FIU Panthers Overview

Fast facts

League: Division I (NCAA)

Head Coach: Jeremy Ballard

Team Mascot: Roary

Year Opened: 1986

Capacity: 5000

City / State: Miami / Florida

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

FIU Panthers vs FAU Owls

Rival Team: FAU Owls

No matter what the sport there is always a lot of bad blood between FIU and FAU. The two Florida-based members of Conference USA have a long-standing rivalry, and the close proximity of the two schools means there are a lot of fans of both teams at the games. Don’t miss it when FIU and FAU meet on the hardwood.

FIU Panthers Stadium Guide

In Game

An FIU Panthers game is home to everything you would expect from a college hoops game. The cheerleaders and dance team put on a great show, and if Roary the Panther doesn’t manage to put a smile on your face then I don’t know what will. The FIU band also creates a fun in-game atmosphere with their tunes and helps to give Ocean Bank Convocation Center a collegiate feel.

The fan support at Panthers can be a bit hit or miss, but FIU students have recently stepped up their game by creating the Rosenberg Rowdies. You can spot these Panthers diehards at every game cheering on the team, so keep an eye for them during your visit.

Finally, make sure to stop by and snap a picture the bronze panther sculpture before the game. The sculpture offers an excellent photo opportunity and will create a nice keepsake from your trip.

An FIU basketball game is a fun stop for college hoops fanatics visiting Miami, so check it out during your trip.

Things to check out

Bronze Panther Sculpture

Before heading into Ocean Bank Convocation Center stop by the bronze panther sculpture. The statue presents a great photo op, so make sure to get a picture with it to commemorate your trip to Miami.

Roary the Panther

Roary is the official mascot of FIU who provides both support for the Panthers as well as entertainment throughout the game. His wild antics pump up the crowd creating a great home court advantage.

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Rosenberg Rowdies

This group of diehard Panthers fans supports the team at all athletic events. These fans are filled to the brim with school pride and are very vocal in their support of the Panthers during games, so keep an eye out for them when attending an FIU game.

Pep Band

The pep band at FIU creates a great deal of the in-game atmosphere. The band performs a variety of songs and plays a key role in helping propel the Panthers to victory, so enjoy their performance.

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The FIU cheerleaders pump up the crowd with their cheers and routines. Even when the Panthers aren’t doing well, the cheerleaders still manage to do a good job of cheering them on. Join in on the cheers to root on the Panthers to victory

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Dance Team

You’ll love the performances put on by the FIU dance team. These talented dancers put on a great show that you won’t want to miss, so don’t leave your seat during stoppages in play.

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Fight Songs

  1. Fight Song

    We are the panthers of FIU
    the golden panthers of FIU
    We will continue to fight
    with all of our might
    for victory for gold and blue
    we stand together and proudly say
    our golden panthers go all the way
    We’ll always strive for victory
    blue-blooded through and through
    ’cause we’re F-I-U-

    Go F
    Go I
    Go U
    Go F-I-U
    Panthers fight!
    Panthers fight!
    Panthers fight!


  2. Alma Mater

    Hail to thee dear FIU
    With voices true we pledge to thee
    All our love and our devotion
    Humble faith and loyalty
    We will strive for understanding
    and for peace and unity
    We will search for truth and wisdom
    We will always honor thee
    FIU alma mater
    Hail hail to thee

  3. Rattle the Cage! Chant

    Rattle the cage!

    Rattle the cage!

    Rattle the cage!

FIU Panthers Bars & Restaurants

  1. Pollo Tropical

    Pollo Tropical

    Pollo Tropical is a restaurant chain and franchise specializing in the cuisine of the Caribbean.

    581 NW 57th Ave, Miami, FL 33126, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  2. EL Centro

    EL Centro beer

    Definitely a go-to place if you're craving for Mexican/ Salvadoran food that's amazingly delicious!

    155 SW 107th Ave, Miami, FL 33174, USA


    Bar website

    american - mexican - $$

  3. La Esquinita Habanera Restaurant

    La Esquinita Habanera Restaurant

    Dominican food that's just so good!

    200 SW 107th Ave, Miami, FL 33174, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $

  4. New Wave Billiards

    New Wave Billiards

    New Wave Billiards is the perfect place for friends to get together to watch their favorite sporting events and get the coldest alcoholic drinks.

    1403 SW 107th Ave, Miami, FL 33174, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  5. Sabores Chilenos

    Sabores Chilenos

    Chilean restaurant in Miami that serves great flavorful food and has a good service!

    10760 W Flagler St #6, Miami, FL 33174, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. Los Mega Perros

    Los Mega Perros

    Excellent Columbian food and great service!

    9511 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33174, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  7. La Capital De Los Jugos

    La Capital De Los Jugos

    Latin Food, Fresh Fruits, Natural Juices and products to delight a true Latin taste!

    2401 SW 122nd Ave, Miami, FL 33175, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  8. JC’s Pizzeria

    JCs Pizzaria pizza

    If you're looking for a delicious pizza place with convenient dine-in or carryout options, look no further than JC's Pizzaria in Keizer!

    11865 SW 26th St, Miami, FL 33175, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $

  9. Ruth Chris’s Steakhouse

    Ruth Chris Steakhouse

    Ruth’s Chris Steak House specializes in serving aged USDA Prime steaks, broiled in a trademark 1800-degree oven and served on a plate heated to 500 degrees.

    2320 Salzedo St, Coral Gables, FL 33134, USA


    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$$