Local News

PNC name replaces RBC at Raleigh arena

Posted March 15, 2012

— The Carolina Hurricanes play their first home hockey in more than a week Thursday night, and they'll be doing it in a freshly-named arena. 

The RBC Center officially became PNC Arena Thursday morning, about two weeks after Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group completed its $3.45 billion acquisition of RBC Bank.

During Thursday's game, PNC will give away more than 200 gift cards and have 15,000 commemorative hockey pucks on hand for fans.

The cost of changing all 600 impressions at the arena, including those on the ice, uniforms, shirts, cups and parking lot signs, was just under $1 million. The overhaul took about 135 days to complete.

"It was a lot of work. It was done in a very short amount of time, but it's officially here and ready to go," said Dave Olsen, vice president and general manager of the arena.

A spokesman for PNC said that getting into the community and fulfilling corporate sponsorships and advertising are all important functions for the bank.

Still, it might take a while for people to get used to the new name after calling the arena the RBC Center for about a decade.

"The receptionist told me on the way down that she's had several people hang up on her because they thought they called the wrong place," Olsen said. "There are some people in the market that aren't ready for it yet."

Some RBC customers also are trying to adjust to their new bank. PNC has over half a million customers, and there are now 126 PNC branches in North Carolina.

"I don't know, I may not stay with them. We'll see," said Martha McLaurin, an RBC Bank customer.

The merger also means a loss of jobs. PNC told state officials in January that it expected to lay off up to 200 employees in Raleigh and 425 in Rocky Mount. Those layoffs could begin as early as Friday.

A PNC spokesman said at least 100 former RBC workers have found other positions with PNC, and the bank expects to add another 250 jobs in North Carolina in the next year an a half.

"We're working hard and aggressively to offer job opportunities to every single employee," Gov. Beverly Perdue said at a news conference at PNC Arena on Thursday morning.

Perdue said she is excited about welcoming "another socially responsible business to the great state of North Carolina."

76 Comments

This story is closed for comments. Comments on WRAL.com news stories are accepted and moderated between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Oldest First
View all
  • mmtlash Mar 16, 6:54 p.m.

    @federalsales2 I think it was just called the Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena back when it first opened

  • federalsales2 Mar 16, 3:33 p.m.

    Does anybody remember the Name of the center when it first opened?????

  • needhambryan Mar 16, 9:40 a.m.

    I will be going to pnc tonight to see elton john

  • injameswetrust2003 Mar 15, 7:44 p.m.

    So...instead of the "Rarely Beats Carolina" Center, it will need a new name.

  • mmtlash Mar 15, 6:39 p.m.

    um you can see downtown Raleigh from I-40 at South Saunders St....also Capitol Blvd heading out of downtown is pretty much in freeway form until you hit 440 (aside from the flea market mall north to 440)....downtown isn't that far from highways...

  • Bill Brasky Mar 15, 4:48 p.m.

    "And as for building it downtown, they would have had to tear down a lot of older houses to fit it down there. And then there's the issue of parking. And how would you get 16000-19000 additional people in and out of downtown efficiently and quickly? You wouldn't."

    This has been done in almost every major city in America, all have seen great success in revenue and revitilizing their downtown areas. Traffic also isn't much of a problem considering the amount of roads in downtown areas, as well as bus service.

  • tired2 Mar 15, 4:40 p.m.

    folks...had the arena been built downtown 12years ago, many if most most of the things you say we don't have, we would by now. Those things don't come without the demand.

  • Bill Brasky Mar 15, 4:37 p.m.

    "I will continue to call it the ESA. Changing the name every few years gets confusing. pooodaddy"

    I have, and always will call it the Valvano Center. Let the corporations think they named it!

  • I-44 Mar 15, 4:33 p.m.

    Charlotte has its sports arena downtown but it also has its freeways there. You can't get to a freeway from downtown Raleigh without traveling miles of surface streets through questionable neighborhoods.
    storchheim

    One of my biggest complaints about Raleigh is that there is no INTERSTATE that runs North and South through or close to the city.

    Capital Blvd, Wake Forest Rd/Falls of Neuse Rd, Six Forks Rd, Creedmoor Rd are all the same, might as well just rename them all "Red Light Road 1" 2, 3, 4, etc.

  • I-44 Mar 15, 4:28 p.m.

    impatientgirl
    "I was referring to the ORANGE in their logo clashing with all the RED in the Canes' and Pack's logos. The red walls, red carpet, red seats..."

    Maybe change the color and logo of the Hurricanes. You want to talk about hideous?! That symbol for the "Hurricane" has to be one of the worst logo's in all of pro sports. I do like the Hurricane Flag logo a lot better, perhaps they should make that the primary logo.

    As for the 'Pack, I like the S with the n and c inside. But the WOLF either needs a serious overhaul or just has to be done away with.

    I like the location of the arena, does make for easy access to and from the game. Certainly thought there'd be more development around the arena by now though. It's been what, 12 years now?

More...