South Entrance in 2013
|Former names||Raleigh Entertainment & Sports Arena (1999–2002)|
RBC Center (2002–2012)
|Address||1400 Edwards Mill Road|
|Location||Raleigh, North Carolina|
|Operator||Gale Force Sports & Entertainment|
|Capacity|| Basketball: 19,722+ |
Ice hockey: 18,176 (1999-2011) 18,680+
Concerts: 19,500+(varies on setup)
|Field size||700,000 square feet (65,000 m2)|
|Scoreboard||Side Screens 47’ by 25’ |
End Screens 27’ by 25’
Underbelly Screens 10’ by 20’Static signage 8’ by 20’
|Broke ground||July 22, 1997|
|Opened||October 29, 1999|
|Renovated||2003, 2008–09, 2016, 2018-19|
|Construction cost|| $158 million|
($238 million in 2018, adjusted for inflation. )
|Architect||Odell Associates, Inc.|
|Project manager||McDevitt Street Bovis, Inc.|
|Structural engineer||Geiger Engineers|
|General contractor||Hensel Phelps Construction Co.|
| Carolina Hurricanes (NHL) (1999–present)|
NC State Wolfpack (ACC) (1999–present)
Carolina Cobras (AFL) (2000–2002)
PNC Arena(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 and 18,680 for ice hockey, including 59 suites, 13 loge boxes and 2,000 club seats. The building has three concourses and a 300-seat restaurant.
PNC Arena 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) and 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 then-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 then-Hartford Whalers, who would become the Carolina Hurricanes. 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.On December 15, 2011, the Centennial Authority, the landlord of the arena, approved a name change for the facility to PNC Arena. The name change officially took place on March 15, 2012. On a normal hockey day, PNC Arena has more than 400 people on duty for security and concessions.
The arena has also seen use in fictional media, as a season four episode of The CW series One Tree Hill saw the Tree Hill High School Ravens playing a NCHSAA championship game in the venue.
Raleigh experienced its first NHL game on October 29, 1999, when the Hurricanes hosted the New Jersey Devils on the building's opening night. The first playoff series at the Entertainment and Sports Arena were held in 2001 when the hurricanes hosted the Devils in games 3, 4, and 6, of the 2001 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the Hurricanes lost in 6. the ESA (By then the renamed RBC center) 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 3–1 to bring the franchise its first Stanley Cup and North Carolina its first and only major professional sports championship. The arena hosted the playoffs again in 2009, with the Hurricanes losing in the Eastern Conference Finals.In 2019, the arena hosted playoff hockey for the first time in 10 years, with fans setting a single-game record attendance of 19,495 in game 4 of the second round vs the Islanders.
Attendance numbers come from press numbers from ESPN, the PNC Arena, the Raleigh News and Observer, as well as Hockey Reference.com. Italics represent playoff games.
|May 3, 2019||New York Islanders||W (5–2)||19,495||1|
|April 18, 2019||Washington Capitals||W (2–1)||19,202||2|
|May 2, 2019||New York Islanders||W (5–2)||19,066||3|
|June 8, 2002||Detroit Red Wings||OTL (2–3)||18,982||4|
|June 19, 2006||Edmonton Oilers||W (3–1)||18,978||5|
|April 22, 2019||Washington Capitals||W (5–2)||18,913||6|
|May 8, 2009||Boston Bruins||W (4–1)||18,878||7|
|May 23, 2009||Pittsburgh Penguins||L (2–6)||18,789||8|
|April 15, 2019||Washington Capitals||W (5–0)||18,783||9|
|May 14, 2019||Boston Bruins||L (1–2)||18,768||10|
A ribbon board was installed in 2003 which encircles the arena bowl.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 in 1999. The scoreboard was full LED and four-sided with full video displays, whereas the previous scoreboard was eight-sided; four of those sides featured alternating static dot-matrix displays (very much outdated for today's standards). In addition, the scoreboard featured an octagonal top section with full video capability, along with two rings above and below the main video screens; they were similar to the ribbon board encircling the arena.
