PNC Arena

PNC Arena[5] (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.

PNC Arena
PNC Arena Raleigh
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
Coordinates 35°48′12″N 78°43′19″W / 35.80333°N 78.72194°WCoordinates: 35°48′12″N 78°43′19″W / 35.80333°N 78.72194°W
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) (1999–present)
Carolina Cobras (AFL) (2000–2002)


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.[6] On December 15, 2011, the Centennial Authority, the landlord of the arena, approved a name change for the facility to PNC Arena.[7] The name change officially took place on March 15, 2012.[8] 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 3–1 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.[9]


A ribbon board was installed in 2003 which encircles the arena bowl.[10] 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.[11][12]

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.

RBC Center Concourse
One of the main concourses inside the RBC Center during a Hurricanes game in 2009.

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.

RBC Center
An NC State college basketball game at the RBC Center in 2008.

List of Concerts and events

List of concerts at the arena
Artist Event Date Opening act(s)
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
The Avett Brothers December 31, 2015 N/A
Ture 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
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
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
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 rowspan="2"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
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
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience World Tour November 13, 2013 The Weeknd
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
Luis Miguel México En La Piel Tour October 26, 2005 N/A
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist Tour November 19, 2013 N/A
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
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
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
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 2015 March 13, 2015 N/A
Winter Jam 2016 March 25, 2016
Winter Jam 2017 January 22, 2017
Winter Jam 2018 March 24, 2018
Xscape The Great Xscape Tour December 3, 2018 Tamar Braxton, Monica
Zonnique & June's Diary
List of other events at the arena
Year Event
2000 WWF Summerslam 2000
2002 Stanley Cup Finals
2004 NHL Draft
PBR Built Ford Tough Series Tour
(formerly Bud Light Cup)
2005 Jeopardy! College Championship
2006 MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament
No Mercy (2006)
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
2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
first and second round
2016 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
first and second round


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. ^ a b c d e f "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. ^ "Portfolio: RBC Center". Kirlin mechanical contractors. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ deBruyn, Jason (January 25, 2012). "RBC Signs Coming Down at RBC Center". Triangle Business Journal. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
  8. ^ "Hurricanes and PNC Bank to Introduce PNC Arena to Community on March 15" (Press release). Centennial Authority. February 23, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
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  • NCSU Athletics. RBC Center Retrieved July 12, 2004 from [1].
  • RBC Center: History. Retrieved July 12, 2004 from [2].
  • The Hockey News. 59.37 (2006): 6.
  • Live Sound: Clair Systems Revamps RBC Center Audio with JBL Loudspeakers. Retrieved May 15, 2009 from [3]
  • RBC Center Gets New Scoreboard. Retrieved June 7, 2009 from [4]

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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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