PNC Arena (Carolina Hurricanes Stadium)

PNC Arena opened in October of 1999, just in time for the 99-00 season of the Carolina Hurricanes, who had moved from Hartford, Connecticut where they were known as the Whalers. The arena cost $158 million to build and has been renovated several times since opening.  In 2019 the City of Raleigh committed to and approved a total budget of approximately $200 million over 25 years for continued improvement of the arena.  Over the years the sound system, scoreboards, and many other arena features have been upgraded. 

The franchise now known as the Carolina Hurricanes began as the New England Whalers of the WHA in 1971, which then merged with the NHL in 1979.  For nearly 20 years the team then skated as the Hartford Whalers, before moving to North Carolina.  The team changed their color scheme from green and blue which went with the Whaler identity, to black and red, the colors of their new neighbors, the North Carolina State Wolfpack.  The Hurricanes have played for the Stanley Cup twice, coming away as winners in 2006. 


How many seats are in PNC Arena

PNC Arena can seat 18,176 Carolina Hurricanes’ fans over three main seating areas. For basketball the arena holds almost 20,000 and 21,000 for concerts. 


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Directions – How to get to PNC Arena

PNC Arena is located at 1400 Edwards Mill Road in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The arena is easy to get to from either Interstate 40 or 440.  Wade Avenue runs north of the venue and Trinity Road borders it on the south. PNC Arena management suggests that all visitors listen to 1630 AM PNC Arena Traffic Radio for all traffic alerts.  Public transportation options are also available and fans can take the GoRaleigh bus route #26 or Wolfline route #60 to the arena.

Where to Park near PNC Arena?

There is parking right at PNC Arena as well as a short walk away in the surrounding area.  You can pay for parking ahead of time and quickly scan your voucher on your phone when you arrive for quick entry to the PNC Arena lots. Parking lots open three hours before Carolina Hurricane games, so it’s easy to give yourself plenty of time to get into the arena. Locals often choose to park at the fairgrounds, which is less costly than right at the arena.  Street parking is also available in the surrounding neighborhoods and the cost will only be a little extra walking. 

Other PNC Arena FAQs

Where do the Carolina Hurricanes play?

The Carolina Hurricanes play at PNC Arena, located in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Will the Carolina Hurricanes move to Charlotte?

In November 2019, Raleigh approved funding for the arena at $9 million a year for 25 years for arena enhancements.  Additionally, the Hurricanes have signed a lease agreement with the arena through the 2029 season.

When did the Carolina Hurricanes move to Raleigh?

In 1997, the NHL’s Hartford Whalers moved to Raleigh and became the Carolina Hurricanes. 

What does the PNC stand for in PNC Arena?

PNC Arena is named for PNC Bank, which derives the corporation’s name from the  bank’s two predecessor companies: Pittsburgh National Corporation and Provident National Corporation, which merged in 1983.

What is the PNC Arena Health & Safety Information? (related to COVID)

Each team or organizer of events may request proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test be implemented for admission to their event.  Masks are mandated for all visitors and employees at PNC Arena. Fans are asked not to congregate in any open areas of the arena and should return to their ticketed seats after food, drink, or other purchases. For Carolina Hurricanes’ games, every guest will be required to fill out the health screening survey online no more than 24 hours prior. PNC Arena has also instituted mobile ticketing, cashless payments, and a no bg policy in order to assist with keeping all fans and employees safe and healthy. 

How much is a Carolina Hurricanes hockey ticket?

Tickets to Carolina Hurricanes games typically run between $30 and $300 but can vary based on the opponent, day of the week, and on the secondary market, how the team is performing during any given season.  The arena is divided into three main seating areas, the 100s, 200s, and 300s. 

What hockey teams play at the PNC Arena?

The Carolina Hurricanes, formerly the Hartford Whalers, and current members of the NHL’s Metropolitan Division Eastern Conference play their home games at PNC Arena, in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Who owns the PNC Arena?

Centennial Authority is the owner of PNC Arena which is operated by Hurricanes Holdings, LLC.

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