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.

Plan Ahead For Heavy Traffic

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

Parking Passes

For your convenience, it is encouraged to purchase your parking voucher at the time of your ticket purchase at or

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

Premier Parking Passes are available for purchase at for 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 Ticket Office presented by Ticketmaster at 919-861-2323. 

Accessible Parking

A mobile parking pass is required for guests needing Accessible Parking - there is not a specific ADA pass to purchase. Simply purchase general parking, enter the property with your hangtag or placard displayed, and parking attendants will direct you to the approporiate areas.


Tailgating is permitted at PNC Arena. Guests may not use multiple parking spots or restrict access to roadways when tailgating. Please review Tailgating Rules & Regulations for more information. 

Vehicles must be cleared from the property within one hour of the end of the event unless permitted to stay by PNC Arena staff, or for safe driving considerations. Any vehicles remaining on property overnight must be removed by 8AM* the following day. 

*Time subject to change, pending the schedule of events. Please visit the resepctive event page for up-to-date information.

EV Charging Stations

PNC Arena offers six ChargePoint EV charging stations in partnership with Wolfspeed. Chargers are operational from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. each day. 

Passenger Drop-Off and Pick-Up

PNC Arena Rideshare offers convenient, one-stop drop-off and pick-up location across the main roadway from VIP Parking, next to Townebank Center at Carter-Finley Stadium. The Rideshare program is available for all Arena events.

Drop-offs and pick-ups will enter via Gate C (Trinity Road) and proceed along Carter Finley Roadway to the Gate C drop-off location. Guests should then take the stairs down to the sidewalk and up to PNC Arena. Drivers should NOT turn into any gate or parking lot, except Gate C. Alert parking staff immediately upon entering the property so that you can be directed to the Gate C rideshare location from Trinity Rd.

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.

Avoid Towing

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