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Car Rentals Fort Lauderdale and BankAtlantic Center

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During your stay in Florida, Fort Lauderdale car rentals suggests you attend an event at the BankAtlantic Center. Only a short drive away in Fort Lauderdale car rentals, you will be glad you made the trip to this first class facility that seats 19,250 for hockey, 20,000 for basketball, family shows and concerts. The BankAtlantic Center also features 74 private suites, two party suites, eight co-op suites, two skyview terraces and 2,236 club seats.

Arriving in Fort Lauderdale car rentals will soon be easier as the Center will be accessible from the Sawgrass Expressway by a new interchange. It will provide an amazing 7,600 on-site parking spaces, including 226 spaces that are enclosed. This added convenience will make your trip to the BankAtlantic Center worry-free.

History of the BankAtlantic Center

When H. Wayne Huizenga obtained the new franchise for the Florida Panthers Hockey Team in 1993, the search began for a new arena. When the site in Sunrise, Florida was selected in June of 1996 the race was on to build the new home of the Florida Panthers for the 1998 hockey season.

In July, 1996, Alex Muxo gathered more than a dozen architects, engineers and contractors for the first major design brainstorming session. Architects Ellerbe Becket were given the 26-month time frame. They had accepted the challenge of designing and constructing a building from start to finish in 26 months, something they had never attempted before.

The construction team comprised of Centex/Rooney Huber, Hunt & Nichols and Morse Diesel was led by Walter Upton who was the Director of Construction for Arena Development Company. Working together was key on this overwhelming project. For months on end, workers were building the arena in two shifts including weekends.

It took more than 600 construction workers to set masonry, erect drywall, run plumbing lines, install air conditioning and run countless miles of conduit for the electrical systems. The theater style cushioned seats, carpeting and tile were installed by nearly 500 workers. Seventy suites were completed with wet bars, closed circuited monitors and leather upholstery. Averaging over 650 square feet, the suites are the largest in the country for this type of facility.

One incredible fact of this amazing feat is that all of the activity generated by over 50 subcontractors and a total of 2.3 million man hours were completed without a single injury.

On October 3, 1998 the BankAtlantic Center opened its doors to the public. It has been a great place for fans and families to bring their Fort Lauderdale car rentals and enjoy all that this wonderful facility has to offer.

Functions At The Center

The BankAtlantic Center is the ultimate when it comes to entertainment venues. Not only does the BankAtlantic Center host incredible shows, but it also has specific areas for hosting parties, seminars, meetings and cocktail receptions. There are plentiful food and beverage options available by the BankAtlantic Center's supplier, Distinctive Gourmet. The Function Spaces are available for rent on both event and non-event dates and include: Stanley's, the Chairman's Club Room, Budweiser Terrace, the Sawgrass Room and the Flamingo Room, just to name a few.

An Array of Events

With its multi-functional capability to host concerts, ice shows, circuses and numerous professional sports, the BankAtlantic Center has been dubbed the most state-of-the-art venue built to date in North America. You will have many different types of events to choose from no matter when you decide to book your Fort Lauderdale car rental.

Some of the past events have included: Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, Rolling Stones, John Hancock, Champions on Ice, Black Eyed Peas, Cirque du Soleil, David Copperfield, Clilfford the Big Red Dog, Donna Summers, John Secada, and of is home to Florida Panthers hockey games! So drive your Fort Lauderdale car rentals down to this spectacular arena because there is truly something for everyone at the BankAtlantic Center to enjoy.