SUNRISE, Fla. - The Florida Panthers and its parent company Sunrise Sports & Entertainment announced today that they have reached a modified operating agreement with Broward County for the county-owned BB&T Center.
"We are humbled and appreciative of the support from Broward County," Florida Panthers Owner, Governor and Chairman Vinnie Viola said. "My partner Doug Cifu and I want to thank the County Commissioners, County Administrator and County staff for their work on this agreement. As we have repeatedly stated the Florida Panthers are committed to Broward County and South Florida. We will continue to work tirelessly to make the franchise successful on and off the ice and a valued member of the Broward County community.”
"The National Hockey League is extremely pleased that the Florida Panthers and Broward County have agreed to work together to create an exciting future for the Panthers, their fans and BB&T Center," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "This collaboration provides a terrific opportunity for a surging team and an outstanding venue to energize the sports landscape in South Florida."
"This partnership ensures that the BB&T Center will continue to be a premiere sports and entertainment facility benefiting the Broward County community and all of South Florida," Florida Panthers Executive Chairman Peter Luukko said. "The agreement shows the county's commitment to arena improvements and to the team. We are excited for what the future holds for both the Panthers and the BB&T Center."
"We've made a significant investment over the last 17 years in the BB&T Center and with the Florida Panthers," County Administrator Bertha Henry said. "We want to continue the partnership and we can do that when both sides are committed."