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Watsco Center
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Full name Watsco Center at the University of Miami
Location Greater Miami Area
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Broke ground April 4, 2001[1]
Opened January 4, 2003
Owner University of Miami
Operator Oak View Group Facilities
Construction cost $48 million
($53.4 million in 2018 dollars[2])
Architect
General Contractor Turner Construction[3]
Former names Ryder Center (construction/planning)
UM Convocation Center (2003–05)
BankUnited Center (2005–16)
Tenants Miami Hurricanes (NCAA) (2003–present)
Miami Vice Squad (NIFL) (2007)
Miami Inferno (UIFL) (2014)
Capacity 7,972 [4]

The Watsco Center (originally named the University of Miami Convocation Center) is a multi-purpose arena on the campus of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. The venue hosts concerts, family shows, trade shows, lecture series, university events and sporting events, including all University of Miami men's and women's basketball games.

The Watsco Center is served by the Miami Metrorail at the University Station.

FoundingEdit

The arena opened in 2003 as the University of Miami Convocation Center, and is home to the Miami Hurricanes Men's and Women's basketball teams. Events held in the Watsco Center include concerts, sporting events, lectures, award shows, high school graduations, and Men's and Women's basketball games. It is the largest arena ever built on campus.

In 2005, it was renamed the BankUnited Center, after Miami Lakes-based BankUnited. In 2016, Miami-based air conditioning company Watsco acquired the naming rights.

Prior to the opening of the Watsco Center, the school played its games at the Miami Arena since its opening in 1988.

RankingEdit

The 2007 issue of Venues Today, one of the entertainment industry's leading publications, reports that the Watsco Center outperformed all but one other venue in Florida in its size category for number of concerts and touring events held in 2006.[5]

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