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Fixing the Bank

Bac The Panthers have officially announced plans to upgrade the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, although it looks like you all are stuck with the outdated scoreboard for at least another year.

As we wrote last summer, the team plans to install "Las Vegas" style marquee boards both on the Sawgrass Expressway side of the arena, and also to the main entrance on 136th Ave. They are also upgrading the sound system, adding large video boards to the entrance and fixing up the suites a little bit more.

Big news is there will be new glass around the boards (hope they keep this set clean) and a new ice making system.

Here's the information straight from the Cat's mouth. Or email.

Vegassign The BankAtlantic Center will install two new Las Vegas-style outdoor marquees utilizing full color LED technology that will be able to display 4.4 trillion colors. One 53-foot outdoor marquee will be installed overlooking the Sawgrass Expressway, while another 37-foot outdoor marquee will be located at the entrance to Gate 5.

These new improvements will greatly enhance the look and feel of the BankAtlantic Center, while helping it maintain its reputation as one of the premier venues in the world,” SSE President & COO Michael Yormark said. “Not only will these enhancements increase the fan experience, but they will also provide new, technologically advanced inventory for our marketing partners. In addition, it is important to thank the City of Sunrise and Broward County for all their support, cooperation and assistance in helping to complete these state-of-the-art projects.”

Additionally, the BankAtlantic Center will install two high resolution indoor lobby vision video boards that will be located above the main entrance of the venue just inside the building. These boards will have both video and audio capabilities and will display the in-house audio and video feed during Florida Panthers hockey games as well as various promotional and public service messages to fans as they leave the game. The new marquees and lobby vision will be supplied and manufactured by AD Systems, a Fort Myers, Fla. based company.

Other capital improvements include:

-- Installation of a state-of-the art line array EAW sound system that will provide sensational acoustic sound at all Florida Panthers games. EAW is a world recognized integrated sound system provider that has earned a reputation as the preferred choice for both sporting events and concert production.

-- Phase two of the BankAtlantic Center’s suite upgrades that includes three new flat screen televisions in all suites, along with new refrigerators and ice makers.

-- Installation of  maxview plexi-glass that is manufactured by Sports Resource Group. This new glass includes wider panels and will allow for better fan viewing, as well as better camera angles for TV broadcasts.

-- Phase one of upgrades on the venue’s ice refrigeration system that includes adding an ethylene glycol solution to the chilled water loop in order to help lower the facility’s humidity levels, increasing the overall quality of the ice surface.