SUNRISE, FL — BB&T Center, home of the Florida Panthers, has become the first National Hockey League arena to achieve the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)’s WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management. The certification, which has been confirmed by third-party verifier Green Business Certification Inc., recognizes BB&T Center’s adherence to the IWBI’s stringent guidelines and protocols for combatting COVID-19 and preparedness to safely accommodate fans upon reopening.
“The health and safety of our BB&T Center family, guests and community is the single most important thing as we look towards reopening our doors,” said Florida Panthers Chief Operating Officer Sean McCaffrey. “Achieving the WELL Health-Safety Rating, which serves as the global benchmark for best operating procedures to help combat COVID-19, is a testament to our team’s tireless efforts, led by BB&T Center General Manager Tom Embrey, to ensure the safest possible environment for our guests, players and employees when we reopen.”
The WELL Health-Safety Rating leverages IWBI Task Force on COVID-19 insights and guidance on the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections from the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, global disease control and prevention centers and emergency management agencies, and leading academic and research institutions, as well as recognized standard-making associations such as ASTM International and ASHRAE.
The WELL Health-Safety Rating recognizes the Florida Panthers and BB&T Center’s achievements across five core achievement areas: operational policies, cleaning and maintenance protocols, design strategies, stakeholder engagement, and emergency preparedness in the wake of COVID-19.