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Hockey, Food and Music Combine for the Perfect Game Experience at BB&T Center

by Jameson Olive / Florida Panthers


SUNRISE, Fla. –
The Florida Panthers have gone to great lengths to ensure that the party doesn’t stop when the puck isn’t in play at the BB&T Center during the 2015-16 season.

Already the preeminent sports and entertainment venue in South Florida with more than two million customers entering its doors each year, several new amenities have been added to the BB&T Center this season in order to give fans a more complete experience that targets each and every one of their senses.

Upon entering the arena, fans are greeted by a chorus of captivating melodies echoing from the New Times Band Stand for Rock, Hockey and Hops located directly above Pantherland in the Coors Light Cold Zone at the front of the BB&T Center.

The Band Stand, brought to you by New Times Miami/Broward, features live music performances when doors open, during intermission and post-game.

J Street Revival, a local rock duo compromised of lead singer J.D. Danner and guitarist Joni Bottari, serves as the official house band of the Panthers and is one of several talented acts that will take the stage this season.

“This has been amazing,” said Danner, who performs both her original songs and covers. “The energy is so great from the fans. It’s exciting to be a part of this and it’s been a really great experience.”

“I’m a big hockey fan so it’s a big bonus,” added Bottari.

Much like the Panthers, Danner is known for having a strong commitment to the armed forces and was previously awarded the "Appreciation For Commitment and Devotion To Those Who Serve Award” from Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, which sends care packages to troops overseas, for her continued performances and work with the organization.

“We played at halftime for the Indianapolis Colts a few years ago,” said Danner, who describes the band’s sound as a mix of blues, country and rock. “It’s great to be back in an arena again.”

If you’re hankering for more than music, the Panthers’ recently unveiled Guest Chef Program can bring a wide variety of flavors from all over the tri-county directly to your taste buds at the BB&T Center.

The program, which was created in conjunction with Fort Lauderdale's Culinary Convenience, gives local chefs the chance to showcase their talents at selected premium locations in the arena. In addition to a savory selection of diverse culinary dishes, unlimited wine, beer, sodas and bottled water are also offered as part of each club’s package.

Chefs Nuno Grullon and Rocco Carulli of R House in Miami were recently featured as a part of the program and enjoyed the experience of sharing some of their signature dishes with hungry fans as the Panthers battled the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 27.

“We’re giving people a taste of R House and giving them an idea about what we’re like at the restaurant,” said Grullon, who crafted everything from a seafood moqueca to a sweet pea falafel throughout the evening.

“R House is a fine dining establishment, but this more fun, more finger-type food. We want to incorporate the fresh-grade ingredients we use at our restaurant, but bring it into a more casual environment.”

With a constant stream of talented chefs and musicians scheduled to appear throughout the season, fans will no longer will have to choose between a fun night out or an exciting game of hockey as both can now be found at the BB&T Center.

For more information on Chefs & menus, please visit FloridaPanthers.com/GuestChef.

For a full schedule of bands please visit FloridaPanthers.com/NewTimesBandstand.


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