|Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena|
|Location||300 A Philip Randolph Boulevard|
Jacksonville, FL 32202
|Broke ground||November 27, 2001|
|Opened||November 28, 2003|
|Owner||City of Jacksonville|
|Construction cost||$130 million|
($155 million in 2020 dollars)
Bessent, Hammack & Ruckman
|Project Manager||Gilbane/Scheer/Renaissance Group|
|Structural engineer||Bliss & Nyitray, Inc.|
|Services engineer||DF&H Services, PLLC|
|General Contractor||Turner/Perry-McCall/Northside Partnership|
Arena Football: 13,011
|Jacksonville Bullies (PLL) (2012-present)|
Jacksonville Sharks (AFL) (2010–present)
Jacksonville Giants (ABA) (2010-present)
Jacksonville University Dolphins men's basketball (2003–present)
Jacksonville Barracudas (SPHL) (2003–2007)
The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena is a 15,000 seat multi-purpose arena in Jacksonville, Florida. It was built in 2003 as part of Mayor John Delaney's Better Jacksonville Plan to replace the outdated Jacksonville Memorial Coliseum. The field is titled Sea Best Field.
The Memorial Arena also serves as a multi-functional entertainment venue.
The arena was designed, using state-of-the-art techniques, to have the acoustical characteristics necessary for concerts; the first artist to hold a concert in the Arena was Elton John in November 2003. Since that time, dozens of groups, including country, rap, rock and others have performed at the arena.
In 2006, a scheduled Dixie Chicks concert was cancelled, due to lack of ticket sales, which was seen as part of the general backlash against the group's comments on the Iraq War , especially in the South.
The arena also hosts frequent WWE shows throughout the year.
It will be the host for the Davis Cup first round tie between the US and Brazil on the weekend of February 1st-3rd, 2013.
Currently, the Arena is home to the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League and the Jacksonville Dolphins men's basketball team. The Jacksonville Giants, a member of the American Basketball Association, also play their home games at the Veterans Memorial Arena. It also hosted the 2011 ABA All-Star Game, which took place on February 26, 2011. Starting in 2012, it will be home to the Jacksonville Bullies of the Professional Lacrosse League.
The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena was home to the Jacksonville Barracudas ice hockey franchise until the end of the 2006–07 season, when they were relocated to a smaller hockey arena in the area.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Published December 1, 2003. "Jacksonville hockey team gets a record-setting new home - SportsBusiness Daily | SportsBusiness Journal | SportsBusiness Daily Global". SportsBusiness Daily. http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2003/12/20031201/Facilities/Jacksonville-Hockey-Team-Gets-A-Record-Setting-New-Home.aspx. Retrieved 2012-10-31.
- ↑ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2008. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
- ↑ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena architect: Populous
- ↑ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena — BNI Engineers
- ↑ DFH Services - DF&H Services, PLLC - Featured Projects
- ↑ "Press Releases: Sharks to Play on Sea Best Field (Jacksonville Sharks press release)". ArenaFan.com. 2010-04-09. http://www.arenafan.com/news/?page=pressrel&article=9622. Retrieved 2012-10-31.
- ↑ 2010-2011 ABA All-Star Game awarded to Jacksonville, Florida
- ↑ [dead link]
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