The first phase in bringing immediate excitement to the franchise was to physically refurbish outdated club levels in the BB&T Center to give locals more incentive to buy tickets. We were tasked to submit a proposal for the redesign of the TruMoxy Gaming Center. Little did we know that our track record with the Panthers was about to get even more exciting.
This case study flows backward from the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs to the redesign of the TruMoxy Entertainment Lounge in 2014. Here we go!
Our early success with the TruMoxy entertainment lounge proposal earned us another contract: the design of the Florida Panthers Marco Bar and West Coast Energy Drink.
This was an exciting opportunity to provide their organization with such a valued piece of graphic design. But the pressure was on. With little artistic direction to go off of and an outdated logo to boot, we had to create timeless packaging that would appeal to athletes and fans alike. To achieve this, we had to merge two brands into something that looked cohesive and still emanated with Panthers’ energy.
For the Macro Bar, we hand drew illustrations that embodied elements of Florida and hockey, which ultimately defined the look and feel of the Macro Bar and informed the design elements of the West Coast Energy Drink. It was on this assignment that we created a new logo variation for the Florida Panthers that was so beloved it was adapted into a shirt and handed out to fans their games.
Our success in designing the Marco Bar and West Coast Energy Drink earned us yet another design contract… the redesign of their concession stand cups, which would be sold during games and as souvenirs! But that’s not all. This was the catalyst for something far bigger…
Our collaboration with the Florida Panthers came at a time when their popularity was at a low point. Game attendance was down. Really down. In fact, they ranked as one of the least-watched teams in the NHL. Something had to change.
The TruMoxy Entertainment and Gaming Center
The TruMoxy lounge was dated and did not properly focus crowds. The Panthers wanted to improve the function of the space while adding new entertainment elements. Our team got to work reimagining the space to create the BB&T Center’s next hottest hangout.
We revised the layout entirely, changing the boring rows of tables into an interactive lounge space where fans could watch Panthers games on new LED Flatscreens while drinking at the bar, play video games on built-in gaming systems, and listen to live music before the Panthers take to the ice. The vision would turn the Florida Panthers TruMoxy Gaming Center into the featured entertainment location for every Florida Panthers fan.
The final result of the TruMoxy Entertainment and Gaming Center would be an added revenue stream for the BB&T Center complete with new opportunities for advertising concerts and events outside of Panthers Hockey.