SUNRISE, Fla. - The Florida Panthers and the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that the NHL Centennial Fan Arena is coming to Sunrise, Fla., March 2-4. An interactive traveling fan experience that will visit all NHL markets across North America in 2017, the NHL Centennial Fan Arena is part of the NHL's Centennial festivities honoring a century's worth of extraordinary players, teams, remarkable plays and unforgettable moments.
The NHL Centennial Fan Arena is free of charge and open to fans of all ages. It will be located at the BB&T Center on Thursday, March 2 from 6-10 pm when fans are invited to a special watch party as the Panthers visit the Philadelphia Flyers at 7 pm.
Fans can visit the Fan Arena on Saturday, March 4 at the BB&T Center between 12-7 pm. The Stanley Cup® will be available from 12-7 pm, with 12-3 pm priority access for Panthers Season Ticket Holders.
Florida Panthers Alumni including Randy Moller, Bill Lindsay, NHL 100 Honoree and Hockey Hall-of-Famer Denis Potvin and more will be in attendance at Saturday's event. Stick and puck as well as clinic and skills competitions for kids will also take place during the event.
In conjunction with the League, fans attending the arena are encouraged to "Recycle The Game" by donating old gear. All donations will support local Florida hockey programs in need.
Fans attending the free event on Saturday should enter through Gate 5 and will be directed to park in the B2 lot.
The NHL Centennial Fan Arena includes:
MUSEUM TRUCK - The main attraction is a 53-foot museum truck with an innovative interior featuring more than 1,000 square feet of interactive digital displays, original video content, historical memorabilia, and unique photo moments.
ENTERTAINMENT TRUCK - A second 53-foot trailer will host a giant video screen featuring team trivia and highlights, as well as a pop-out stage for special appearances.
THE "RINK" - A pop-up ball hockey rink will give youth hockey players a chance to shine with programmed games and clinics.
CLEAR THE ICE ZAMBONI® VR EXPERIENCE - This never-before-seen VR experience allows fans from across North America to compete against each other in a race to resurface the ice. Fans will take a seat in a mini-Zamboni® ice resurfacer, feel cool air on their skin and their seat rumble, as they are tasked with creating the perfect sheet of ice - in virtual reality. All races will be timed and shared on a leaderboard.
STANLEY CUP® - The oldest and most revered trophy in all professional sports will make a special appearance.
RSVP PROGRAM - Fans attending the Centennial Fan Arena can RSVP at NHL.com/FanArena in advance of the event. The RSVP program includes pre-registration for the free activities at the Fan Arena including the CLEAR THE ICE Zamboni® VR Experience and photos with the Stanley Cup®, and will provide event reminder notifications (dates, times, locations, events, special appearances and more).
For more information and the most up-to-date schedule of events, please visit nhl.com/fanarena or FloridaPanthers.com/NHL100 for more information.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
BB&T Center, Thursday, March 2
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.: Watch Party at the BB&T Center. Museum Truck, Clear The Ice Zamboni® VR Experience, The "Rink"
Friday, March 3
3 p.m. - 7 p.m.: NHL Centennial Fan Arena Clear the Ice Zamboni® Experience, Stanley Cup® viewing and Mardi Gras Casino Fanboni at the Fort Lauderdale Beach Promenade at the corner of A1A and Las Olas Boulevard
BB&T Center,Saturday, March 4
12 - 6:45 p.m.: Museum Truck, Clear The Ice Zamboni® VR Experience, The "Rink"
12 - 3 p.m.: Priority access for Season Ticket Holders to view the Stanley Cup®
4 - 6:45 p.m.: Public viewing of the Stanley Cup®
ABOUT THE NHL CENTENNIAL
The NHL's Centennial celebration, honoring 100 years of NHL hockey, officially commenced on January 1, 2017 with the Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic™ outdoor game. Throughout the year, the Centennial celebration will include a variety of important content initiatives, ceremonies, recognitions, observances and special events. For more information, visit NHL.com/100, the central hub of all NHL Centennial news, content, videos, images, and NHL Centennial Fan Arena and NHL Centennial events.
The Florida Panthers return home to host the Edmonton Oilers on Feb. 22 at the BB&T Center. Full and partial ticket packages are available that include flexible payment plans. In addition, single game suites and group pricing are available for the 2016-17 season. Please call (954) 835- PUCK (7825) or visit FloridaPanthers.com/TicketCentral to purchase your ticket plan.