Parking FAQ

Parking & Traffic Tips

Parking lots open early.

PNC Arena parking lots open 3 hours prior to hockey games, and 2.5 hours prior to NC State Basketball and most other events. 

Arrive Early.

To avoid traffic congestion and delays, we recommend arriving 1 hour prior to the event start time.

Parking Passes

Please display any parking credentials (VIP, PREMIER, etc.) for easy recognition.

Premier Parking Passes are available for purchase at PNC Arena's Box Office for most concerts and events (excluding Carolina Hurricanes hockey games, NC State men's basketball, and family shows with multiple performances). For information on pricing and availability visit individual event pages or call the Box Office at 919-861-2323. 

Can’t arrive early?

Paved parking lots surrounding the PNC Arena fill quickly. If arriving less than 30 minutes prior to event start time, please plan to park in unpaved lots.

Plan ahead for heavy traffic.

Plan ahead for heavy traffic traveling on I-40, I-440, and Wade Avenue during weekdays.

Avoid Towing.

There is no curbside parking around PNC Arena. All unattended vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Passenger Drop-Off and Pick-Up.

Passenger drop-off and pick-up is permitted at the VIP Parking Lot. 


Tailgating is permitted in one parking space only - refer to our Tailgating Guidelines for proper setup and regulations. Please dispose of charcoal properly, and do not leave an open fire unattended. Please think of your fellow guests while tailgating, be safe, and dispose of all trash, bottles and cans. Broken glass may cause harm to others walking on PNC Arena property.