2012 – July Month Meeting Review Facility Tours:

July Month Meeting Review   Facility Tours:

 PNC Arena Tour
 By Connie Drake – Little


Rob Douglas who it the senior production manager at PNC Arena gave us a very lively and animated tour of the PNC Arena.  He filled the tour with stories about all the different events and celebrities that they cater too.  He shared fact about the Arena.  The building itself cost $158 million to build and has undergone a few more million in renovation over the years like the new scoreboard and update to locker rooms and confessions as well as other areas to accommodate their guest. They have all different types of event in the arena more than just hockey and basketball, but also concerts (big and small), Monster Jam and the Circus. It takes less than 2 hours to convert the Arena from Hockey to Basketball.  They also rent the arena for big conferences or just the restaurant area for small events like IFMA lunches and weddings.  For sporting events the arena seats 18,000-20,000 people.  For a concert the upper sections can be closed off to accommodate any size crowd.  The arena floor itself is an 8” slap of concrete over the heating and cooling element needed to maintain the ice.  The ice itself is only 1.25” thick with a couple of different levels of paint throughout for the white color and graphics.  When they have other events that doesn’t need the ice; they put an 1” recycled composite board floor over the ice.  Once hockey season is over the ice is melted and the floor is left as concrete.  It take hours to melt the ice and remove the paint and more time to recreate the ice layer by layer; so that is why the ice is only done once a year.  We ended the tour with a visit to the Wolfpack locker room; to see where the real athletes spend their time and had the opportunity to take a group photo on the arena floor.  Thank you PNC for the tour and the great accommodation provided every month.


Wendell H. Murphy Football Center                        
By: Carlos Duran – CFE Inc., An Evans Roofing Company

Our group went through an in-depth tour of the Murphy Center beginning at the A. E. Finley Hall of Champions which included photos, awards and memorabilia of NC State’s prestigious football history. The Strength and Conditioning Center has a newly installed state-of-the-art track that allows players to hone their skills in a weather controlled setting. It also has a newly redesigned Strength and Conditioning room that will focus on Coach Corey Edmunds back to the basics training philosophy. During Coach Chuck Amado’s tenure, the center installed a state-of-the-art that hydrotherapy room with cold and hot plunge pools and an underwater treadmill pool with video monitoring system. At that time only seven college sports programs had anything similar to it. We continued our visit though the dining hall where student athletes have an opportunity to have a sit down dinner, pass time on many of a variety of game tables and watch high definition televisions.  Helmets of all of the players selected in the first round of the NFL draft are displayed in the hall. We concluded our visit at the academic center where student athletes can work on their school assignments and receive tutoring.  Our attention was directed towards a motivational poster that read.

Winners vs Losers                                

 When a winner makes a mistake, he says “I was wrong;”
When a loser makes a mistake, he says “It wasn’t my fault.”


 A winner works harder than a loser and has more time;
A loser is always ‘too busy to do what is necessary.”


 A winner goes through a problem;
A loser goes around it and never gets past it.


 A winner makes commitments;
A loser makes promises.


 A winner says, “I’m good, but not as good as I ought to be;”
A loser says, “I’m not as bad as a lot of other people.”


 A winner respects those who are superior to him and tries to learn something from them;
A loser resents those who are superior to him and tries to find clinks in the armor.


 A winner feels responsible for more than his job;
A loser says, “I only work here.”


 A winner says “There ought to be a better way to do it;”
A loser says, “That’s the way it’s always been done here”


 We had great time and hope we that others will take advantage of the experience in the future.