Arena History

The inception of PNC Arena dates back to the early 1980s, when local officials, along with NC State University, determined the need for a new venue. Reynolds Coliseum, along with Dorton Arena, had together served the area for sports and entertainment for decades, but each had grown dated.


Revered coach, the late Jim Valvano, was impactful in designing part of the arena’s seating. His vision was to create space for NCSU students to ring the basketball court’s floors in support of their team and echo the legendary atmosphere of Reynolds Coliseum.


Wake County and the City of Raleigh signed what has come to be called an Interlocal Agreement.


The General Assembly funded $2 million for site work. The Wolfpack Club raised $22 million. Wake County and the City of Raleigh committed $22 million from hotel, prepared food and beverage taxes.


The Legislature established Centennial Authority to study, design, plan, construct, own, promote, finance and operate a regional facility. The Legislature appropriated $7 million for the project. The Centennial Authority held first meeting in September.


NHL’s Hartford Whalers relocate to Raleigh as the Carolina Hurricanes - the first major professional sports franchise in the Triangle


Construction on the $158 million PNC Arena began with a groundbreaking ceremony on July 22,


Oct, 29 Carolina Hurricances Opening Night against the New Jersey Devils


Nov. 19, NC State Men’s Basketball defeats the University of Georgia on opening night.


June – Hurricanes play Game 3 & 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals at the ESA – this first major professional sports championship ever played in N.C.


RBC Center hosts NHL Holds Entry Draft


Stanley Cup Champions! Carolina Hurricanes become the first professional sports franchise in N.C. to win its league trophy. RBC Center earns the title of “Loudest Arena” from noise levels recorded at Game Seven.


RBC Center becomes PNC Arena.


PNC Arena becomes the first North American NHL/NCAA venue to install LED Sports Lighting


PNC Arena hosts NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for the third time


PNC Arena hosts NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for the fourth time in 17 years


19,495 fans watch the Carolina Hurricanes defeat the New York Islanders to advance to the Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Finals; a single game attendance record for the Hurricanes at PNC Arena


Metallica concert draws 20,052 fans – the largest single event crowd in PNC Arena history