PNC Arena Fun Facts

How well do you know your home for sports & entertainment in the Carolinas?

  • October 29,1999 Opening Night
  • A 770,000 sq.ft. multipurpose entertainment and sports arena
  • Arena’s overall length (635 ft.) width (495 ft.)
  • Seating: Basketball (19,722), Hockey (18,176), Concerts (19,500)
  • Handicapped seating for wheelchair and companion:
  • Basketball (197), Hockey (183)
  • 66 Luxury suites
  • Parking spaces (8,000)
  • Elevators (5) : Escalators (8)
  • Public Restrooms-Women (21), Men (16)
  • Concession stands (18) + additional portable stands (up to 70)
  • Televisions in arena (580)
  • Amount of concrete (30,000 cubic yards) Enough for a sidewalk from Raleigh to Greensboro
  • Amount of wire installed (250 miles) : Amount of steel (3,000 tons)
  • Acoustical banners hung in steel roof (540)
  • Total speakers hanging from ceiling (210)
  • 360 degree Ribbon Board financed by Gale Force Holdings and Wolfpack Sports Marketing provides new entertainment for fans, installed 2003
  • Temperature inside the building for hockey games 60 degrees
  • How long does it take to transform the arena from hockey to basketball? 2 and a half hours to 6 hours
  • Ice Floor: Pipe length in floor for ice (31,000 ft.)
  • Welded joints holding pipes together (2,800)
  • 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.) 
  • Teams calling PNC ARENA home - (2)
  1. ​Carolina Hurricanes (Hockey)
  2. NC State University Wolfpack (Men’s Basketball)
  • September 2002 - The Royal Bank of Canada purchases Centura bank, a bank in the southeastern US. The new bank is named RBC Bank and is based out of North Carolina. RBC Bank partners with the Gale Force Sports & Entertainment and renames the arena the RBC Center.
  • March 2012 – PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. purchases RBC Bank USA. The venue naming rights agreement remained, and the venue became PNC Arena.