SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers and BB&T Center today announced their preparations for Hurricane Irma.

During the storm, BB&T Center will serve as an emergency vehicle staging site for various public service entities, as well as a tactical operation site for Florida Power and Light. Post storm, BB&T Center has been identified as a Broward County Logistical Staging Area. BB&T Center stands willing and able to support any needs determined by the City of Sunrise and Broward County.

“We are here and ready to support our Florida family, Broward County and the City of Sunrise as the community prepares for Irma’s possible landfall,” said Florida Panthers Owner Vincent J. Viola. “Service to the community and family are in the DNA of our organization.”

BB&T Center has established a hotline at 954-835-8911. Individuals are encouraged to call the hotline for the most up to date information regarding BB&T Center.

The club has officially cancelled its player involvement in the four-team Prospect Tournament initially scheduled for Sept. 9-12 in Estero, Fla.

The Florida Panthers offices and BB&T Center Box Office will be closed on Thursday, Sept. 7 in the afternoon until further notice for the safety of our staff and fans.

“We encourage our fans, staff and members of our community to prepare wisely and stay safe throughout the duration of this storm,” said Florida Panthers President & CEO Matthew Caldwell. “Our strength as a community will guide us the through the difficult times ahead.”