The Florida Panthers are a professional men’s hockey team based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. They are part of the southeast division of the eastern conference in the National Hockey League (NHL). But where do the Florida Panthers play? This article will answer precisely that question and also look at five interesting facts about the Florida Panthers.
Where do the Florida Panthers Play
The Florida Panthers play at the BankAtlantic Centre. It was formally called the National Car Rental Centre, Broward County Civic Arena and Office Depot Centre. It is an indoor arena and is located in a Sunrise, a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. BankAtlantic Centre is very close to the popular Sawgrass Mills Mall. The arena is readily accessible off the Sawgrass Expressway at the Oakland Park Boulevard exit. The arena was only completed ten years ago (1998) and cost $US185 million. The arena was almost entirely publicly funded. The arena has a capacity of 19,250 people for all hockey matches. The capacity is slightly larger (22,457) when there is a centre stage concert at the BankAtlantic Centre. Miley Cyrus, the (then) 14 year old pop star, sold out the arena in minutes for the Best of Both Worlds Tour. So now you know where the Florida Panthers play. Now, let’s look at five facts about the Florida Panthers.
Facts about the Florida Panthers
Fact 1: The Florida Panthers are co-owned by Alan Cohen and Bernie Kosar.
Fact 2: 2008 marked the seventh straight time that the Florida Panthers failed to make the playoffs.
Fact 3: The Florida Panthers have two minor league affiliates; the Rochester Americans in the AHL and the Florida Everblades in the ECHL.
Fact 4: The Florida Panthers have never won a Stanley Cup. They reached the Stanley Cup final only once in 1996.
Fact 5: The current captain of the Florida Panthers is Olli Jokinen.