on October 29 of that year, the NHL game of the Hurricanes against the New Jersey Devils took place. Carolina lost the game 2-4 goals.
From the opening until 2002, the arena was called Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena (ESA), but the search for a name sponsor who wanted to acquire the naming rights for the arena was long . This was found in 2002 in the RBC Centura , the US branch of the Royal Bank of Canada , which acquired the naming rights for 20 years and 80 million US dollars. After that the arena was called the RBC Center . RBC Centura was taken over by PNC Financial Services on June 19, 2011 , so on March 15, 2012 it was renamed PNC Arena .
The arena can hold up to 19,722 spectators for basketball games and 18,680 spectators for ice hockey games. Depending on the stage configuration, there is space for up to 19,500 visitors at concerts. 66 luxury suites and 2,000 club seats are available for affluent spectators. The building has a total of three floors and houses a restaurant with 500 seats. 8,000 parking spaces are available around the arena.
The Carolina Hurricanes' home game against the Washington Capitals on April 3, 2006
The arena during an NC State Wolfpack basketball game against the Virginia Tech Hokies in 2008
- thepncarena.com: Official website (English)
- gopack.com: PNC Arena on the NC State Wolfpack website (English)
- setlist.fm: concert list of the Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena , RBC Center and the PNC Arena (English)