PNC Arena Details
The PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina is a versatile arena, serving as home base for both the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes and the NCAA men's basketball team at North Carolina State, the Wolfpack. Originally built as a basketball arena, the building sits next to Wolfpack football Carter-Finley Stadium, and the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.
Covering 700,000 square feet, it's the eighth-largest arena in the NCAA, seating 19,722 guests for basketball games (and 18,680 for hockey). In addition to its functions as a hockey and basketball arena, PNC Arena hosts concerts, shows, fundraisers, conferences, and special sports. In 2006, PNC Arena saw the Hurricanes win the Stanley Cup on home ice -- North Carolina's first major professional sports championship.
Each year the PNC Arena hosts 1.5 million guests over the course of 150 different shows and events. It caters to families quite a bit, bringing shows such as Disney on Ice and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Past musical acts include Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Bruno Mars, the Eagles, and The Who.
PNC Arena is versatile in other ways as well. It's nicely equipped for event hosting and has a flexible and accessible range of options for those looking to book private dinners, fundraisers, summits, and receptions. The arena is set up in such a way that it's easy to scale up or down for different size events and it's become a popular destination for big events in the area, with full audio-visual support, catering, and more provided for a whole range of applications. For a small corporate lunch, the Varsity Club, which seats up to 75, offers an LCD projector, two flat-screen TVs, and satellite radio hookups. The arena's close relationship with North Carolina State University means that many of the events hosted here are related to the school.
What are the best places to sit at PNC Arena?
For Hurricanes games, there are three levels available in the arena, 100, 200, and 300. The 200 level is entirely club seating, which comes along with access to the Ledge Lounge, the Arena Club Restaurant, and the Deck. Sections 103-105 are directly behind the player's benches if you need to be as close to the action as possible. For concerts, floor tickets are the way to go, getting you closer to the performers and in on the fun.
PNC Arena Tips and Tricks
With over 8,000 parking spaces, the PNC Arena is well equipped for big crowds. You'll want to make sure to purchase your parking pass in advance though -- it's a requirement for many events at the arena. Prices vary for some events, but it typically costs $10-$20 to park. Another transportation option is the Pepsi Caniac Coach, a dedicated luxury coach service which runs between select restaurants in Raleigh and the PNC Arena. It makes getting dinner and seeing a hockey game a very smooth night.
PNC Arena Club Areas
The full 200 level is club seating, with a few particular sections that deserve special consideration. The Ledge Lounge sits at the south end of this level and offers a stunning view of the arena, along with a full-service bar and spacious, comfortable seating. On the other end, you'll find the Champion's Club, which offers all-you-can-eat food, drinks, and a private, elegant space from which to enjoy the game.
There's also premium seating along the first and second rows (the "On Ice" section) and in the three center sections at center ice (called "Center Ice"). These two club areas give you access to the 200 level as well, including the Ledge Lounge and the Champions Club.