By The Raleigh Telegram
RALEIGH – If you are referring to the large arena that is the home of NC State University basketball or the Carolina Hurricanes, then you need to adjust your alphabet a little. Last Thursday, March 15th, the official renaming ceremony took place to change the name of the RBC Center over to the PNC Arena.
The change took place when the RBC Bank was acquired by PNC Bank, which is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
The first official event to mark the change was the Carolina Hurricanes game last Thursday night against the St. Louis Blues where the center logo under the ice, the overhead scoreboard, and the building’s outside signage were all unveiled to reflect the new PNC logo. In addition, the website for the arena has been changed to ThePNCArena.com.
Raleigh’s largest venue, the PNC Arena has a 19,000-seat arena (18,680 for hockey), opened in 1999, and averages 1.5 million guests and 150 events per year according to the facility.
According to a statement made through the Hurricanes, the former RBC bank had 900,000 customers and 415 branches, including 126 in North Carolina and that all of those have been reopened as PNC Banks on March 5th.
The RBC Tower in downtown Raleigh is being changed as well with new logos. The tower, which has both residences and offices, is currently Raleigh’s tallest building downtown. ::
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article has been updated to correctly state the new name of the arena. The article previously called the building the PNC Center, but the correct name is the PNC Arena. The Raleigh Telegram apologizes for the error.