RBC Center to Get Upfit

Remember how much of a bitch that it was to get the ESA (now RBC Center) built? Remember how many local news media – including the News & Observer – decried the scope of the project? Remember how every Tarheel in the world criticized the building? Remember all of the jokes about hockey never making it in Carolina? and how the arena would be a big white elephant?

Exactly where were all of those people last month when the Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup – the state’s first World Championship in any professional sport?

The N&O – whom didn’t support the original construction of the building or the form that the project eventually took – is reporting today that the Home of Wolfpack Basketball is getting some upgrades. (Link)

Nearly $7 million will be spent sprucing up the RBC Center over the next two years. Improvements include replacing the sound system in the lower seating area, adding concession equipment and installing credit card machines at concession stands.

The improvements will be paid for by the Centennial Authority, the public agency responsible for the arena.

The money comes from reserves set aside each year from profits for maintenance and repairs.

The fund was not supposed to be used until 2009, but the Centennial Authority got permission from the city of Raleigh and Wake County commissioners to spend $3.1 million this year and $3.7 million next year.

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28 Responses to RBC Center to Get Upfit

  1. choppack1 07/17/2006 at 4:33 PM #

    Is there anyway for them to get seats closer to the court?

  2. tcthdi-tgsf-twhwtnc 07/17/2006 at 4:42 PM #

    Give me Reynolds any day of the week. I never was a fan of the ‘Centennial Center’- I would of liked to of seen what RC would of looked like with a $100,000,000 renovation.

    The RBC is a great place to watch a hockey game.

  3. packpigskinfan23 07/17/2006 at 5:34 PM #

    I LOVE going to hockey games there!!! as for Basketball…. I have only sat in the student section 🙁 At times I would almost rather be at home on the couch…. sure the energy is awesome when we are winning… but you REALLY cant see what is going on at all… I sat midcourt about 6 rows up during the Red&White game…. AWESOME… anyone remeber when Etimov jokingly slapped Brackman on the head?!?!

  4. chuck nevitt 07/17/2006 at 8:31 PM #

    Ah, but wait…

    The excitement of BEING AT the RBC Center will be back this season. Excitement was not a single piece of offensive or defensive strategy, historically called the ‘sixth man’, at NC State these past ten years. I believe Lowe is the kind of coach that knows how to gain just a little more edge by using the excitement of the ‘Sixth Man’.

    I agree, it’s not as intimate and ‘in your face’ as Reynolds, especially when I recall the antics of the HOZE squad there, but I would be willing to bet the excitement of being at the RBC for basketball this season, winning or losing, will be greater overall.

    Chuck N

  5. Lock 07/18/2006 at 2:43 AM #

    Reynolds is Reynolds, but I never had a complaint about the basketball atmosphere in the RBC center during my 4 years there (00-04). Guess I’m ‘new-school,’ but I’m proud to call it home.

    Still, I loved going to the yearly Reynolds game. I can see how the atmosphere would be a bit more intense.

  6. graywolf 07/18/2006 at 7:26 AM #

    Reynolds and Cameron are almost identical….Reynolds is a little longer. I wonder why Duke still plays in Cameron? Atmosphere and that has been missed since the opening of the RBC center.
    I hope the addition of a new coaching staff that remembers the Reynolds atmopshere will help in the future.

  7. CarnifeX 07/18/2006 at 8:19 AM #

    Do you really need to ask why dook still plays at Cameron?

  8. Trout 07/18/2006 at 8:33 AM #

    “Reynolds and Cameron are almost identical….Reynolds is a little longer.”

    That’s because Reynolds was initially built as almost a copy of Cameron Indoor. The framing was started, then postponed for WWII. After WWII, Everett Case convinced NC State that Reynolds should be bigger. The only way to do that was to expand from the ends. That’s why so many of Reynolds 12,400 seats were BEHIND the baskets.

  9. vtpackfan 07/18/2006 at 8:40 AM #

    I hope Quentin does make some inroads with the facility big wigs. It would be nice to get a marraige of Sids up tempo excitment he will bring to the game with some building adjustments made to make viewing the game itself more enjoyable.

