PNC Arena debutes new look

PNC Arena (Photo by ABC11 Photojournalist Jim Schumacher)

March 15, 2012 10:26:26 AM PDT
One of the Triangle's largest entertainment venues has a new name and new look.

The PNC Arena, formerly known as the RBC Center, ushered in a new era Thursday.

On hand for the big reveal outside the arena was Governor Bev Perdue, the Carolina Hurricanes' owner and PNC officials.

When the Carolina Hurricanes take the ice Thursday night, fans will be greeted with a new logo at center-ice and they will be treated to gift card give-a-ways and a special presentation about the building history.

The naming rights are part of the multi-billion dollar merger between RBC Bank and PNC.

It's an exciting change, but also a sign of economic challenge. The merger means job cuts for up to 600 RBC workers based in Rocky Mount and Raleigh.

Without out new jobs in other departments within the company, many have to leave their positions starting Friday.

"We're working hard and aggressively trying to get those jobs back," Gov. Perdue said. "They'll be like Wells Fargo, having more jobs than they did with the acquisition."

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