O'Connell Center

Multipurpose sports facility of the University of Florida

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Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center
"The O'Dome"
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Location250 Gale Lemerand Drive
Gainesville, Florida 32611
Coordinates29°38′58″N 82°21′04″W / 29.64944°N 82.35111°W / 29.64944; -82.35111Coordinates: 29°38′58″N 82°21′04″W / 29.64944°N 82.35111°W / 29.64944; -82.35111
OwnerUniversity of Florida
OperatorUniversity of Florida
Capacity12,000 (1980–2016)
10,133 (2016–present)[1]
Record attendance12,633
SurfaceMulti-surface
Construction
Broke groundOctober 1977
OpenedDecember 30, 1980
Renovated1998, 2016
Construction cost$15.6 million
($48.4 million in 2019 dollars[2])
ArchitectCaudill Rowlett Scott[3]
Moore, May & Harrington[4]
Structural engineerGeiger–Berger Associates[5]
General contractorDyson and Company, Inc.[4] Brasfield & Gorrie (2016)
Tenants
Florida Gators men's basketball
Florida Gators women's basketball
Florida Gators women's gymnastics
Florida Gators swimming and diving
Florida Gators women's volleyball
The interior of Exactech Arena at the O'Connell Center, the University of Florida's multi-purpose indoor sports arena. The "O'Dome" is located on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus.

The Stephen C. O'Connell Center, also known as the O'Dome, is a 10,133-seat[1] multi-purpose arena located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Florida. The facility is named for the sixth president of the university, Stephen C. O'Connell, who served from 1967 to 1973. The facility is located on the northern side of the university's campus, between its football field, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field, and the James W. "Bill" Heavener Complex athletic training center.

The entire facility was known as the O'Connell Center from 1980 until 2016. The building underwent a major $64.5 million renovation / reconstruction during that year, and Exactech, a Gainesville medical firm, signed a $5.9 million, 10-year naming rights deal for the main arena, which was officially renamed the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.[6][7]

  1. ^ a b "Stephen C. O'Connell Center Renovation". University of Florida Athletics. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  3. ^ "Stephen C. O'Connell Center". Structuae. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Consultant Hired To Check Cracks In 2 Sports Arenas". Ocala Star-Banner. October 4, 1979. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
  5. ^ Keen, Larry (March 26, 1983). "State Plans Lawsuit Over O'Connell Center Defects". Gainesville Sun. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  6. ^ "Exactech and University of Florida Expand Partnership" (Press release). Exactech. June 9, 2016.
  7. ^ "Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center". floridgators.com.

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