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Panthers are positioned to foster a fervent, lasting following

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

by Ethan J. Skolnick for Sun-Sentinel

SUNRISE · For a professional sports franchise, few sounds are sweeter than these:

"Leave me alone!"

"Dad, tell him to stop hitting me!"

"Popcorn, popcorn! Cool!"

"Hey, Mom, get me this T-shirt!"

Those are the sounds of squabbling and shrieking young siblings on sugar highs, after they stream through turnstiles. Some swing miniature goalie sticks. Some speed-skate on the backs of shoes. Some stare at peers performing in dance and martial arts exhibitions.

Those are the sounds you hear and sights you see in the main plaza of the BankAtlantic Center before every Florida Panthers game.

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