The Stephen O’Connell Center, or the O’Dome as many Gators fans call it, is the home of the Florida Gators men’s and women’s basketball teams. The 10,133 seat arena opened in 1980 and is named after former university president Stephen O’Connell.
Over the years, the O’Connell Center has undergone several renovations. In 1998, a hard shell roof replaced the arena’s original inflatable Teflon roof. Almost a decade later, the arena’s four scoreboards were replaced by a new center-hung video board. Most recently, a $64.5 million renovation project began in March of 2016. The project rebuilt the entire seating area, added luxury boxes, upgraded the locker rooms, and built a grand entrance.
In addition to undergoing several renovations, The O’Connell Center has been the site of many notable events throughout its history. The Gators set their home attendance record when 12,633 came out to see the Gators defeat #11 Kentucky 70-68 on February 5, 2011. The arena also has hosted numerous concerts over the years featuring acts such as Tom Petty and is home to the university’s graduation ceremonies.