FLA Live Arena, which until recently bore the name BB&T Center, opened in October of 1998 and cost $184 million to build. The arena is the largest in Florida and second-largest in the Southeastern United States. The arena is home to the NHL’s Florida Panthers. The arena has also been home to indoor soccer, minor league football, women’s football, and basketball teams. The BB&T Center, or FLA Live Arena is located in Sunrise, Florida, which is part of the Miami metropolitan area.
The Miami area was granted an expansion franchise by the NHL and the Panthers joined the league in the 1993-94 season. Like many expansion teams in professional sports, they have struggled at times, but did compete for a Stanley Cup in 1996, losing to the Colorado Avalanche. They have made a total of six trips to the playoffs. The club is affiliated with two minor league teams, the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL), and the Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the ECHL.
- 1 How many seats are in the FLA Live Arena
- 2 Directions – How to get to FLA Live Arena
- 3 Where to Park near FLA Live Arena
- 4 Other FLA Live Arena FAQs
How many seats are in the FLA Live Arena
FLA Live Arena, previously the BB&T Center, has a maximum seating of 19,250 for Florida Panther games making it one of the larger NHL arenas. Seating is mainly divided into two sections, lower 100 seats and upper 300 seats, with many speciality seating areas around the venue. The arena holds over 20,000 for basketball games and as many as 22,457 for concerts.
Directions – How to get to FLA Live Arena
BB&T Center, or FLA Live Arena, is located at 1 Panther Parkway in Sunrise, Florida, and is easy to get to from the SawgrassExpressway and Interstates 75, 95, and 595. In most cases, fans will exit the highway and take Flamingo Road to Panther Parkway.
Where to Park near FLA Live Arena
There are close to 20 parking lots surrounding BB&T Center, aka FLA Live Arena, providing plenty of parking for Florida Panthers’ games. There are some parking areas associated with specific seating, like suite and club seats, so be sure to check before you go. There are general parking lots on both sides of the arena, too. Typically you will pay $20 for most events at the arena, but savvy locals know you can park for free at the Sawgrass Mall across the street and traffic cops are in place to ensure fan safety as they make their way to the arena.
Other FLA Live Arena FAQs
How many fans do the Florida Panthers have?
Although the Florida Panthers are a small market team and may not play in the hockey towns of New York, Boston, or Montreal, they do have a loyal fan base due to the number of transplants in the Sunshine State from up north.
What does BB&T Center mean?
Is part of a banking industry corporation and stands for Branch Banking and Trust Company.
FLA Live Arena, previously the BB&T Center, first and foremost cautions fans to stay at home if they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms. Masks are suggested, but not required. According to the arena website, these measures have also been put in place to ensure everyone’s health and safety: Only small clutches 4”x6” and under will be permitted as part of the arena’s no bag policy, FLA Live Arena has completely cashless points of payment for all food and merchandise vendors, some event tickets are digital only with contactless mobile ticketing, guests are encouraged to maintain a safe distance and proper hand-washing and hygiene before, during and after your visit.
How much is a Florida Panthers hockey ticket?
Florida Panthers tickets are very affordable, with many games with prices as low as $15 for seats in the 300 section. Depending on the exact game, there are many tickets in the lower 100 section for between $50 and $80, too.
What hockey teams play at the FLA Live Arena?
The Atlantic Division Eastern Conference Florida Panthers play their home games at the BB&T Center, which is now the FLA Live Arena.
Who owns the FLA Live Arena?
The arena is owned by Broward county.