Florida Panthers: Four Problems with the In-Game Experience

SUNRISE, FL - APRIL 2: Alex Petrovic #6 of the Florida Panthers celebrates with fans their 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at the BB&T Center on April 2, 2018 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)
SUNRISE, FL - APRIL 2: Alex Petrovic #6 of the Florida Panthers celebrates with fans their 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at the BB&T Center on April 2, 2018 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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Lacking a Sporting Event Environment

NASHVILLE, TN – APRIL 12: Nashville Predators fans celebrate a goal by Austin Watson #51 of the Nashville Predators against the Colorado Avalanche in Game One of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on April 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN – APRIL 12: Nashville Predators fans celebrate a goal by Austin Watson #51 of the Nashville Predators against the Colorado Avalanche in Game One of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on April 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) /

I once went to Madison square garden for a New York Rangers game. On the train into the city, my cousin looked down to his son and daughter and said, “remember, you never repeat the bad words you hear at the game.”

They both looked up and grinned and said “I know dad” as if to say “we won’t say it in front of mom.” There are countless rights of passage like this to be learned at a game.

Of course, no one enjoys overly rowdy fans or that jerk to sit behind them, but sporting events are known to be a place of passion, energy, and experiences unique to any other event.

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However, a Panthers game can, at best, be described as the PG version of a sporting event. You can hear a pin drop throughout the game.

Fans marvel, as if at a zoo when the opposing team’s fans get emotional and start to scream during gameplay.

Some games the opposing team’s fans are louder than our entire arena is when they score, and we have a horn! I have even been shushed at a game, too.

To sum this up entirely, the Panthers need to find a way to create a livelier environment for both the fans and players.

Not only would it help the players out during those big moments in crucial games, but it would also bring some much-needed life at the BB&T Center – a venue that’s hardly ever buzzing during a hockey game.