In October 2015, architects met with the Centennial Authority to discuss a potential arena renovation. Their proposal 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. The plans also call for new office spaces, additional meeting spaces, removing stairwells and aisles, adding wider seats, and perhaps building lounges on the mezzanine levels below the main concourse level. Project costs have not yet been decided, as the architects were given until May/June 2016 to come up with estimates. The estimated cost could be almost $200 million. The Centennial Authority would have to approve the estimates before official voting could begin. If the funds are approved the renovation start time would be 2020 and at the earliest, it could be completed by 2022.
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 lower bowl of the arena were replaced with LED video boards. In 2018, the arena repaired majority the roof/structural issues in order for a new videoboard that would come in 2019 as well as an ice/court projection system that was first used December 23 at a Hurricanes game against the Boston Bruins.
In April 2019 it was announced the arena would receive a new Daktronics video board later that year. The board would be nearly 3 times as large as the then-current board. The new video board would feature a full 360 degree display, two underbelly screens and 2 underbelly static advertising signs. It will also be the first of its kind and one of only a few 360 degree video boards in the NHL. The board would cost $4.7 million, would stretch blue line to blue line, and would be 4000 square feet. Original plans called for a 2018 installation, but the project was bumped back due to structural/roof issues. The old video board was taken down on June 1, 2019. Its last day in operation was May 31 for a Special Olympics event.The new board debuted on September 18, 2019.
In November 2019, Raleigh approved funding for the arena at $9 million a year for 25 years for arena enhancements, putting the grand total to $225 million. Some concessions in the arena were updated in 2019 in addition to the LED upgrade. They included a new marketplace in the upper concourse as well as other concessions having huge facelifts. The Centennial Authority (operating group) and the Hurricanes are also meeting to further discuss the future renovations and the future of the Hurricanes at PNC Arena.
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 Prince, 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, Journey, Def Leppard, 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 has also hosted several college hockey games between NC State and North Carolina.
|List of concerts at the arena|
|AC/DC||Stiff Upper Lip World Tour||April 1, 2001||Wide Mouth Mason|
|Alan Jackson||—||October 27, 2017||Lauren Alaina|
|Ariana Grande||The Honeymoon Tour||September 24, 2015||Prince Royce & Who Is Fancy|
|Sweetener World Tour||November 22, 2019||Social House|
|The Avett Brothers||—||December 31, 2015||N/A|
|True Sadness Tour||December 31, 2017||The Felice Brothers & Mandolin Orange|
|Avril Lavigne||The Best Damn Tour||July 30, 2008||N/A|
|Backstreet Boys||Into the Millennium Tour||February 18, 2000||N/A|
|Black & Blue Tour||June 13, 2001||Krystal Harris & Shaggy|
|DNA World Tour||August 20, 2019||N/A|
|Barry Manilow||—||April 26, 2013||N/A|
|Beyoncé||The Beyoncé Experience||July 28, 2007||Robin Thicke|
|Billy Joel||Billy Joel in Concert||February 9, 2014||N/A|
|The Black Eyed Peas||The E.N.D. World Tour||February 19, 2009||Ludacris & LMFAO|
