This is the kind of place you can count on for a good time, but it’ll keep you guessing: PNC Arena’s hosted everything from WWE Smackdown to the 2005 Jeopardy! College Championship.
Originally called the Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena and the RBC Center, PNC Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently, it allows fans to catch live National Hockey League with Carolina Hurricanes tickets and NCAA Basketball with North Carolina State University Wolfpack action.
The arena seats nearly 20,000 visitors for basketball games and roughly 18,600 for ice hockey games. It also has three concourses and a restaurant which seats more than 300 people. PNC Arena hosts roughly 1.5 million visitors for more than 150 events annually. This includes major sporting events and concerts and shows. Work began on the arena in the summer of 1997, and it opened to the public in fall of 1999. The first event at the arena was a National League Hockey game featuring the Carolina Hurricanes (home team) versus the New Jersey Devils.
PNC Arena is the home arena of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes and NCAA Division I North Carolina State University Wolfpack men’s basketball team, but it has other uses, as well. As a state of the art arena, it is also a very attractive venue for large concerts and shows. Since PNC Arena opened in the fall of 1999, is has hosted more than 1,500 events, including multiple NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Disney on Ice, NCAA and Conference Basketball Tournaments, Paul McCartney, Patti LaBelle, Pavarotti, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, USHRA Monster Jam, and the NHL Entry Draft.
Getting There and Getting In
Parking & Directions
Though tickets can be found for affordable prices, it is often best to contact the arena directly or visit their website for directions and parking information. PNC Arena, for example, has a page dedicated to directions and maps, traffic alerts, traffic radio stations (1630AM PNC Arena Traffic Radio for traffic flow changes and alerts), specific driving directions based on where you might be traveling to the arena from, and general parking directions for when you arrive at the arena.