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Banking on BankAtlantic Center

Lobby-Vision2.jpgWith the re-tooled Panthers now in training camp, it seems fitting to check in on upgrades at their Sunrise home.

BankAtlantic Center turns 10 next month and to keep it up-to-date, it is undergoing upgrades costing $4.5 million to $5 million.

When fans arrive for the Panthers home opener Oct. 11, they’ll be treated to a brand new sound system. Suite holders will find new flat-screen TVs and refrigerators. The suites’ carpeting was replaced last summer.

The first half of November will usher in “lobby vision” – two high resolution video boards inside the main entrance (see photo) that will show video, naturally, and have space for sponsor advertising, and public service and player messages.

“Lobby vision will probably be something most people have never seen before,” said Michael Yormark, president of the Panthers and their operator, Sunrise Sports & Entertainment.

By late December or early January, two Las Vegas-style marquees are to be installed outside the arena. One measuring 53 feet will overlook the Sawgrass Expressway; a 37-foot one will be placed at the entrance to Gate 5.

“October is the 10th anniversary of the building. We’re continuing the make improvements to maintain a state-of-the-art facility,” Yormark said.

The renovations are being made with the help of the arena’s owner, Broward County, which agreed in 2006 to loan Sunrise Sports & Entertianment $9.5 million. Yormark said SSE put off the renovations until now.

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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