Today in NC State History: First game played at PNC Arena

November 19, 2012
By Chris Saunders

PrintNC State men’s basketball discovered in 1999 that you can’t go home again, as the old saying goes. But you can always build a new one.

It was that year that the team moved from playing its home games in Reynolds Coliseum to what was then called the Entertainment and Sports Arena, now PNC Arena.

And it was on this day that the Wolfpack got its first win in its new den, defeating the Georgia Bulldogs, 67-63. The ESA also housed home wins against Old Dominion, Providence and Purdue. And those wins were key in taking NC State to a place early that season it hadn’t been in a long time.

“The home court magic that the Wolfpack had during their stay in Reynolds Coliseum wasn’t lost when the team moved to the Entertainment and Sports Arena,” Natalie Duggins wrote in the 2000 Agromeck. “The 7-0 start propelled the Wolfpack to a place they hadn’t been since January 16,1990…in the Associated Press’ Top 25.”

The first basket scored in the Entertainment and Sports Arena, now PNC Arena, in 1999.

The first basket scored in the Entertainment and Sports Arena, now PNC Arena, in 1999.

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