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BankAtlantic Center Ranks No. 24 in the Country

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
‘Center of it All’ one of the world’s top venues

SUNRISE, Fla. – Trade Publication PollStar announced today that the BankAtlantic Center ranked No. 24 in the United States in the publication’s fourth quarter building rankings. The ‘Center of it All’ has an even more exciting quarter ahead with acts such as Foo Fighters, Van Halen, Donna Summer, Jackie Mason and more scheduled for the first three months of 2008.

“It was a phenomenal year of entertainment at the BankAtlantic Center in 2007,” Sunrise Sports & Entertainment chief operating officer Michael Yormark said. “These latest numbers are proof that the BankAtlantic Center continues to be the premier entertainment destination in South Florida. Moving forward we will continue to maintain an aggressive programming strategy and expect to move up the rankings quickly with a stellar schedule of events over the next six months.”

The BAC ranked ahead of such renowned venues as the XCel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., the United Center in Chicago, the Pepsi Center in Denver and more.

Additionally, Sunrise Sports & Entertainment and the BankAtlantic Center would like to thank all of their constituents for making 2007 one of the most successful years in the history of the venue.

The BankAtlantic Center hosted some of the world’s top tours in 2007 including Beyonce, Disney High School Musical, American Idols Live!, Chris Brown, Tool, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Rod Stewart, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nickelback and “Dancing With The Stars.”

“We put together a sensational schedule of concerts and shows for our fans in 2007 and have a great entertainment schedule set for the coming months,” SSE Director of Event Programming Sid Greenfeig said. “Both the frequency and diversity of our events continues to position the BankAtlantic Center as the premier entertainment venue in South Florida.”

Sunrise Sports & Entertainment is the premier company of its kind in South Florida. Home to more than 185 events annually and the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, the BankAtlantic Center is consistently a top 20 U.S. venue according to Pollstar. The BankAtlantic Center welcomes more than two million guests each year and is also the home of the Sinatra Theatre presented by BankAtlantic and three monthly South Florida publications: Unrestricted and Panthers Insider.
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