|The Black Keys||Turn Blue Tour||December 5, 2014||St. Vincent|
|Bob Segar & the Silver Bullet Band||Rock and Roll Never Forgets Tour||April 27, 2013||Big Daddy Love|
|Bon Jovi||Bounce Tour||March 21, 2003||N/A|
|Because We Can Tour||November 6, 2013|
|This House Is Not for Sale Tour||April 24, 2018||Iron Dynamite|
|Brantley Gilbert||Let it Ride Tour||October 30, 2014||N/A|
|Britney Spears||Dream Within a Dream Tour||December 14, 2001||LFO|
|Femme Fatale Tour||August 21, 2011||Destinee & Paris & DJ Pauly D|
|Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band||Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Reunion Tour||April 22, 2000||N/A|
|High Hopes Tour||April 24, 2014|
|Bruno Mars||The Moonshine Jungle Tour||June 14, 2014||Aloe Blacc & Pharrell Williams|
|24K Magic World Tour||October 12, 2017||Jorja Smith|
|Casting Crowns||The Very Next Thing Tour||March 10, 2017||Danny Gokey & Unspoken|
|Only Jesus Tour||April 19, 2019||Zach Williams & Austin French|
|The Chainsmokers||Memories Do Not Open Tour||May 24, 2017||Kiiara & Emily Warren|
|Charlie Wilson||Forever Charlie Tour||February 18, 2015||Kem Joe|
|In It To Win It Tour||October 28, 2017||N/A|
|Cher||Dressed to Kill Tour||May 7, 2014||Cyndi Lauper|
|Here We Go Again Tour||January 27, 2019||Nile Rodgers & Chic|
|Christina Aguilera||Back to Basics Tour||May 1, 2007||Pussycat Dolls & Danity Kane|
|Dave Matthews Band||Winter 2012 Tour||December 12, 2012||The Lumineers|
|Def Leppard & Journey||Def Leppard & Journey 2018 Tour||June 5, 2018||N/A|
|Demi Lovato||Demi World Tour||September 12, 2014||MKTO|
|Eagles||Long Road Out of Eden Tour||June 17, 2010||Dixie Chicks|
|History of the Eagles – Live in Concert||February 28, 2014||JD & The Straight Shot|
|An Evening with the Eagles||April 17, 2018|
|Ed Sheeran||÷ Tour||September 2, 2017||James Blunt|
|Elevation Worship||Outcry Tour||April 29, 2017||N/A|
|Elton John||Greatest Hits Tour||March 16, 2012||N/A|
|Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour||March 12, 2019||N/A|
|Eric Church||The Outsiders World Tour||April 23, 2015|| Dwight Yoakam, Brothers Osborne |
Halestorm & Drive By Truckers
|Eric Clapton||50th Anniversary Tour||April 3, 2013||The Wallflowers|
|Garth Brooks||The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood||March 11, 2016||Trisha Yearwood|
|March 12, 2016|
|March 13, 2016|
|Jim Gaffigan||Noble Ape Tour||November 8, 2017||N/A|
|Jonas Brothers||Happiness Begins Tour||August 14, 2019||Bebe Rexha & Jordan McGraw|
|Justin Timberlake||The 20/20 Experience World Tour||November 13, 2013||The Weeknd|
|The Man of the Woods Tour||January 6, 2019||Francesco Yates|
|Lady Gaga||The Monster Ball Tour||September 19, 2010||Semi Precious Weapons|
|Katy Perry||California Dreams Tour||June 14, 2011||Robyn & DJ Skeet Skeet|
|The Prismatic World Tour||June 22, 2014||Capital Cities & Ferras|
|Keith Urban||Escape Together World Tour||June 19, 2009||Sugarland|
|Get Closer 2011 World Tour||June 25, 2011||Jake Owen|
|Kelly Clarkson & Clay Aiken||Independent Tour||March 1, 2004||The Beu Sisters|
|Kenny Chesney||The Big Revival Tour||May 28, 2015||Jake Owen & Cole Swindell|
|Kevin Hart||What Now||May 1, 2015||N/A|
|Kiss||End of the Road World Tour||April 6, 2019||David Garibaldi|
|Luis Miguel||México En La Piel Tour||October 26, 2005||N/A|
|México Por Siempre Tour||June 18, 2019|
|Macklemore & Ryan Lewis||The Heist Tour||November 19, 2013||N/A|
|Metallica||WorldWired Tour||January 28, 2019||Jim Breuer|
