The Florida Panthers entered the NHL in 1993 and it didn’t take long for them to have success. After missing the playoffs in their first two seasons, the Panthers not only earned a postseason berth in their third season, but they made it all the way to the Finals. Florida won their first and only conference championship during that 1995-1996 season. The Panthers reached the postseason again the following season, but then went on a stretch of missing the playoffs 12 times in a 13-year span. The organization won their first division title in 2011-2012 and they are still in search of their first Stanley Cup title. Former center Olli Jokinen currently leads the franchise in points and goals, and ranks second assists. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Florida Panthers hockey tickets.
2015 Panthers Season Preview
The Florida Panthers struggled in the 2013 NHL season. Florida finished the season 29-45, and almost 30 points outside the NHL Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot.
This result led Panthers general manager Dale Tallon to go on a giant spending spree, bringing in loads of veteran talent. Tallon brought proven championship players in Willie Mitchell, Dave Bolland, Shawn Thornton, and Jussi Jokinen to Florida in hopes of quickly turning the Panthers into contenders. When those players are added to the returning stars of Aleksander Brokov and Roberto Luongo, the Florida Panthers look to be a much improved team for 2014. With so much change in Florida, it is hard to tell exactly where the Panthers will finish in the Eastern Conference, but expect the Florida Panthers to be playing meaningful games late into the season.
Florida Panthers Hockey at BB&T Center Address: 1 Panther Pkwy, Sunrise, Florida, 33323
The Panthers play all their home games at the BB&T Center, located in Sunrise, Florida. When filled to capacity, the BB&T Center holds over 19,000 screaming fans. The state-of-the-art facility holds numerous sporting events throughout the year including boxing and mixed martial arts. The BB&T Center also hosts many entertainment acts as well. The Florida Panthers home bench is on the BB&T Center rink side in front of sections 101 & 102. BB&T Center parking information is covered in our Panthers event guide.
Panthers vs. Lightning
The Lightning and Panthers are in the same stat and division, so the rivalry was bound to happen since they were both brought into the league in the early 90s. Since they came in the league, the two clubs have wanted to prove they were the better expansion choice. Lots of fights have come through the Battle of the Sunshine State, but the Panthers have won most of them thus far.
Panthers vs. Hurricanes
Even during stretches where both the Panthers and Canes were struggling, they found good matchups between the two. Hockey in the southeast started out late, but these two geographical rivals have had some exciting games over the years. The two became rivals in 1998 when they finally were in the same division. They’ve been moved again, but it looks like the rivalry will continue on, just fewer times a season.
Florida Panthers in the Stanley Cup, Western Conference Chamionship, and NHL Playoffs
The Florida Panthers are one of the NHL’s newest teams, entering the league in 1993. They have experienced some mild success winning the 1996 Western Conference Championship making it to that year’s Stanley Cup Finals. They have made it to a nice four NHL Playoffs since their inaugural season.
Florida Panthers Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to a Panthers game?
Gates open to the general public 1-hour before the puck drops at BB&T Center.
Where are good places to eat before a Panthers game?
Taco lovers have to check out BC Tacos, and Nacho Bizeness International Taco Bar. These two trendy food trailers have some of the best tacos you will ever have. Fans of brewpubs should check out Funky Buddha Brewery. Funky Buddha has a great drink selection and a fun atmosphere. If you are looking for comfort food try New York Grilled Cheese Company. Florida has some of the best Mexican food around. Zona Fresca, Chapultepec, and El Agave Azul are three of the best. Other good places are Friar Tuck’s, Eats Good 33, and The Garden Grill.
Where is the best place to park at BB&T Center?
There are plenty of parking options surrounding BB&T Center. The general parking lots are located on the west and east sides of the arena and offer a substantial amount of parking. General lots range in price from $10-$25. The most convenient parking area is immediately to the south of the arena. These spots are reserved for season ticket and parking pass holders.
Does my child need a ticket to go to a Panthers game?
If your child is under 2 years old they will not need a ticket to enter BB&T Center. We highly recommend bringing proof of your child’s age with you to ensure they are allowed to enter the arena.