Fans won double this past weekend with the Everblades winning their home opener against Norfolk Admirals in the newly renovated Hertz Arena. With a sold-out crowd of fans and cheers echoing off the walls of the arena, the night could not have gone better for the Blades. Scoring 4-2 against Norfolk, the Everblade’s season is continuing to stay strong with a 3-0-0 streak (all against Norfolk).
Hertz Arena owner, David Hoffmann and his wife, Jerri, spoke to the packed crowd prior to the start of the game. The Hoffmanns were presented with a game puck by Bill MacKay, vice president of merchandising, and were handed the symbolic key to Hertz Arena by president, Craig Brush.
– David Hoffmann
The 8,284-capacity, multi-purpose arena is almost done with it’s multi-million dollar renovation. Since the acquisition in August, Hoffmann has already renovated the luxury suites, first-floor bathrooms, the West End bar, the Hertz #1 Club and the entire main concourse floor has been resurfaced. More improvements are coming for the interior, food services, arena seats, and state-of-the-art scoreboard. Preliminary discussions are also underway to host nationally televised basketball tournaments and more headlining musicians and events to the area.
(Photos by: Kevin Bires)
The next Blades home game will be Saturday, October 26th, against the Solar Bears.
About Hertz Arena:
Hertz Arena, originally called Everblades Arena which opened in 1998, hosts a variety of sports and events including concerts, Cirque du Solei, Disney on Ice, boxing, trade shows, and many others. The venue offers 25 suites, two additional ice rinks, a private club, and a pub. The arena is also home to the FGCU Eagles club hockey team of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA).