Stephen C. O'Connell Center
Billed by Track & Field News as "one of the finest indoor track facilities in the world, and perhaps the fastest track in the world for long sprints," the $14 million Stephen C. O'Connell Center has been the indoor home of the Gators since it first opened in December of 1980. The O'Connell Center track was resurfaced in the summer of 2002, making the track even faster.
The 200-meter flat polyurethane facility, best known for its wide, sweeping turns, is ideal for top performances in the 200 through 500 meters. In fact, the facility was the site of the 1987 200 and 400-meter trials which determined the U.S. team for the IAAF World Indoor Championships.
While playing host to six SEC Championships (1989, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2003) and the U.S. TAC Pentathlon Championships, the O'Connell Center has seen a plethora of collegiate, American and world records fall over the years. The site, which has seating for 3,000 (12,000 basketball seats) will again host SECs in 2006 in addition to four other home meets.