|Michael Bublé||Crazy Love Tour||July 9, 2010||Naturally 7|
|To Be Loved Tour||October 25, 2013|
|Miley Cyrus||Bangerz Tour||April 8, 2014||Icona Pop|
|Mötley Crüe||Mötley Crüe Final Tour||August 28, 2015||Alice Cooper|
|New Kids on the Block||Mixtape Tour||July 7, 2019|| Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, |
Debbie Gibson & Naughty By Nature
|Nickelback||All the Right Reasons Tour||September 3, 2006||Hoobastank & Chevelle|
|Nine Inch Nails||Twenty Thirteen Tour||October 21, 2013||Godspeed You! Black Emperor & Explosions in the Sky|
|One Direction||Take Me Home Tour||June 22, 2013||5 Seconds of Summer|
|Paul McCartney||Driving World Tour||October 7, 2002||N/A|
|Freshen Up||May 27, 2019|
|Prince||Welcome 2||March 23, 2011||Anthony Hamilton|
|Red Hot Chili Peppers||Stadium Arcadium World Tour||January 22, 2007||Gnarls Barkley|
|I'm With You World Tour||April 4, 2012||Santigold|
|The Getaway World Tour||April 15, 2017||Babymetal & Jack Irons|
|Roger Waters||The Wall Live||July 9, 2012||N/A|
|Rush||Clockwork Angels Tour||May 3, 2013||N/A|
|Sam Smith||In the Lonely Hour Tour||June 23, 2015||Gavin James|
|October 6, 2015|
|Stevie Nicks||24 Karat Gold Tour||March 19, 2017||The Pretenders|
|Sugarland||Still the Same Tour||May 26, 2018||Brandy Clark & Clare Bowen|
|Taylor Swift||Fearless Tour||May 1, 2010||Kellie Pickler & Gloriana|
|Speak Now World Tour||November 17, 2011||NEEDTOBREATHE & Danny Gokey|
|The Red Tour||September 13, 2013||Ed Sheeran & Casey James|
|The 1989 World Tour||June 9, 2015||Vance Joy|
|TLC|| FanMail Tour |
First ticketed concert at the venue
|November 5, 1999||Ideal|
|Tim McGraw & Faith Hill||Soul2Soul Tour||July 15, 2000||Keith Urban|
|Soul2Soul II Tour||June 9, 2006||N/A|
|Tina Turner||Twenty Four Seven Tour||October 8, 2000||Joe Cocker|
|Trans-Siberian Orchestra||TSO East 2016||December 14, 2016||N/A|
|Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers||Hypnotic Eye Tour||September 18, 2014||Steve Winwood|
|Twenty One Pilots||The Bandito Tour||June 11, 2019||Bear Hands|
|Van Halen||2008 North American Tour||May 5, 2008||Ryan Shaw|
|The Who||The Who Hits 50!||April 21, 2015||Joan Jett and the Blackhearts|
|Winter Jam Tour Spectacular||Winter Jam 2012||January 7, 2012||N/A|
|Winter Jam 2014||January 3, 2014|
|Winter Jam 2015||March 13, 2015|
|Winter Jam 2016||March 25, 2016|
|Winter Jam 2017||January 22, 2017|
|Winter Jam 2018||March 24, 2018|
|Winter Jam 2019||March 22, 2019|
|Xscape||The Great Xscape Tour||December 3, 2018|| Tamar Braxton, Monica |
Zonnique & June's Diary
|List of other events at the arena|
|2002||Stanley Cup Finals|
| PBR Built Ford Tough Series Tour |
(formerly Bud Light Cup)
|2005||Jeopardy! College Championship|
|2006||MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament|
|WWE No Mercy|
|Stanley Cup Finals|
|2007||MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament|
| NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament |
first and second round
| PBR Built Ford Tough Series Tour |
(formerly Bud Light Cup)
|2008||MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament|
| NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament |
first and second round
|2009||Stanley Cup Playoffs|
|2011||National Hockey League All-Star game|
|2012||WWE Over the Limit|
|2014|| NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament |
first and second round
|2016|| NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament |
first and second round
|2019||Stanley Cup Playoffs|
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