The RBC Center (originally the Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena) is an indoor arena located in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is home to the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL and the North Carolina State University Wolfpack men's basketball team of NCAA Division I. The arena also hosted the Carolina Cobras of the Arena Football League from 2000 to 2002. The arena neighbors Carter-Finley Stadium, home of Wolfpack Football; the North Carolina State Fairgrounds; and Dorton Arena (on the Fairgrounds).
The arena seats 19,722 for basketball or 18,680 for ice hockey, including 75 luxury suites and 2,000 club seats. The building has three concourses, and includes a 500-seat restaurant. It is the second largest arena in the ACC and the tenth-largest in the NCAA.
Known as the Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena or ESA from 1999 to 2002, it was renamed the RBC Center after an extended search for a corporate sponsor. RBC Bank, a U.S. bank that is owned by the Royal Bank of Canada, acquired 20-year naming rights for a reported $80 million.
The RBC Center is host of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) tourney from 1999–Present.
The RBC Center was a site for the men's Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2004 and 2008 NCAA Tournament.
The RBC Center is affectionately known as the "Raleigh Basketball Center."
The RBC Center is also known as the "Rink of Fire" for Carolina Hurricanes games as a play on words of the popular song by Johnny Cash.