Office Depot Center - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Seating over 20,000 fans, the expansive Office Depot Center in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was designed by the Ellerbe Becket firm. Now known as the BankAtlantic Center, the venue first opened its doors to the public on October 3, 1998, and is the permanent home of the Florida Panthers NHL franchise.
As well as hosting Armageddon twice, the arena has hosted WCW live events including Bash at the Beach. More recently, on August 27, 2005, Raw came to Fort Lauderdale. WWE fans were treated to an incredible match up between Big Show and the R-Rated Superstar, Edge.
Known as the “Venice of America” because of its extensive canal system, Fort Lauderdale is home to over 150,000 people. With miles of beautiful beaches and ultra hip night clubs, Fort Lauderdale is a popular vacation spot especially during spring break. Home to the Museum of Discovery and Science, Port Everglades and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale has something to offer everyone. The city also boasts colleges including Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University and Nova Southeastern University.
On top of all the incredible sports-entertainment, the venue has hosted basketball, arena football, ice shows, circuses, trade shows and top music acts including U2 and Guns N’ Roses.