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BankAtlantic Center Nominated For Arena Of The Year By Pollstar

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. – Sunrise Sports & Entertainment announced today that Pollstar – a leading music trade publication – has named the BankAtlantic Center as one of eight finalists for Arena of the Year for the 20th Annual Pollstar Awards.

The BankAtlantic Center joins the AmericanAirlines Center in Dallas, Madison Square Garden in New York, the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan, the Sommet Center in Nashville, the Sprint Center in Kansas City, the Staples Center in Los Angeles and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. as Arena of the Year nominees.
“We are thrilled and honored to be nominated for Arena of the Year by a publication as esteemed as Pollstar,” said SSE president & chief operating officer Michael Yormark. “Clearly, our commitment to aggressive, diverse programming and first class customer service has paid off, but we must also take the time to thank all of out constituents – fans, partners, artists, promoters, staff, etc. – for helping to make the BankAtlantic Center the ‘Center of it All’ for South Florida entertainment.”
The BankAtlantic Center has enjoyed an incredible year to date with huge shows such as Mary J. Blige, American Idol, George Michael, Tom Petty, Foo Fighters, Diana Ross, Van Halen, Donna Summer, Jonas Brothers, Dancing With The Stars: The Tour, Blue Man Group, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, B.B. King, Katt Williams, The Cure and more.
The 20th Annual Pollstar Awards will take place at Club Nokia at the LA Live complex in Los Angeles, on January 30, 2009. The annual Pollstar Awards include 32 categories that honor touring acts, promoters, agents, managers, venues and production companies, who are voted on by their peers.

Sunrise Sports & Entertainment is the premier company of its kind in South Florida. Home to more than 200 events annually and the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, the BankAtlantic Center is consistently a top 15 worldwide venue according to Pollstar. The BankAtlantic Center welcomes more than two million guests each year and is also the home of Sawgrass Live presented by BankAtlantic and two monthly magazines Unrestricted and Panthers Insider.
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