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Germain Arena

Germain Arena
Former names TECO Arena (1998–2004)
Everblades Arena (1998)
Location 11000 Everblades Parkway
Estero, Florida 33928
Owner Gale Force Sports and Entertainment
Operator Gale Force Sports and Entertainment
Capacity Center stage: 8,284
Endstage: 7,380
Half house: 5,090
Hockey: 7,186
Surface Multi-surface
Construction
Broke ground November 1997
Opened November 2, 1998[1]
Architect BBB Architects
Structural engineer LCM Engineering, Inc.[2]
Services engineer The Mitchell Partnership Inc.[3]
General contractor Walbridge-Aldinger[4]
Tenants
Florida Everblades (ECHL) (1998–present)
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles hockey
Florida Tarpons (AIF) (2012-present)
Florida Firecats (af2) (2001-2009)
Florida Flame (NBA D-League) (2004-2006)

Germain Arena is a 7,186-seat multi-purpose arena in Estero, Florida, United States.

Germain Arena hosting a hockey game -- the Florida Everblades vs. the Elmira Jackals, December 10, 2011

Contents

  • History 1
  • Tenants 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

History

The arena was first named Everblades Arena in 1998 after the hockey team that played there. TECO Energy was the first company to obtain the naming rights to the building, changing the name to TECO Arena. In 2004, TECO Energy decided they were no longer interested in holding the naming rights. Germain Motor Company bought the rights, and in 2004 the venue was renamed to Germain Arena. This same company, an automobile dealership with locations in Florida, Arkansas, and Ohio, also held the naming rights to the Germain Amphitheater in Columbus, Ohio.

Tenants

Germain Arena has been used as a multipurpose venue, primarily hosting the Florida Everblades ECHL ice hockey team and the Florida Tarpons Ultimate Indoor Football League team. It was also the home for the Florida Flame NBA Development League team and the Florida Firecats Arena Football League 2 (af2) team. Additionally, the venue has hosted various concerts, circuses, boxing, mixed martial arts events, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling shows, World Wrestling Entertainment shows and Professional Bull Riders events.

Germain Arena is also home to the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles Hockey Team of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). In March 2006 and March 2010, the facility hosted the Division 3 ACHA National Championships and in March 2008 the Division 2 ACHA National Championships.[5]

Starting in December 2000, the arena has been host to an annual college hockey tournament, originally known as the Everblades College Classic, now called the Florida College Hockey Classic. This 4-team tournament is hosted by the University of Maine Black Bears and the Cornell University Big Red, and two other teams are invited each year. The winner is awarded the Ned Harkness Cup.[6]

References

  1. ^ Germain Arena News Release
  2. ^ Emporis.com - Germain Arena
  3. ^ The Mitchell Partnership Inc. - Fort Myers Sports Center
  4. ^ Walbridge-Aldinger - Projects
  5. ^ 2006 ACHA Division 3 Championship Website
  6. ^ Brush Makes Vision Into Reality In Florida ECHL.com October 22, 2007


External links

  • The Official Site of Germain Arena
  • The Official Site of the Florida Everblades
  • The Official Site of the FGCU Ice Eagles

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