Arena un­der­goes another name change

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - OPINION -

Now that BB&T and SunTrust will merge and be­come a larger bank with a new name, you know what that means. The Florida Pan­thers’ arena in Sun­rise will un­dergo its umpteenth ‘name change’.

Since its open­ing, the ice hockey team (af­ter leav­ing the Mi­ami Arena) had played their home games in the Na­tional Car Rental Cen­ter, the Of­fice De­pot Cen­ter, the Bank At­lantic Cen­ter, and BB&T Cen­ter.

It must cost a for­tune to change the build­ing’s ex­te­rior sig­nage.

This could have all been avoided if you sim­ply name the arena af­ter the team that plays there, and place a small plaque with the cor­po­rate spon­sor’s name next to the main en­trance. But, as long as ma­jor com­pa­nies keep buy­ing teams and chang­ing those gi­ant costly signs, we’re still go­ing to deal with these same old hockey pucks!

Jed Mar­tinez


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