|Full name||Watsco Center at the University of Miami|
|Former names||Ryder Center (construction/planning)|
UM Convocation Center (2003–05)
BankUnited Center (2005–16)
|Address||1245 Dauer Dr|
Coral Gables, FL 33146-2504
|Location||Greater Miami Area|
|Owner||University of Miami|
|Operator||Oak View Group Facilities|
|Field size||Arena size: 200,000 square feet|
|Broke ground||April 4, 2001|
|Opened||January 4, 2003|
|Construction cost||$48 million|
($62.1 million in 2019 dollars )
|General contractor||Turner Construction|
| Miami Hurricanes (NCAA) (2003–present)|
Miami Vice Squad (NIFL) (2007)
Miami Inferno (UIFL) (2014)
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.
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.
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.
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