Pensacola Bay Center

Pensacola Ice Flyers

  The Pensacola Ice Flyers’ home opener is set for Friday evening at the Pensacola Bay Center – aka “The Hangar.”

The Ice Flyers dropped the puck on their seventh season last Friday at Peoria, winning 3-1, then losing to the Rivermen 4-0 on Saturday.

“We played very well; the second game we obviously didn’t get the results but the mistakes we made were on us. Those are things that are fixable,” said Head Coach Rod Aldoff, who’s back for a third season behind the bench.

Bush 2016


Former Florida Governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush spoke to a standing room only crowd at the Pensacola Bay Center Wednesday afternoon.

The doors to the conference room on the Bay Center’s second floor opened at 11:30 a-m, and in ten minutes all 300 or so seats were filled. The rest stood on either side of the room.

Jeb Bush brings his Republican presidential campaign to Pensacola on Wednesday, hosting a town hall meeting at the Bay Center.

The former Florida governor comes to town trailing Donald Trump in the most recent Quinnipiac University poll by 20-17% nationwide. Bush led the poll in June with 20% of respondents. Peter Brown at Quinnipiac says much Bush’s slide can be traced to a certain real estate mogul you may have heard of.

Although it’s still over 6 months away, Pensacon 2016 has been making news recently. WUWF’s Bob Barrett spoke to Pensacon Chairman and co-Founder Mike Ensley for an update on the third edition of the fan convention.


After waiting a few weeks, the Escambia County Commission on Thursday is expected to discuss which, if any,  Confederate flag should be displayed at the Pensacola Bay Center.

On a 4-1 vote in December, the Commission approved flying only the U.S. and the Florida state flags at the facility. The Confederate battle flag was taken down, along with those representing England, France and Spain.

There was a nice cheer from the crowd that was left at the Pensacola Bay Center late Sunday afternoon, as the Mike Ensley, the chairman of Pensacon announced the dates and the first confirmed guests for next year’s edition of the fan convention. 

Ensley says the fan convention will return next year on February 19 through the 21 to the Pensacola Bay Center, the Crowne Plaza Hotel and, hopefully, The Saenger Theater. The first announced guests are Peter Mayhew and David Prowse, who play Chewbacca the Wookie and Darth Vader on Star Wars.

Pensacon 2015 Takes Off This Weekend

Feb 25, 2015

After months of planning, Pensacon 2015 is ready to go this weekend.

"We just want to take over Pensacola" said Mike Ensley, the Founder and Chairman of Pensacon. Although he’s thinking big, Mike Ensley is surprisingly calm. This is the second year of the three day convention for fans of science fiction, comic books, video games, costuming or cosplaying, tv, movies, books and anything else where imagination and fun are the most important elements. "Everybody's flights are booked, people's hotel rooms are booked, they're excited to be here".

Photo via Flickr// J. Stephen Conn

If one Escambia County Commissioner gets his way, the debate and a vote on which Confederate flag to display at the Pensacola Bay Center will cool its heels for the next month or so.

On a 4-1 vote in December, the Commission approved flying only the U.S. and the Florida state flags at the facility. The Confederate battle flag was taken down, along with those representing Britain, France and Spain.

Pensacola Ice Flyers

The Pensacola Ice Flyers open defense of their second consecutive Southern Professional Hockey League championship on the road Friday evening against the Mississippi RiverKings.

When Head Coach Rod Aldoff brought the team together to begin training camp last week, his message to the ten returning players was: “forget last season.”

University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the economics of the inaugural Pensacon convention. Organizers projected between 5,000 and 10,000 people would attend the event, which quickly filled the Crown Plaza Hotel and Pensacola Bay Center.  “It is big, and it’s rare that in February you have a downtown hotel reporting that it’s fully booked,” Harper says.

To further make the point on the significance of the event during the “winter visitation trough,” he says that there are just a few big weekends during the height of the tourist season that beach hotels fill up.