Arena At-a-Glance Facts
Groundbreaking: July 22, 1997
Opening Night: October 29, 1999 (Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils)
Size: 700,000 sq. feet, a height of 108½ feet, a width of 495 feet, and a length of 635 feet.
Capacity: Up to 20,000
Owner: Centennial Authority
Operator: Gale Force Sports and Entertainment (A division of the Carolina Hurricanes)
Temperature inside the building for hockey games: 60 degrees
Pipe length in floor for ice: 31,000 ft.
Amount of water to make ice: 5,000 gal.
Dimensions of ice floor: 200 ft. x. 85 ft.
Ice thickness: Ranges from 5/8 in. to 1 ½ in.
Conversion from basketball to hockey: 1 ½ hours
The ice is removed only twice per year: Once in February to accommodate the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus and at the end of hockey season.
1999-2002 – Entertainment & Sports Arena (ESA)
2002-2012 – RBC Center
2012- – PNC Arena
Home to Carolina Hurricanes hockey and NC State men’s basketball
Employs an average of 750 people on a given event day (more for sold-out events/less for smaller shows)
Pays more than $2 million in combined payment in lieu of property taxes (PILOT) annually to the City of Raleigh and Wake County ($35.5 million total since 2000) – the only public facility in North Carolina that does so.
Hosts other community events such as the North Carolina Dental Society’s “North Carolina Missions of Mercy” free clinic, Triangle Heart Walk, the MS Walk, and is the parking/shuttle area for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Sample of Events Since 1999
2002 and 2006 Stanley Cup Finals / 2009 NHL Eastern Conference Finals / 2011 NHL All-Star Game /2004, 2008 and 2014 and 2016 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament 1st, 2ndand 3rdRounds / 2007 NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Tournament 1st and 2nd Rounds / 2012 NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional Finals /2004 NHL Entry Draft / 2000-2005 CIAA Basketball Tournament / 2006-2008 MEAC Basketball Tournament.
American Idols Live / Billy Joel / Bon Jovi / Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band/ Bruno Mars / Casting Crowns / Celine Dion / Cher / Cirque du Soleil / Disney on Ice / Dixie Chicks / Eagles / Elton John / Eric Clapton / Garth Brooks / Harlem Globetrotters / James Taylor / Jimmy Buffett / Kanye West / Katty Perry / Keith Urban / Kenny Chesney / Kevin Hart / Luciano Pavarotti / Michael Bublé / Miley Cyrus / Monster Jam / Neil Diamond / Paul McCartney / Patti LaBelle / Prince / Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus / Rod Stewart / Stevie Wonder / Sesame Street Live / Taylor Swift / Tina Turner / Tom Perry / Usher / Van Halen / The Who / World’s Toughest Rodeo