Main Arena

Information About the Main Arena

  • The roof supports a theatrical grid system. Please contact us for more details regarding the weight capacity.
  • 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.
  • The O’Connell Center’s flexibility is enhanced by the many pieces of equipment, which can be moved and retracted. The basketball goals, the stage, and the drop-in basketball and volleyball floors are examples of this unique flexibility, 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.

Seating Capacities

With all of the seating in use, the O’Connell Center main arena can accommodate almost 10,500 spectators. In addition, we also can seat people in folding chairs on the main arena floor during concerts or banquets.

Event Capacities


Full House: 7,000
In the Round: 10,500

Speaking Engagements

Half House (standard set): 2,500-3,500
Full House: 6,000-7,000


Men’s Basketball: 10,136
Women’s Basketball: 10,136
Volleyball: 10,136
Gymnastics: 9,251


Up to 1,200

Trade Shows

Service Level: 110  (8 ft X 10 ft booths)
Concourse Level (non-Arena): 140 (8 ft X 10 ft booths)
Total Exhibition Booths: 250
Total Exhibition Space:
Service Level: 20,000 sq. ft.
Concourse Level (non-Arena): 25,000 sq. ft.
TOTAL– 45,000 sq. ft.

Entire Building: 315,000 sq. ft.


Level 1 (bleachers in) — 172 feet x 118 feet
Level 1 (bleachers out) — 130 feet x 74 feet


Floor to grid: 78 feet
Floor to roof: 118 feet
Floor to Level 2: 12 feet


Multipurpose Rooms 

Practice Court

  • The practice court is located on Level 2 between Gates 3 & 4.
  • The main users of the court are the men’s and women’s basketball team, the women’s volleyball team, and the Dazzlers dance team. It is also rented out for smaller banquets and functions.
  • Netting, to prevent the equipment from damaging the plants in the gardens, and privacy curtains have been installed.

Gymnastics Studio

  • The gymnastics studio is located on Level 2 between Gates 1 & 4.
  • The studio is used by the Gator Gymnastics team.

Dance Studio

  • The Dance Studio is located on Level 2 just inside the main>
  • The Studio is used by classes and by Floridance, the UF dance company.
  • It features a wooden floor covered with special non-skid Marlee mats, a complete wall of mirrors and bars, and privacy curtains.

Orange and Blue Room

  • The Orange and Blue Room is located adjacent to the Loading Dock at Gate 4, service level.
  • Classes and clubs use this room daily for not only the various martial arts, but also for fencing, aerobics, dance, and yoga. In addition, it is used for banquets, press conferences, and backstage parties.
  • The room is approximately 4,177 square feet, and the floor is made of a synthetic rubber compound called Chem-Turf.


Our 50-meter Olympic-sized pool is one of the fastest in the world. The 648,000-gallon pool can be used as two 25-yard courses with a warm-up area in the middle, two 25-meter courses without a warm-up area, or a full 50-meter course, all by moving the two sliding bulkheads to the desired position.

The pool bottom slopes rapidly from five to eighteen feet, which greatly reduces the rebound of waves from the bottom. The extensive gutter system is designed to absorb any water that slaps against the pool’s sides so that there are no waves from which to rebound.

The retractable bleachers can seat 1,005 for swim meets.

There are men’s and women’s locker rooms located just off the pool deck. They can also be accessed from the hallway on level one.

The pool has two one-meter and two three-meter diving boards. There are also two diving platforms; one is five meters and the other is ten. For the use of photographers and judges during diving competitions, there is an underwater viewing room.

Dressing Rooms

Room Size Capacity Mirrors Number of Toilets Number of Showers Phone Hookups Additional Notes
Performers’ Dressing
Room # 1340
Small 4 Yes 1 1 Yes
Performers’ Dressing
Room # 1360
Small 4 Yes 1 1 Yes
Performers’ Dressing
Room # 1350
Large 10 Yes 1 1 Yes
Performers’ Dressing
Room # 1355
Large 10 Yes 1 1 Yes
Women’s General
Locker Room
Large 42 Yes 4 8 Yes
Visiting Team Locker 1 Large 16 Yes 3 1 No
Men’s General
Locker Room
Large 27 Yes 3 Stalls
3 Urinals
8 No
Visiting Team Locker 2 Small 6 Yes 1 1 No
Visiting Team Locker
Room # 1125
Medium 13 Yes 2 4 No
Orange and Blue Room Very Large 324 Yes 0 0 Yes Can be divided with on-site
portable partition
Practice Court Very Large 434 No 0 0 No Located on Level 2;
Available on a limited basis
Center Court Club Large 150 Yes F – 8
M – 2 stalls, 5 urinals
0 No Located on Level 2;
Available on a limited basis
Courtside Club Large 50 Yes F – 3
M – 1 stall, 1 urinal
0 No Located on Level 2;
Available on a limited basis
Dance Studio Very Large 147 Yes 0 0 No Located on Level 2;
Available on a limited basis
Florida Room Large 100 Yes 0 0 No Located on Level 2;
Available on a limited basis

Note: There are other areas in the building and on site that may be utilized for various purposes.
The decision to use these spaces will be made on a per event basis.

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