Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Florida Hospital Center Ice have entered into a multi-year partnership agreement for Busch Gardens to be the exclusive sponsor of the main NHL rink at the new facility under construction in Wesley Chapel, FL. When finished later this year, Florida Hospital Center Ice (FHCI) will be the largest ice sports facility in the southeastern United States.
Recognized as one of the top theme parks in the world, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay provides unrivaled excitement for the entire family. The unique and unparalleled blend of world-class roller coasters, live entertainment and more than 12,000 animals in open, natural habitats continues to position Busch Gardens Tampa Bay as a leading family destination
In making the announcement, Gordie Zimmermann, FHCI managing partner said: “We are pleased and proud to have Busch Gardens Tampa Bay as our main NHL rink’s sponsor.” “As Busch Gardens Tampa is one of the top theme parks in the world, and is synonymous with family fun and entertainment, we thought they were a natural partner for our new facility.”
As part of the sponsorship agreement, Busch Gardens will have a significant presence at Florida Hospital Center Ice. In addition to the center ice logo, it will be branded on all four rink dasher boards, and have digital advertising signage throughout the facility, including the main NHL video walls. It will also have a concourse signage in the form of a seasonal wall sign as well as a fixed sign/kiosk located in the main lobby.
“We are excited to partner with Florida Hospital Center Ice in their extraordinary new sports facility, “said Jim Dean, park president and general manager of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “Being part of their vision to grow the leisure and sports appeal of our community aligns perfectly with our mission to create experiences that matter.”
In addition to Florida Hospital, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Busch Gardens, several other sponsors have partnered with FHCI including: Bright House Networks, Buffalo Wild Wings, Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, DEX Imaging, Hampton Inn & Suites, I C Mechanical, Rhyno Glass, RIPA Associates, Snyder Financial Team Bohannon/kw, The Toni Everett Co., and US Foods. Throughout the year, FHCI will host numerous national and international hockey tournaments and figure skating competitions and is actively soliciting sponsors for these special events. For more information, visit www.floridahospitalcenterice.com
About Florida Hospital Center Ice
Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel, FL is the largest ice sports facility in the southeastern U.S. with 150,500 square feet consisting of four ice rinks plus a mini rink. A $28 million capital investment project developed by Z Mitch, LLC, Florida Hospital is the facility’s major sponsor and naming partner. The Tampa Bay Lightning is a program rink partner. It will officially open in January 2017.
About SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The company is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 28,000 animals in need over the last 50 years.