Stephen C. O'Connell Center
The Stephen C. O'Connell Center is the game-day home of Gator Basketball.
The $14 million dollar facility, named for former University of Florida president Stephen C. O'Connell (1967‑73), has become a showcase for collegiate basketball. The multipurpose sports center features a main arena, which is capable of seating 12,000 spectators and fans, covering more than 3.6 acres and containing 292,000 square feet.
The structure housed the Gator Basketball offices prior to the opening of the new UF Basketball Complex in October of 2001.
In addition to the main arena, the practice court, two weight rooms, a natatorium, an indoor track, a private gymnastics arena, dance studio, martial arts studio and several classrooms. The indoor track, which underwent resurfacing during the summer of 2002, and the Olympic size pool are considered amongst the fastest race locations in the country.
The Stephen C. O'Connell Center is also the site of University of Florida graduation ceremonies, as well as many other university functions, including Career Day. The facility has also accommodated numerous NCAA championship events (which will include the 2010 NCAA Gymnastics Championships), concerts, step shows, comedians, guest speakers, Disney shows, conventions and banquets.
Home Court Advantage
A record-sellout crowd of 12,222 fans packed the O’Connell Center on Feb. 11, 2001 to watch the Gators battle Tennessee. It is the largest crowd ever to watch a regular-season women's basketball game on any level - college, pro or international - inside the state of Florida.
The Gators' home court has a championship-feel to it - literally! During the 2006 national championship celebration for the men's team, the UAA administration unveiled the 2006 Final Four floor which it purchased so that both teams could play on for the 2006-07 season once it was refinished and Gatorized. Also new in the O'Connell Center for the 2006-07 season was four 12' x 16' videoboards (10 mm resolution). The total cost of the video project was $2.5 million.