Details on a proposed PNC Arena renovation were unveiled Friday, showcasing potential changes to the home of the Carolina Hurricanes and N.C. State men’s basketball.
Under the scope of proposed renovations that were discussed at meeting of venue owner the Centennial Authority, PNC Arena would see several changes. A new rooftop bar and restaurant would highlight a revamped south end entrance (rendering shown above), while upgrades such as improved seating would take place in the venue’s interior.
For right now, the authority is working to finalize a lease extension with the Hurricanes, whose current agreement for PNC Arena expires in 2024. The scope of the renovations is contingent upon that potential extension being finalized, but the renovations could cost upwards of roughly $201 million. More from the News & Observer:
The projected construction cost value from the Ratio and HOK architects was an estimated $167.4 million to $201.8 million, with additional costs for planning and fixtures. And the scope of the enhancements would be contingent on the authority, the arena landlord, agreeing on a new lease with the Carolina Hurricanes and its parent company, Gale Force Sports & Entertainment.
“We’ll move forward. The building is always going to be here,” authority chairman Tom McCormick said Friday. “But ultimately what we’re going to be looking for in the near future is an allocation of money which we might be able to get. How much of that we ultimately get will probably depend somewhat on what the guaranteed future of the Hurricanes here is.”
The Canes’ arena lease expires in 2024. McCormick said the authority has “just begun talking” to the Hurricanes on a new lease and have hired a consultant.
Recent arena enhancements, requested by Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon, included the installation of a 3D projection system and theatrical lighting. Plans call for a new scoreboard to be installed before next season.
Should the plans move forward, renovations would take place in phases starting in 2020 with the addition of new office space for the Hurricanes and their parent company. PNC Arena originally opened in 1999, and has been home to the Hurricanes and N.C. State throughout its history.
Rendering courtesy Centennial Authority.