  10. packpigskinfan23 07/18/2006 at 8:59 AM #

    dont get me wrong, I LOVE reynolds…. and I bet striving to make it bigger than Cameron was very important to Case and the Wolfpack back then…. BUT I do not car for how far away the ends are. I have never been able to attend a mens game there, but from the womans games I have gone to I absolutley hate sitting on the far sides. horrible view. like I said, dont misunderstand me, its a great part of NCSU history… and a piece of history that I hope the school holds on to forever.

    anyone know why they dont ever seem to put a more competitive game in Reynolds then they do? I know the ticket circus would be insane…. but it just seems it would be more exciting to play an ACC team there…..

  11. packbackr04 07/18/2006 at 9:35 AM #

    I agree totally, how great to play carolina or duke in reynolds with throwback jerseys on and sid on the sideline.

    Plus I think the main thing that was lost in moving to the RBC was “homecourt advantage” Nobody wanted to come to Reynolds and have 12,000 fans right on top of them screaming. I remember the whole place shook tremendously when everyone was jumping around and not to mention how hot it got in there(even hotter for opposing teams). Thats home court advantage

    Maybe QJ can talk the”big wigs spoken of earlier to put in a noise meter at RBC like the one in Reynolds, god i love that thing

  12. packpigskinfan23 07/18/2006 at 10:48 AM #

    hahaha… I wish I could have been a fan back then!!! Throwbacks…. in Renyolds… Sid and Towe on the bench… sounds awesome.

    do any “bigwigs” ever visit this site? I know some of you guys must have some decent connections with the school…. I would be intrested to hear some of your storys of how you guys became State fans, and what that involves now…

    I am a future student. I am currently getting my Associates at a Wayne Community in Goldsboro… I have been waiting forever to get to State, but have had some major setbacks. I have been a fan of State football for about 6 years now… about 3 years for basketball. I go to campus every weekend(my girlfriend goes to State now)… I WILL(I say that because I am absolutley determined that i HAVE to do this NOW, and I have a tough Chemistry class now and a tougher Calc one ahead of me) be attending State in January.

  13. T.A. 07/18/2006 at 2:09 PM #

    I hope we would play more games in Renyolds. Maybe Coach Lowe wil try to play more games in there even if they are non-confrence.

  14. redfred2 07/18/2006 at 3:51 PM #

    ^packpigskinfan23- Good luck on getting into NCSU. I can tell you are meant for it, you have already agreed with me on one of my bolder statements from this morning. Pretty bright kid, as far as I’m concerned anyway.

    ^chuck nevitt- “The excitement of BEING AT the RBC Center will be back this season.”

    You are right! Lowe will bring the excitement back and set the RBC ablaze like never before. I have always wondered why they didn’t show clips of the DT and Valvano era’s to get the crowd riled and translate that spirit and intensity level into the RBC before the games even started, even short clips during. It would be of great benefit to the team with the way it seems so mundane in that big building before the game starts taking shape. I’d go early just watch any of David Thompson’s playing days on the big teletron.

  15. packpigskinfan23 07/18/2006 at 4:13 PM #

    hahaha, thanks redfred…. I feel like I need a prayer after Chemistry today…. I cant wait to get to State. I love the environment… I love the passion for the sports… I love night life in the city, and around campus. It differs BY FAR from the other Universities in this area. Fun, but with more maturity.

    oh yeah, and GREAT idea for the RBC center… Before the games can be a bit dull. A well put together video before/during/and after big games could really help the crowd, AND the team. inspiration runs along side of PRIDE. and PRIDE is what wolves feed off of.

  16. RAWFS 07/18/2006 at 4:47 PM #

    The RBC, as hockey has so clearly shown, can be extremely loud.

    You can say it is because the crowds are different, or because alcohol is for sale, or because the music is louder, whatever, but to my thinking it is none of that. The RBC rocks for the Hurricanes when the Hurricanes have been at their best. In other words, when the hockey team has incited the fans to cheer as loud as they can.

    State has only done that on rare occasions in the new arena. Beating Duke comes to mind, along with defeating UNC. The rest of the time, it has come and gone in moments. Yet it is still labelled a very intimidating place to play — more so than UNC, bless their little baby blue hearts.

    Part of it is coaching – let’s face the facts. Whether you loved or hated the style of play Herb Sendek instilled, you’d be dishonest if you said that his offenses were exciting to watch and that the athleticism that makes you jump out of your seat was always on display. There’s a reason why a Towe-to-Thompson alley oop rocked Reynolds: it was a work of art. It was two for the home team. It was pain for the opposition. Sorry, but a backdoor cut is not as exciting.

