BankAtlantic Center

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The BankAtlantic Center (previously known as Broward County Civic Arena, National Car Rental Center and Office Depot Center) is an indoor arena located in Sunrise, Florida, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and adjacent to the popular Sawgrass Mills Mall.

The arena features 70 suites & 2,623 club seats.

The arena is directly accessible from the Sawgrass Expressway northbound at the Pat Salerno Drive exit, and in both directions at the Oakland Park Boulevard and Sunrise Boulevard exits.

The arena is home to the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League, the Miami Caliente of the Lingerie Football League and was to the Florida Pit Bulls of the American Basketball Association when they existed.

The arena was completed in 1998, at a cost of $185 million, almost entirely publicly financed.

History

The search for a new arena began in 1992, when H. Wayne Huizenga obtained the new franchise for the Florida Panthers hockey team, who initially played at the now-demolished Miami Arena. The search process became a fast-track development strategy when the site in Sunrise, Florida, was selected in June, 1996. In July, 1996, Alex Muxo gathered more than a dozen architects, engineers and contractors for the first major design brainstorming session. Time was of the essence. A state-of-the-art arena had to be built by August 30, 1998, to accommodate the fall 1998 Hockey Season.

Seventy suites were completed with wet bars, closed...
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