NHL Hosts Pre-Game Flo Rida Concert At Stanley Cup Final Game 3 In Sunrise

2023 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Two

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Florida Panthers fans who don't have tickets to tonight's Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final can still get in on the fun.

A free concert for the public is being held in the parking lot of FLA Live Arena in Sunrise before the game against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Head of Events and Entertainment for the NHL, Steve Mayer, says South Florida native Flo Rida will be performing live.

"We're looking to make everybody have at least a feel or a touch of the Stanley Cup Final. That's the goal."

He says they want to make it a big event and part of a big event is a concert. Mayer says the rapper who was born in Miami-Dade County and attended the University of Miami fits exactly what they're looking for...somebody from the area who's going to get the crowd pumped and going before they walk into that arena.

"We love him. He's done a lot for the league over the years."

He says after the concert, the event becomes a viewing party in lot C-2 where the game will be shown on large screens. There will also be food trucks and drink specials.

The concert starts at 6 p.m. and the puck drops inside the arena at 8 p.m.

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Those who stay for the game will get to watch four fighter jets fly over the arena. The F-16's are from the Homestead Air Reserve Base and the fly-over commemorates the U.S. Air Force Reserve's 75th Anniversary.

Mayer says that both the owners of the Panthers and Golden Knights have military backgrounds. They both attended the U.S. Military Academy. Florida owner Vincent Viola is an Army veteran, while Golden Knights owner Bill Foley served in the Air Force.

Fans are urged to show up early for the concert. The parking lots open at 4 p.m. There will also be a postgame DJ performance.

The Panthers are hoping to get out of an 0-2 series hole with a win tonight. Game 4 will also be at FLA Live Arena on Saturday.

In his role as head of Events and Entertainment as well as Chief Content Officer, Steve Mayer is the executive producer for every NHL tentpole event, including the Stanley Cup Final, and every piece of content, including the “Quest for the Stanley Cup” docuseries. The behind-the-scenes documentary series chronicling the teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs - debuted in 2016 to critical acclaim, making the NHL the first North American pro sports league to provide unfettered access to its postseason. The seven-episode series drops weekly on Friday nights at 5 p.m. ET, streaming exclusively on ESPN+ in the U.S. Mayer says it also airs on weekends on ESPN 2.

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