Wed 12/13 – 4-9 PM – Our very special eggnog at a special price of $8 – a cooked version similar to a thin custard, spiced and spiked – you will love it and it is healthy!
NC Dorton Arena was the first structure in the world to use a cable-supported roof. It is a 7,610-seat multi-purpose arena located in Raleigh NC on the grounds of the NC State Fair that opened in 1952. Designed by the Architect Maciej Nowicki, a professor at the NC State University Department of Architecture, he unfortunately, was killed in an airplane crash before the construction phase. Local architect William Henley Dietrick supervised the completion of the arena using Nowicki’s innovative design. The design features a steel cable supported saddle-shaped roof in tension, held up by parabolic concrete arches in compression. The arches cross about 20 feet above ground level and continue underground, where the ends of the arches are held together by more steel cables in tension. The outer walls of the arena support next to no weight at all.
The structure is based on two parabolic concrete arches which lean over to the point that they are closer to being parallel to the ground than they are to being vertical. The arches lean toward and beyond each other in such a way that they cross each other 26 feet above ground. These arches, approaching horizontal in plane, thus serve as the outer edges of the structure, which when viewed from above appears almost elliptical. The arches are supported by slender columns around the building perimeter. Cables are strung between the two opposing arch structures providing support for the saddle-shaped roof.
Completed in 1952, the arena was the predecessor of more famous domed stadiums to follow such as the Houston Astrodome in 1965 and the Louisiana Superdome in 1975. Dorton Arena was designated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2002. Also, Dorton Arena was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in April 1973. Originally named the “State Fair Arena”, it was dedicated to Dr. J. S. Dorton, former North Carolina State Fair manager, in 1961. It has hosted many sporting events and teams, concerts, political rallies, and circuses throughout the decades. The longest-running tenant was the Raleigh Ice Caps (ECHL) ice hockey team from 1991–1998 and the American Basketball Association’s Carolina Cougars’ games in the arena from 1969–74. It was also the home of the Carolina Rollergirls (WFTDA). The arena hosted the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) regional robotics competition and was the first space to hold a regional in the state. Many famous performers have been hosted in the arena: James Taylor (NC’s native), Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Otis Redding, Lou Rawls, Jimmi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Chicago, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Cool & the Gang, Prince, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Dolly Parton to name a few.
NC Dorton Arena Cocktails: James Taylor – Spiced Laird’s Applejack toddy (served heated); Dolly Parton – CB Frost, Peach brandy, sweet tea, ginger beer; Led Zeppelin – CB Frost, freshly squeezed lemonade; Blood Sweat & Tears – Heering Cherry brandy, Kvint brandy, sweet vermouth, orange juice; Jimmi Hendrix – CB Frost, gin, simple syrup, Tonic water, cucumber garnish; 1/2 price Fruit/infused brandy flight