    Bottom line is that the RBC can and will put the fear of God into the opposition when they consider coming here, because they will be facing a tough, athletic team with skill and poise, all backed up by more that 18K wolves who have but one mission: to give them (the visitor) forty minutes of pure unadulterated hell.

    It will happen.

  17. tcthdi-tgsf-twhwtnc 07/18/2006 at 5:44 PM #

    With all the talk about how great the RBC WILL be, I still would of prefered an on campus, 100,000,000 renovation to Reynolds. The seats behind the basket at Reynolds are far better than anything on the third level of the RBC. For one thing those seat are in Reynolds. You would of thought we would of seen the mistake Carolina made with the Dean Dome and we wouldn’t fall into the same trap.

    I thought we could build a better mouse trap than the Heels but with the exception of having some students on the floor we still managed to leave one of the most historic and feared venues in college basketball- All for a corporate arena with booze for boosters.

  18. statered 07/18/2006 at 10:44 PM #

    Its just silly to bring up renovating Reynolds. That’s like me saying that if I had it to do all over again I would have won the 100 mill powerball lotto. It just wasn’t going to happen. Be happy with what we have, its far better than most.

  19. class of 74 07/19/2006 at 6:59 AM #

    The RBC is everything a fan could want from an amenities standpoint but it has no warmth, charm or history. And of course is not on campus, which to me is it’s major failing. It is no better than Leon Co. Coliseum, The Pyramid or the MCI.

    If you’ve been to one you’ve been to them all.

  20. joe 07/19/2006 at 8:31 AM #

    Where would the Pack play during a $100 mil renovation? You can’t do major changes in just 1 off season. I guess they could have borrowed the Dean Dome!! 🙂

  21. tcthdi-tgsf-twhwtnc 07/19/2006 at 1:20 PM #

    ^^The only practicle option would of been the Dorton Arena. I think that place only sits about 7 or 8,000, it is small but there wouldn’t have been another place to do it. Back when State played in Reynolds it wouldn’t be uncommon to have crowds that size for non-ACC games so it would of been worked for a season or two. The RBC is fine if you like that kind of thing personally I don’t.

    I think the Chancellor should be sitting in the same section as a campus maintenance worker that has been buying season tickets for 25 years.

  22. joe 07/19/2006 at 2:17 PM #

    Dorton Arena only holds 5400 people. I’m sure it would have been fun to tell a lot of fans that they could not go to many of the Pack games for 2 years.

  23. blpack 07/19/2006 at 4:16 PM #

    The RBC doesn’t have to be a stale, corporate environment when the Pack plays. By the time a lot of us got to State, Reynolds had more than 30 years of history behind it. We can make the RBC a feared place to play, but not by complaining about the past or sitting on our hands during games. I’m old school and I say get out there make some noise!

  24. tcthdi-tgsf-twhwtnc 07/19/2006 at 4:36 PM #

    So you get the State of NC to update Doton Arena prior to the move since State will be renting it for two years. I’m sure seating could be reconfigured to hold more for basketball. I’m just saying it wasn’t impossible to keep State in Reynolds. Valvano really wanted to build a new arena so that is where the focus was placed 8 years before ESA.

    State has the RBC which is a nice facility with a/c and a neato scoreboard. It will be the home of the Wolfpack for years to come so I guess we must embrace the place. One thing is for sure, we all hope Sidney hangs another National Championship banner next to the Stanley Cup banner.

  25. redfred2 07/19/2006 at 4:52 PM #

    Welcome to the RBC for Wolfpack basketball.

    week 1
    Here are great memories from our glorious 1983 national championship team DW, TB,….. and featuring our very own NEW HEAD COACH SIDNEY LOWE…

    Roll tape with loud music (probably some funk appropriate there), crowd goes crazy, team has sixth man from the beginning whistle

    week 2
    Here are some more great memories from our glorious 1974 national championship season with DT, TB,…..and featuring our very own NEW ASSISTANT COACH MONTE TOWE…

    Homecourt advantage created, and before the game starts without waiting for fans to warm up and start reacting until after 10 minutes of play.

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