Jan 29 / 2009

New Traffic Pattern To Begin Feb. 12

Beginning February 12, the RBC Center is implementing a new traffic pattern for cars entering from Edward's Mill Road for Carolina Hurricanes games.


Beginning Thursday February 12th, the RBC Center is implementing a new traffic pattern for cars entering from Edward’s Mill Road for Carolina Hurricanes games. This change is the result of fan surveys, analyzing ingress patterns, and input from traffic engineers. The new pattern is intended to improve traffic flow into the arena in anticipation of the upcoming extension of Edward’s Mill Road to NC Highway 54. Please take time to review these tips to help expedite your arrival and enhance your visit to the RBC Center.

Usually, traffic is allowed to free flow into any lot until one hour prior to game time. Thereafter, traffic is diverted according to conditions and operational needs.

VIP, Premier and Premier Gold pass holders should only enter the arena property from Gate D for Westside access, or Gate F off Blue Ridge Road from the East. These directions and maps are on the backside of the parking pass.

Please hang parking passes from the rearview mirror before entering RBC Center property. This will allow police and traffic agents to direct your vehicle to the appropriate lot without delay.

General parking traffic wishing to access the East parking lots from Edward’s Mill Road, should use the far left traffic lane when entering the arena roadway.

As always, we encourage everyone to arrive as early as possible to avoid the most congested time ----- 25 minutes prior to game time.

The RBC Center parking lots open three hours prior to Hurricanes games.

During our Parking and Traffic Town Hall Meeting, the majority of issues focused on access to the property from the West and access into the 5000 lot. After months of observing and analyzing traffic ingress and egress patterns, meetings and discussions with our Ambassadors, planning and testing a new traffic ingress pattern off of Edwards Mill Road and along the West side of the Arena property, we are happy to report that the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

Many people were involved in this undertaking, including traffic engineers from Kimley-Horn Associates, Hurricanes Season Ticket Holder Ambassadors, Parking and Traffic Management, and RBC Center / Carolina Hurricanes Executive Management.

Average Travel Time
According to surveys conducted with our season ticket holders, our Ambassadors Personal Travel Logs, and our internal studies, the average travel time to get into the RBC Center on non-sold-out games is 50 minutes and 1 hour for sold-out games.

Exiting Traffic
Traffic departure from the RBC Center averages 36 minutes from the time the game ends.

Additional Travel Conditions

Travel time as noted requires adjustments for the following conditions: 

  •  Inclement weather; rain, cold, snow, etc. 
  •  Friday night games 
  •  During dark periods of the year 
  •  Sold-out, 26 and 12 game plan nights 
  •  Ticket exchange nights 
  •  Promotional giveaway nights 
  •  Activity at Hunt Horse Complex, Fairgrounds, Cardinal Gibbons School events, increased commuter traffic,
  • traffic accidents and road work 
  • RBC Center paved lots at or near capacity

Our goal is to help you get into and out of the RBC Center in a timely manner. We want you to beat the standard arrival time of 50 minutes for non-sold-out games or 1 hour for sold-out games, notwithstanding conditions beyond our control.