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PNC Arena considers adding sportsbook lounge as enhancement project

As North Carolina lawmakers are still working on passing the bill to legalize sports gambling in the state, PNC Arena is considering adding a sportsbook or sports lounge for its upcoming renovation.

PNC Arena owner Centennial Authority sees that several upgrades to the 23-year-old venue is imminent, including a sports lounge and sportsbook booth. Currently, PNC Arena is home to the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes and NCAA’s North Carolina State Wolfpack.

Chairman Philip Isley wanted PNC Arena to serve not only as sports venue alone, but also for community events.

“It activates part of the building all the time,” said Isley. “[I hope it] becomes another part of how we view this building as more of a community asset that is activated all the time versus just on game nights or concerts or other community events.”

Architecture and urban planning firm HOK and design studio RATIO both have delivered presentation to the board about renovations and venues that could be added to PNC Arena. The board has also voted to authorize contract negotiations with other several companies to help working on designing aspects this summer.

“This is the first step in getting us moving in the right direction,” Isley said at the meeting, as per The News & Oberserver. “We’re moving fast and I feel like we have to.”

HOK senior project manager Michael Day showed additional features that other sport arenas in the United States have added, including sportsbooks in states where statewide gambling is legal.

“This whole thing is kind of like refitting an airplane while it’s flying,” board member Kieran Shanahan said. “But for the first time the stars seems to be aligning.”

On Wednesday, Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell said this redevelopment project could include hotels, office buildings, alongside entertainment venues.

“We can make it a destination place,” Waddell said. “Make it a place people want to go to. We don’t have anything like that right now.

“It’s very important because all the other teams are getting it and so it just puts us behind. We’re behind because of ticket prices and sponsorship dollars and all that so it just puts us further behind from a revenue standpoint.”

In his latest visit during the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman highlighted the necessity for upgrades both inside and outside PNC Arena.

PNC Arena

PNC Arena is an indoor arena located in Raleigh, North Carolina. The arena seats 18,680 for ice hockey and 19,722 for basketball, including 61 suites, 13 loge boxes and 2,000 club seats. (wikipedia)

NHL (video game series)

NHL is a series of professional ice hockey simulation video games developed by EA Vancouver and published yearly by Electronic Arts under the EA Sports brand. (wikipedia)

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