About BB&T Center
One of Florida’s premier venues, the BB&T Center is a must-see for sports fanatics and music lovers. Located in the Miami suburb of Sunrise, just a stone’s throw from Fort Lauderdale, this indoor arena hosts some of the biggest must-see events anywhere!
The History of the BB&T Center
The BB&T Center can trace its origins back to 1992 when the NHL granted an expansion contract for the Florida Panthers. For the first few years, the Panthers would share a home with the NBA’s Miami Heat while the BB&T Center was built, and the team moved into their new digs in 1998.
One of the quirky things about this arena’s history is that it’s been renamed nearly half a dozen times since it was built. First known as the Broward County Civic Center while it was being built, naming rights have changed hands so many times that BB&T Center was once known as BankAtlantic Center, Office Depot Center and National Car Rental Center. What’s in a name, right?
BB&T Center sports events revolve around the Florida Panthers, with the arena originally being constructed as a permanent home for this NHL team. This doesn’t mean this venue hasn’t seen its share of other sports events, as it’s regularly used for basketball events and even occasionally indoor football and soccer.
There have also been a number of BB&T Center concerts held over the years, as the arena is very popular with touring music acts. From Celine Dion to U2 to Paul McCartney to Lady Gaga and more, countless big names have given concerts at this premier Florida arena.
What’s so great about BB&T Center events?
BB&T Center events are always a blast. As one of the largest indoor venues in Florida, this arena is almost always packed. Sports events have a capacity of around 20,000 while music concerts can pack in as many as 25,000 adoring fans. The amenities the BB&T Center boasts are top-notch, including leather upholstery, wet bars, and closed-circuit TVs in its 70 massive, 650-square-foot VIP suites. Just one of these suites is likely bigger than your first apartment!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is BB&T Center located?
The BB&T arena is located in Sunrise, Florida.
What kind of events does BB&T Center host?
This primary sports and entertainment arena hosts a number of events. BB&T Center sporting events include basketball, hockey, and arena football. The venue is also used for many concerts.
Which team is playing at BB&T Center?
BB&T Center is the home venue for the NHL's Florida Panthers.
Where can I park for free at BB&T Center?
There is ample parking around the BB&T Center for fans to utilize. Single ticket general admission parking will cost $20 - however, prices do vary depending on the BB&T Center event. If you’re looking to save some cash, then it’s advised you pre-book your space as it’ll reduce the price considerably.
What is the seating capacity of BB&T Center?
BB&T Center sporting events can seat 20,737, but for concerts, the arena can be expanded to accommodate over 22,000 fans.
Who owns BB&T Center?
The arena is owned by Broward County in Florida.
How do I get to BB&T Center using public transport?
If looking for parking isn’t your thing, you have public transportation options at your disposal to get you to the BB&T Center event on time. There are bus routes that drop you off right by the station, depending on where you're coming from you’ll have a number of options.