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Panthers explain plexiglass snafu

Dec 11, 2013, 4:33 PM EDT

The interwebs got a good laugh last night at the expense of the poor BB&T Center maintenance crew, who as you can see had a bit of trouble fixing the glass during the latter stages of the Florida Panthers’ game versus Detroit.

What exactly happened there? The South Florida Sun-Sentinel spoke to Matt Sacco, the Panthers’ chief communications officer, for an explanation:

[Sacco] said that the maintenance crew was on the way to the ice with the replacement glass but they dropped it. It cracked, so with the refs rushing them, they hurriedly put up some new glass but didn’t have time to take some of the wrapper off, so for the final few minutes of regulation the fans who sat behind the glass couldn’t see the ice. When regulation expired, the crew installed a see-through plexiglass piece. Also, Sacco said Panthers ushers let the people who had the obstructed view change to nearby seats.

Not actually sure why people made such a big deal out of this. It’s pretty clearly not plywood they put up, as so many seemed to think it was. But we suppose it’s easy to pick on the Panthers these days, what with all the empty seats at the BB&T Center.

  1. muttbolts91 - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    So they moved all 5 fans from that section?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      Mutt, you’re being rather generous there. Ah, ’tis the season.

    • 19to77 - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      It’s not like they had trouble finding empty seats.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      As funny as it sounds, I actually heard they only had to move 2 people..

  2. ibieiniid - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    haha. they leave the protective paper on because surely they don’t want the glass getting scratched before it’s crashed into by a league’s-worth of large, heavily-padded men holding hard wooden sticks with knives under their boots.

    • jernster21 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      No one plays with wood sticks anymore, sorry.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:42 PM

      Ah yes, and when Stan Mikita comes in with his newfangled curved blade the puck shall sail off of such with a thundering force in the high 70’s.

  3. ibieiniid - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    “It’s pretty clearly not plywood they put up”
    wait, why is that relevant? is plywood any more opaque than what they put up instead?

    • Jason Brough - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      No, but there’s no way they’d be allowed to play with plywood.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:31 PM


  4. stonebullet - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    This looks hilarious. And a fitting scenario for South Florida at that.

  5. charlieconway96 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    My life would be complete if someone, somewhere created a website dedicated to all of the fantastic news that seems to come out of Florida every day.

    • hockeyissweet - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      yes, if ONLY someone in the state of florida created a website with news stories on it………hmmm, you’re move

    • hockeyissweet - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      yes, if ONLY someone in the state of florida created a website with news stories on it………hmmm, your move

  6. hosewater2 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Fire Sacco! He’s lost the room!

  7. sabatimus - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Shouldn’t the refs and the maintenance crew have convened to get the call right?

  8. partsman193509 - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    They probably would’ve had trouble making up their mind like the call on Cleary’s goal he didn’t get.

  9. ipaintrinks - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    i did the same thing last night at my facility. not a game situation but that stuff is a pain to remove. if anyone who works for the panthers is reading this use a heat gun it comes off in one piece.

  10. tctctime - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Please move this team. They’re my favorite and I have season tickets yet it’s the closest thing to ML Baseball in terms of disparity. This team has no money to spend. Pulling Tim Thomas out of mothballs reminds me of watching Spinal Tap when they’re playing high school proms and nursing home gigs….this boat has sailed and it’s embarrassing to have more of the Visiting team’s fans at our home games each night. Yeah it warm and sunny but no player in their right mind wants to play here unless they are simply nursing a few more years before retiring…painful

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      Yeah Tim Thomas is the problem. He only has 9 of Florida’s 10 wins. He’s boy being considered for a spot on the Olympic roster. Imagine if the Panthers didn’t have him.

      As far as spending money on players, let’s see what the new owner decides to do. If he wants to spend money on free agents, Florida has have a good young group of up and coming players. Then maybe BB&T won’t be half full with half of that fans from other markets.

    • critter69 - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:27 AM

      Seems it’s difficult to get a ticket for a Miami Heat game.

      Same market. Same arena. Almost exactly the same timing for the regular season.

      Maybe someone in the Panthers’ front office needs to discuss something with someone in the Heat front office?

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:55 PM

        Actually the Heat and Panthers don’t play in the same arena, let alone the same county.

        The Heat are back to back NBA Champions and have probably missed the playoffs the same number of time the Panthers made the playoffs. Once since 2000-01 season. Meanwhile the Heat have won 3 nba championships in that time frame.

  11. logicalcomment - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    When i saw it, i was actually surprised at how many fans were there, i would expect less, good for them !

  12. muckleflugga - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    red wings are examining the possibility of installing a custom-fitted piece of the same plex-glass in goal, in shootouts…

    less expensive, capable of making at least one save

  13. micasa81 - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    This has Jerry Gergich written all over it.

  14. muttbolts91 - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Not the same arena. Heat play in American Airlines arena and panthers play in bb&t center

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