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PNC Arena
RBC Center
Location 1400 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
Broke ground July 22, 1997
Opened October 29, 1999
Owner Centennial Authority
Operator Gale Force Sports & Entertainment
Construction cost $158 million
Architect Odell
Former names Raleigh Entertainment & Sports Arena (1999–2002)
Tenants Carolina Hurricanes (NHL) (1999-present)
NC State Wolfpack (Atlantic Coast Conference) (Men's Basketball)
Capacity Basketball: 19,722
Ice hockey: 18,680

The PNC Arena (originally the Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena and then the RBC Center) is an indoor arena located in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is home to the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL and the North Carolina State University Wolfpack men's basketball team of NCAA Division I. The arena also hosted the Carolina Cobras of the Arena Football League from 2000 to 2002. The arena neighbors Carter-Finley Stadium, home of Wolfpack Football; the North Carolina State Fairgrounds; and Dorton Arena (on the Fairgrounds).

The arena seats 19,722 for basketball or 18,680 for ice hockey, including 75 luxury suites and 2,000 club seats. The building has three concourses, and includes a 500-seat restaurant. It is the second largest arena in the ACC and the tenth-largest in the NCAA.

HistoryEdit

The idea of a new basketball arena first emerged in the 1980s under the vision of Wolfpack head coach Jim Valvano. In 1989, the NCSU Trustees approved plans to build a 23,000 seat arena. The Centennial Authority was created by the NC Legislature 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 $20 million of the cost, and the state of North Carolina paid $18 million.

RBC Center Concourse

One of the main concourses inside the RBC Center.

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 RBC Bank and acquired the naming rights to the arena pending approval by the regulatory agencies.[1] On December 15, 2011, it was announced that the Centennial Authority, the landlord of the arena, approved a name change for the facility to PNC Arena.[2] The name change officially took place on March 15, 2012.[3]

On October 29, 1999, Raleigh, North Carolina experienced its first NHL game when the Carolina Hurricanes hosted the New Jersey Devils on opening night of the ESA. The Carolina Hurricanes were on home ice for a decisive game 7 when they won the Stanley Cup on June 19, 2006 against the Edmonton Oilers, 3–1, bringing North Carolina its first major professional sports championship.



Preceded by
Greensboro Coliseum
Home of the
Carolina Hurricanes

1999 – present
Succeeded by
current
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