Gov. Roy Cooper: 'Stay home, watch the basketball game on TV'
Despite Wednesday’s winter storm, N.C. State and Wake Forest will play their basketball game Thursday at 8 p.m. at PNC Arena as scheduled, the school said in a release.
Gov. Roy Cooper, however, is encouraging fans to stay home.
“My advice, if they don’t cancel this game, would be to watch it on TV, listen to it on the radio, online,” Cooper said. “That’s the most comfortable place to watch it, anyway.”
Wake County got 4 to 7 inches of snow Wednesday, and North Carolina is under a state of emergency until further notice. But ACC guidelines stipulate that a game will be played if the teams and officials can safely travel to the game site. Wake Forest arrived in Raleigh Wednesday night around 9 p.m., and practiced at PNC Arena Thursday morning.
“As of this afternoon both teams and officials are able to make it to the arena safely, and the game will be played as scheduled,” the school said in a statement Thursday afternoon.
N.C. State is offering a ticket exchange program for fans unable to attend. Fans who purchased tickets directly through N.C. State, via season tickets, single game, or a mini-pack and do not plan on attending tonight’s game have until March 2 to exchange their unused ticket for any remaining regular season home game during the 2017-18 season with the exception of the Feb. 10 North Carolina game, which is already sold out.
Information about the ticket exchange is available by calling the ticket office at 919-865-1510 or emailing TicketOffice@ncsu.edu.
Fans who bought tickets through a third-party vendor, such as StubHub, need to contact the seller directly.
Classes at N.C. State and Wake Forest were canceled on Thursday and two other N.C. State athletic events were impacted by the weather.
N.C. State issued specific guidelines for those who still plan to attend Thursday’s game, saying in a statement that “fans should plan on a slow moving ingress on Edwards Mill Road, Trinity Road, Blue Ridge Road, and Westchase Blvd. Fans should plan on a modified and slow moving egress pattern. Some portions of the property will only be able to egress using one lane.”
PNC Arena parking lots will open at 5:30 p.m. and doors open to the public at 6:30 p.m.
General parking will use lots 1000-6000 and, while fans may enter any open gate, Stadium East and other grass lots are not useable.
Arena gate A will be closed, but all other gates will be open.
General and pay handicap parking will be in the VIP area.
N.C. State’s women’s basketball game at North Carolina, originally scheduled for 7 p.m., was moved to 4 p.m. at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill. The Wolfpack baseball team’s season-opening Pack9 Party, scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, was canceled.
Cooper also urged everyone to avoid driving today so crews could clear snow and ice from roads.
“This is not the day to learn to drive in the snow,” Cooper said at a Thursday morning news conference. “The snow is beautiful, but the roads are treacherous. Do not drive unless you absolutely have to.”
N.C. State (12-6, 2-3 ACC) is unbeaten in its two ACC home games this season. Wake Forest (8-9, 1-4) will play its third league game in the Triangle in the last three weeks. The Demon Deacons lost 73-69 at North Carolina on Dec. 30 and 89-71 at Duke last Saturday.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Staff writer Aaron Moody contributed.