Amerant Bank Arena becomes new name of home to Florida Panthers

Home to South Florida's NHL team gets 6th new name since opening in 1998
FLA Live Arena, home of Florida Panthers, before Game 3 of NHL Stanley Cup Final series, June 8, 2023
Posted at 2:47 PM, Sep 19, 2023
and last updated 2023-09-19 15:11:45-04

SUNRISE, Fla. — The home of the Florida Panthers has a new name.

Amerant Bank Arena is the new name for the home of the NHL's defending Eastern Conference champion, the Panthers announced Tuesday.

It is the sixth name change for the Sunrise venue since its opening in 1998.

"After a comprehensive search with WME Sports over the past year, we felt expanding our experienced and successful partnership with Amerant Bank would be the best business decision to align with both our goals of delivering first-class customer service and serving our local South Florida community," Matt Caldwell, the team's president and CEO, said in a statement.

View of ice before start of Game 3 of NHL Eastern Conference Final at FLA Live Arena, May 22, 2023
The ice is shown before the start of Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Final between the Florida Panthers and the Carolina Hurricanes, Monday, May 22, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla.

The venue has been known as FLA Live Arena for the past two seasons.

Before becoming FLA Live Arena, the venue had been called the BB&T Center (2012-21) for a decade.

Amerant has been a corporate sponsor of the Panthers since 2021 – the same year the naming rights with BB&T expired.

Originally known as the National Car Rental Center (1998-2002), the arena was also called the Office Depot Center (2002-05) and Bank Atlantic Center (2005-12).

The Panthers, who reached their first Stanley Cup Final since 1996 last season, will host the Toronto Maple Leafs in their home opener on Oct. 19.