Florida Panthers secure with Xtract One



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The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Florida Panthers have picked Xtract One Technologies to protect all entrances at Amerant Bank Arena, Baptist Health IcePlex, and FTL War Memorial.

Xtract One, a leading technology-driven threat detection and security solution said its SmartGateways will be deployed over the course of the next year at all entrances to increase security at upcoming events at these venues.

The 20,000-capacity Amerant Bank Arena is an indoor arena located next to the Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise, Florida. It was completed in 1998 at a cost of US$185 million, almost entirely publicly-financed, and features 70 suites and 2,623 club seats.

Amerant Bank Arena is Florida’s largest indoor arena and the second largest sports and entertainment venue in South Florida. It hosts hundreds of major concerts, events, and performance acts each year which attracts upwards of 30 million visitors annually.

The Florida Panthers are a professional ice hockey team based in the Miami metropolitan area. They compete in the NHL as a member of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference.

The selection of Xtract One reaffirms Amerant Bank Arena’s commitment to enhancing patron experiences with a modern-day security approach, ensuring minimized entry wait times and enabling fans to swiftly and safely access the venue.

Xtract One’s innovative Gateway product enables companies to covertly screen for weapons at points of entry without disrupting the flow of traffic.

Its AI-based software allows venue and building operators to identify weapons and other threats inside and outside of facilities and receive valuable intelligence for optimizing operations.

Peter Evans, CEO of Xtract One said, “Following our recent announcement of professional sports teams wins, we’re excited to be able to now name this new win with an outstanding organization. Together with the Panthers, we look forward to further enhancing these iconic venues that embody both sportsmanship and community.

“This collaboration goes beyond security — it’s about establishing a seamless, protected environment that allows patrons to fully engage and enjoy the experience without interruption.”

The Baptist Health IcePlex serves as both the official practice facility for the Florida Panthers and as a bustling hub for hockey enthusiasts of all ages.

The newly constructed Baptist Health IcePlex is a 144,000 sq. ft state-of-the-art practice facility, part of the revitalization of the historic FTL War Memorial.

The venue includes two NHL-regulation sized ice rinks, Pantherland powered by FLA Team Shop, a 7,500 sq. ft Florida Panthers Flagship retail location and dedicated hockey and figure skating pro shop, ‘The Federal’, a full-service restaurant and bar with outdoor patio operated by Knallhart Management Group, 11 locker rooms, three multi-use party rooms and more.

It stands adjacent to the historic FTL War Memorial, which is currently undergoing extensive renovations for the upcoming War Memorial Auditorium event space.

Both venues are integral to the Fort Lauderdale area, and this partnership with Xtract One signifies the commitment to prioritizing community safety while enhancing the overall patron experience.

Bryce Hollweg, COO of the Florida Panthers, said, “We are excited to be working with Xtract One to enhance the security of our venue entrances.

“This collaboration allows us to set new standards in fan safety and overall enjoyment, ensuring that locals and tourists alike can fully immerse themselves in the excitement of our events with peace of mind. Together, we’re raising the bar for security and creating unforgettable moments for fans of all ages, setting a new standard in sports venue safety.”

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