Watsco Center

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Watsco Center
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Full nameWatsco Center at the University of Miami
Former namesRyder Center (construction/planning)
UM Convocation Center (2003–05)
BankUnited Center (2005–16)
Address1245 Dauer Dr
Coral Gables, FL 33146-2504
Location Greater Miami Area
Coordinates 25°42′54″N80°16′45″W / 25.71500°N 80.27917°W / 25.71500; -80.27917 Coordinates: 25°42′54″N80°16′45″W / 25.71500°N 80.27917°W / 25.71500; -80.27917
Public transit MDTMetro.svg University
Bus-logo.svg 56, 500
Owner University of Miami
OperatorOak View Group Facilities
Capacity 7,972 [1]
Field sizeArena size: 200,000 square feet
Construction
Broke groundApril 4, 2001 [2]
OpenedJanuary 4, 2003
Construction cost$48 million
($62.1 million in 2019 dollars [3] )
Architect
General contractor Turner Construction [4]
Tenants
Miami Hurricanes (NCAA) (2003–present)
Miami Vice Squad (NIFL) (2007)
Miami Inferno (UIFL) (2014)
Website
http://watscocenter.com/

The Watsco Center (originally named the University of Miami Convocation Center) is an 8,000 seat 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.

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Founding

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.

Ranking

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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The 2018–19 Miami Hurricanes men's basketball team represented the University of Miami during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Led by eighth-year head coach Jim Larrañaga, they played their home games at the Watsco Center on the university's campus in Coral Gables, Florida as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

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