Carolina Hurricanes: Update on Proposed PNC Arena Renovations

PNC Arena, the home of the Carolina Hurricanes, could be in for a facelift fairly soon.

The 16-year old building, which is also home the North Carolina State University basketball team, isn’t in bad shape at all and has been praised by visiting teams and fans for many years.

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The Centennial Authority, which owns and oversees operations of the PNC Arena, is in the midst of a proposed multi-million dollar renovation. They held a specially-called board meeting on October 27, 2015 to review and discuss plans submitted by architectural firms Ratio and HOK. The story was originally reported by Marilyn Payne for WRAL Sportfan.

WRAL Sportsfan report – PNC Arena set to undergo multi-million dollar facelift


The proposed renovations are both functional and cosmetic. On the north side of the arena, where the loading docks and player/employee entrances are, the plans call for much-needed office space and storage, and a better entrance for the 700+ employees that need to be there for events.

The south side, or main entrance to most ticket holders, would see extensive cosmetic changes. Those plans call for new meeting spaces, larger entrances, more retail outlets, and a roof top lounge with a new bar and restaurant.


Although it wasn’t reported in the media, the Centennial Authority held their normally scheduled Board Meeting on December 3rd, and discussed the next steps for these proposed renovations.

According to memos and agendas from that meeting that Cardiac Cane was provided, the Centennial Authority approved a $1,500,000 payment to Ratio and HOK architects for “Design Phase – Determination of Probable Costs” services. In non-architect-terms that means they have to take the pretty drawings above and figure out what it will cost to make it happen.

The timeline for completion of the architects’ design and cost report, according to a memo from Ratio, is late-May or early-June 2016. If approved by the Authority though, the final decision on the renovations must be approved by both the City of Raleigh and Wake County. That is where the rubber will hit the road, and we will see if the local governments are willing to shell out millions of dollars from their hospitality tax coffers to pay for the upgrades.

If this kind of multi-million dollar upgrade to the PNC arena is done with taxpayer dollars it would be hard to see the Canes relocating out of Carolina.

Let’s hope the Field of Dreams line works with Canes fans, “if you build it they will come.”

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