- Address: 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise
- Country: United States
- Capacity: 17,000
- Opened: 3 October 1998
- Main use: Ice hockey
- Tenants: Florida Panthers (ice hockey)
Extra stadium info – FLA Live Arena
The construction costs of the venue, previously known as the National Car Rental Center, the Office Depot Center, the BankAtlantic Center and the BB&T Center, were $185 million. The construction of the arena started in 1996. It became a venue for several events, like basketball, boxing, concerts, ice hockey, indoor American football, indoor football, mixed martial arts, rodeo and wrestling. The Florida Panthers moved to the arena in 1998. The ice hockey club was founded in 1993. They perform in the National Hockey League, which became the most popular ice hockey league in the world.
The first events at the FLA Live Arena
The Canadian comedian and impressionist André-Philippe Gagnon and the world famous Canadian singer Céline Dion both performed at the arena on its inauguration day. Reginald Kenneth Dwight, commonly known as Elton John, performed at the venue the next day. A few days later, the Florida Panthers played their first home game at the arena in front of a capacity crowd. The Panthers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning from Florida 4-1. Mark Daniel Parrish and Viktor Nikolayevich Kozlov both scored two goals for the Panthers.