Coconut Creek residents and avid Florida Panthers fans Mike and Wendy Drinkwater will be spending more time in their garage after winning a recent sweepstakes giveaway.
Cooper & Hunter, the Florida Panthers heating, ventilation and air conditioning sponsor, completed its first “Fan Cave” sweepstakes giveaway in collaboration with the Florida Panthers hockey team.
“I was overwhelmed, overwhelmed,” Mike said of his garage makeover. “It is absolutely awesome. They’ve done a fabulous job. This will be our go-to spot. I feel like the top fan and nobody has this, that’s for sure. ”
He said he had never won a contest before and is looking forward to watching the Panthers play in the NHL playoffs.
“Wow,” Wendy said. “It was way more than I could have imagined.”
The nearly two-week conversion of the garage to a useable space provided an opportunity for the Cooper & Hunter HVAC brand to demonstrate the ease and convenience of installing mini split air conditioning anywhere. Now the Drinkwater family can enjoy their newly renovated space with custom climate control and decreased humidity year round.
The Fan Cave conversion also included many DIY additions contributed by YouTuber Rogue Engineer Jamison Rantz, including a homemade bar and some tables that incorporated hockey sticks, while the Florida Panthers players, including forward Ryan Lomberg, donated autographed memorabilia.
“He’s one of my favorite players and I enjoy watching him play,” Wendy said.
“We are grateful for our partners at Cooper & Hunter who offered to renovate and install their HVAC AC unit into a local Panthers fan’s house through the ‘Fan Cave’ sweepstakes,” said Josh Korlin, Florida Panthers vice president of corporate partnerships. “We look forward to future experiences and activations with Cooper & Hunter and how we can further engage with and provide unique opportunities for our Panther fanbase.”
“My wife and I really enjoyed working on this Fan Cave makeover because it allowed us to tap into our creativity and come up with some really cool custom touches,” Rantz said. “Mike and Wendy were incredibly kind, and I couldn’t imagine a better candidate for this Panthers Fan Cave. I can only imagine the watch parties and gatherings that they will have in their new Fan Cave over the years to come. ”
Cooper & Hunter CEO Marat Terchiyev said together with the Panthers marketing team, they’ve introduced some unique experiences for fans, like branded parachute drops with “Cool Fan” T-shirts, “Cool Fan” arena seat branding, dance flash mob during the game intermission time, a Florida Panthers photo booth and more.
“We were very excited to execute the Fan Cave project together with the NHL Florida Panthers,” Terchiyev said. “For the last five years, we’ve been aiming to bring more joy and excitement to each game, introducing unique fan experiences on and off the ice arena.”