The Hoffmann Family Of Companies is proud to announce it has entered into an agreement to purchase of the Florida Everblades and the Hertz Arena, Southwest Florida’s premier sports and entertainment venue.
Plans are underway for a complete renovation of the 8284-capacity, multi-purpose arena. The improvements will include enhanced skybox’s, food services and installation of a state of the art scoreboard.
Hertz Arena, originally called Everblades Arena which opened in 1998, hosts a variety of 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 Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles club hockey team of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA).
“We are optimistic that all of the 330 employees will remain with the Hoffmann Family Of Companies,” said Craig Brush, Florida Everblades President and General Manager who signed a five-year contract and has a commitment from all his senior staff to remain in place. “We are thrilled to be acquired by such a prestigious company. Our partnership with the Hertz Corporation and now this new ownership insures that Hertz Arena will maintain our strong community presence and continue to be the number one choice for entertainment in Southwest Florida.”
The team and the arena were previously owned by Peter Karmanos, founder of Compuware Corporation and prior majority owner of the Carolina Hurricanes in the National Hockey League. “Simply put, without Peter Karmanos, there would be no Hertz Arena. I speak for everyone in the organization in wishing Pete continued success in all his business ventures and would like to thank him for all his support and guidance over the past twenty-one years,” Brush expressed.
The Hoffmanns, who own the minority of stake in the Kane County Cougars Class A Professional Baseball team, has been in search of a professional hockey or soccer franchise for the past several years.
“The team and the arena have been run well and provide much excitement for their loyal fan base for hockey as well as a myriad of special events,” David Hoffmann stated. “We plan to bring more events and entertainment to Southwest Florida. We have had preliminary discussions with the FGCUs sports promotion executives to host a nationally televised basketball tournament or major programs, and entertainment executives to bring more headlining musicians and events to the area. The response we have received makes us very optimistic.”
The purchase dovetails very well with other hospitality businesses the Hoffmanns have purchased in Southwest Florida. The Hoffmanns are the largest owners of commercial real estate in Naples and have purchased a dozen operating businesses that employ more than 1,000 people in Southwest Florida. The Hoffmanns recently announced a partnership with Kelly and Aldo Musico and Paul Fleming to expand Tacos And Tequila Cantina restaurants nationally.
The Hoffmann family owns national corporations including DHR International/ Jobplex/ Elevate Partners in Chicago and Orange Line Oil in Pomona, California and other businesses around the globe.