The extensive partnership between Amerant Bank and the Florida Panthers took another significant step forward with an agreement to change the hockey and entertainment venue in Sunrise to Amerant Bank Arena. Amerant Bank Arena will serve as the home of Florida Panthers hockey and a wide range of events, including concert headliners, family events and more.
In October 2021, the Panthers and Amerant Bank formed a partnership, which made Amerant Bank the official home helmet partner for the 2021-22 season. The following season, Amerant expanded its investment in the organization by serving as the home and away helmet partner for the 2022-23 season, becoming the “Official Bank of the Florida Panthers,” and entitling the arena’s premium club area to the Amerant Vault. Amerant Bank will maintain its premium center-ice seating area known as the ‘Amerant Vault’ and remain a supporting partner of the Panthers Kids Club and youth hockey.
“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,” says Panthers president and CEO Matt Caldwell. “We are grateful to Jerry Plush and the entire Amerant Bank leadership for their investment and shared commitment to South Florida and to the Florida Panthers, as well as the governments of Broward County and the City of Sunrise who worked with us to ensure a premier partnership.”
The Florida Panthers and Amerant Bank have pledged to work collaboratively to give back to South Florida. Amerant Bank has four branches in Broward County, with another opening soon in downtown Fort Lauderdale and an operations center in Miramar. It has recently announced a Broward County Regional Headquarters located in Plantation.
During the 2022-23 season, the Florida Panthers and Amerant Bank collaborated on the ‘Saves for Vets’ initiative, which pledged to donate $40 for every save made by a Panthers goaltender during the regular and postseason. Panthers goaltenders made over 3,011 saves, resulting in a total donation of $120,440, which will be shared among nine nonprofit organizations focusing on veterans in the South Florida area, including Broward County Community Development Corporation, Chariots On Ice Sled Hockey, DELIVER THE DREAM INC, Faith-Hope-Love-Charities, Inc., Heart2Heart Outreach of South Florida, Our Father’s House Soup Kitchen Inc., Rebuilding Together Broward County, Inc, Soldiers’ Angels and The 22 Project, Inc.
“Adding naming rights to the arena to the already strong and extensive partnership we have with the Panthers just seemed like the next logical next step for us,” Amerant Bank Chairman and CEO Jerry Plush says. “In addition to showing our support and alignment with Matt Caldwell and the Panthers organization, we are also excited to step up our commitment to the people and businesses in Broward County. We aim to be the bank of choice in the markets we serve and believe this is another big step we are taking to demonstrate that commitment.”
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