PNC Arena is an indoor arena, located in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Arena seats 19,722 for basketball, and 18,680 for ice hockey, the building has three concourses and includes a 300-seat restaurant. It is home to the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League, the arena neighbors Carter–Finley Stadium, home of Wolfpack Football, the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, and Dorton Arena. The arena also hosted the Carolina Cobras of the Arena Football League from 2000 to 2002 and it is the fourth-largest arena in the ACC, and the third-largest designed specifically for basketball. Furthermore, it is the eighth-largest arena in the NCAA and the seventh-largest designed for basketball, the idea of a new basketball arena to replace the Wolfpacks 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 refocused the project into a multi-use arena, leading to the 1997 relocation agreement of the Hurricanes. Construction began that year and was completed in 1999 with an estimated cost of $158 million, 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 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, 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, the name change officially took place on March 15,2012. On a normal day, PNC Arena has more than 400 people on duty for security. Raleigh experienced its first NHL game on October 29,1999, PNC Arena hosted games of both the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs and Finals, however the Hurricanes lost in the final. The arena hosted the playoffs again in 2009, with the Hurricanes losing in the Eastern Conference Finals, on April 8,2010, the Hurricanes and the NHL announced the arena would host the 58th National Hockey League All-Star Game on January 30,2011. 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 coverage for all events. In June 2009, video crews installed a new Daktronics HD scoreboard and 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, 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, during the summer of 2016, the ribbon boards were upgraded and a second ribbon board was added to the upper level fascia
PNC Arena South Entrance in 2013
One of the main concourses inside PNC Arena during a Hurricanes game in 2009.
An NC State college basketball game at PNC Arena in 2008.