The Carolina Hurricanes are headed to the Eastern Conference Finals. After a blistering performance against the New Jersey Devils, the Hurricanes have their sights set on the Stanley Cup.
With a guaranteed category five hurricane coming to these upcoming playoff games, let’s get you ready to go and enjoy the Storm Surge at PNC arena. Even if you are not a big hockey fan, going to an NHL playoff game is an experience different from most sports. Whether you live there or are traveling through or anywhere in between, PNC Arena is worth the visit if you find yourself in the Raleigh area.
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Getting to PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Road Raleigh, NC 27607
Located in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, PNC Arena has a reputation as one of the NHL’s loudest arenas. Because it is on Raleigh’s west side, if you have ever been to an NC State basketball game, you know where to go, as the Hurricanes share the area with the Wolfpack.
Directions & Parking
Get yourself to Interstate 40 and exit on Wade Avenue, at which point follow signs to Blue Ridge Road or Edwards Mill Road. Signs will direct you to one of several PNC Arena access points.
Parking at PNC Arena is easy. A Horseshoe-shaped parking lot surrounds the Arena, sectioned into six lots. There is some VIP parking, but most of the parking is for general admission with rates near $20 per car. To avoid parking fees, you can park nearby at the Fairgrounds for free, and then it is a half-mile walk to the Arena.
PNC Arena Tailgating
Tailgating is encouraged at PNC Arena, with lots opening three hours before games. With the many great parking options listed above, make sure to get there early. For more information, check PNC Arenas Tailgating Rules and Regulations.
As hockey is a winter sport, there are times when outdoor tailgating may not be ideal. There are several fun restaurants within walking distance of PNC Arena.
- Backyard Bistro
- Honest Abe’s Kitchen & Bar
- Spring Rolls
If you want to make a day of it in the Raleigh area, there are tons of fun things to do before heading to PNC Arena to watch the Hurricanes.
- North Carolina State Fairgrounds
- North Carolina Museum of Art
- JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
- Drive Shack Raleigh
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Getting into PNC Arena
Getting to PNC Arena at least an hour early is wise to ensure you have plenty of time to get to your seat before the puck drops. Ticketing is almost entirely digital, so have your mobile device ready with your ticket on it before heading to the entrance.
There is a no-bag policy. Exceptions are made, but for that to be possible, a bag has to be smaller than 4.5″ x 6.5″ in size, such as a small clutch. Clear bags, parenting bags, and medical bags are permitted. If you bring one within the parameters, it must go through an X-ray. That can lead to longer wait times getting into the stadium.
All purchases at PNC Arena are cashless. Most credit and debit cards are accepted throughout the Arena. Apple and Google pay are also accepted at all concession stands and the team store.
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