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Main Arena

Seating Capacities:
First Level Bleachers: 2,712
Second Level Chairbacks: 4,908
Third Level Chairbacks: 3,583
Disabled/Companion: 110

With all of the seating in use, the O'Connell Center main arena can accommodate almost 12,000 spectators.
In addition, we also can seat people in folding chairs on the main arena floor during concerts or banquets.

Event Capacities:
Concerts:
-Full House ~ 9,300
-Half House ~ 6,300
-In the Round ~ 12,000

Speaking Engagements:
-Half House (standard set) ~ 3,000-4,000
-Full House ~ 7,000-8,000

Athletics:
-Men's Basketball ~ 11,697
-Women's Basketball ~ 11,409
-Volleyball ~ 11,409
-Gymnastics ~ 10,275

Banquets:
-up to 2,800

Trade Shows:
-Level 1 ~ 114 -- 8 foot x 10 foot booths
-Level 2 ~ 166 -- 8 foot x 10 foot booths
-Total Exhibition Booths: 280

Total Exhibition Space:
-Level 1 -- 20,400 sq. ft.
-Level 2 -- 30,000 sq. ft.
-TOTAL-- 50,400 sq. ft. Entire Building: 296,000 sq ft.

Dimensions:
-Level 1 (bleachers in) -- 120 feet x 174 feet
-Level 1 (bleachers out)--116 feet x 61 feet

-Level 2 (seats in) -- Between Gate 1 & Gate 2: 160 feet x 40 feet
-Level 2 (seats in) -- Between Gate 2 & Gate 3: 95 feet x 50 feet
-Level 2 (seats in) -- Between Gate 3 & Gate 4: 160 feet x 50 feet
-Level 2 (seats in) -- Between Gate 1 & Gate 4: 95 feet x 50 feet

Heights:
-Floor to grid: 78 feet
-Floor to roof: 118 feet
-Floor to Level 2: 16 feet
-Level 2 to Level 3: 20 feet


Miscellaneous Info:
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The roof supports a theatrical grid system capable of supporting up to 100,000 pounds of equipment.

-Three levels of seating surround the main arena floor which is 14.5 feet below ground level to take advantage of the constant temperature of the earth.

-Both the main arena floor and the second level floor are made of a synthetic substance to provide cushion to our athletes. The flooring on level 1 is made from the material Chem-Turf. The flooring on level 2 is made from the material Mondo. The track is textured to provide a better running surface.

-Basketball: On level one there are three intramural basketball courts painted on the floor. During collegiate games a drop-in wooden floor is used.

-Volleyball: On level one there are six intramural volleyball courts painted on the floor. During collegiate games a drop-in wooden floor is used.

-On level two when the bleachers are retracted there is exposed a six lane, 220 yard track (1/8 mile).

-Net curtains which run the inner perimeter of level two may be pulled out from behind the gates to prevent volleyballs and other equipment from falling onto the main floor.

-The O'Connell Center's flexibility is enhanced by the many pieces of equipment which can be moved and retracted. In addition to the retractable bleacher seating, the basketball goals, the stage, and the drop-in basketball and volleyball floors are examples of this unique flexibility.