Iconic Florida Venue: BB&T Center – Sunrise, FL

BB&T Center History

Located at 1 Panther Parkway in beautiful Sunrise, Florida, BB&T Center opened in 1998 and became the home of the Florida Panthers. Along with hosting Panthers home games, the BB&T Center puts on a diverse array of top-tier entertainment and sporting events, including rodeo, mixed martial arts and professional wrestling. The BB&T Center was formerly known as National Car Rental Center (1998-2002), Office Depot Center (2002-2005) and Bank Atlantic Center (2005-2012).

BB&T Center Performers

The BB&T Center has been the proud home of the NHL’s Florida Panthers since 1998, and played host to two NHL Entry Drafts (2001 and 2015), as well as the 2003 NHL All-Star Game. Since Canadian pop star Céline Dion played the venue’s inaugural concert (back when it was the National Car Rental Center), world-class touring artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, Billy Joel, Lady Gaga and Garth Brooks have put on shows here. The BB&T Center has also been the destination for family entertainment like Cirque du Soleil, Disney on Ice and Monster Jam.

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Planning Your Visit to BB&T Center

Just inside the main doors of BB&T Center, you can hit up the Funky Buddha Brewery Tap Room for a selection of delicious and thirst-quenching craft beers, including the Gloves Off Red IPA Round 2 — a sudsy tribute to the Panthers. Concession stands around the venue include Taco ‘Bout It (a diverse selection of tacos), Chick It Out (different styles of chicken, including wings) and Break Away Burger (which includes the vegetarian option Dr. Praegar’s Perfect Burger). Across the street you’ll find the Sawgrass Mills mall, and nearby restaurants include Louie Bossi’s, The Inn Field, Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen and Mojito Bar. As well, the Jacaranda Golf Club is a stone’s throw away.

BB&T Center Frequently Asked Questions

What are the BB&T Center parking options?

Parking for events at BB&T Center is located on the premises, all around the venue. The Lexus Lot offers complimentary parking for all Lexus drivers. To access Club and garage parking, enter through gates 5 & 6.

Does BB&T Center serve food?

Yes. The BB&T concession stands are located in sections 105, 129 and 307, and feature different options including tacos, chicken wings and burgers. You can also visit the Funky Buddha Brewery Tap Room for a selection of craft beers.

What are the seating options at BB&T Center?

With a capacity of up to 19,250 for hockey, 20,737 for basketball and 23,000 for concerts, BB&T Center also offers premium seating and all-inclusive options in the form of luxury suites, Club Lexus and the Corona Beach House.

What are the BB&T Center health and safety guidelines?

The BB&T Center offers a free bag check outside on the tarmac. Prohibited items include all bags and purses larger than 4″x6″, strollers, alcohol, bottles, food, cans, thermoses, coolers, drugs, chains, fireworks, weapons, noisemakers and laser pointers. Information and policies/rules for attending any BB&T Center event, as well as COVID-19 specific guidelines are here.

BB&T Center At A Glance
Venue Name BB&T Center
Location Sunrise, FL
Address 1 Panther Pkwy, Sunrise, FL 33323
Phone # (954) 835-7000
Capacity 20,737
Opened 1990
Operator Broward County
Website https://www.thebbtcenter.com/

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