BankUnited Center

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Not to be confused with United Center.
BankUnited Center
Convocation Center
The BankUnited Center at night
Full name University of Miami BankUnited Center
Former names University of Miami Convocation Center (2003–2005)
Location 1245 Dauer Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33146
Owner University of Miami
Operator Global Spectrum
Capacity 7,972[1]
Surface Hardwood
Construction
Broke ground April 4, 2001[2]
Opened January 4, 2003
Construction cost $48 million
($55.1 million in 2014 dollars[3])
Architect Ellerbe Becket
Spills Candela
General contractor Turner Construction[4]
Tenants
Miami Inferno (UIFL) (2014-Present)
Miami Hurricanes
(Men's and Women's Basketball) (2003–present)
(Premios Lo Nuestro) (2009)
South Florida Sting (2013)

The BankUnited Center, officially the University of Miami BankUnited Center, originally named the University of Miami Convocation Center, is an 7,972-seat multi-purpose arena on the campus of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. The venue hosts concerts, family shows, trade shows, lecture series, university events and sporting events, including all University of Miami men's and women's basketball games. Owned by the university, it is managed by Global Spectrum, a subsidiary of Philadelphia-based Comcast Spectacor.

The BankUnited Center is served by the Miami Metrorail at the University Station.

Founding[edit]

The arena opened in 2003 as the University of Miami Convocation Center, and is home to the Miami Hurricanes Men's and Women's basketball teams. Events held in the BankUnited Center include concerts, sporting events, lectures, award shows, high school graduations, and Men's and Women's basketball games. It is the largest arena ever built on campus.

Prior to the opening of the BankUnited Center (informally known as the BUC), the school played its games at the Miami Arena since its opening in 1988.

Ranking[edit]

The 2007 issue of Venues Today, one of the entertainment industry's leading publications, reports that the BankUnited Center outperformed all but one other venue in Florida in its size category for number of concerts and touring events held in 2006.[5]

Events[edit]

2009[edit]

On August 28 and 29 the BankUnited Center hosted the HillSong United concert. This was the BUC’s first sold out show.

On September 26 the BankUnited Center hosted the Mixed Marital Arts cage match Bad Blood 2: Battle of the Americas.

On November 20 the BankUnited Center hosted another MMA event called Unconquered 1: November Reign.

2010[edit]

On January 15 The “World Famous” Lipizzaner Stallions Dancing with Horses performed the “Airs Above the Ground” show.

On January 22 T.D. Jakes the bishop/chief pastor of The Potter’s House held a worship event at the BankUnited Center.

On January 30 The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artists Tour came to the BankUnited Center to celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s 75th birthday.

On February 6 the BankUnited Center hosted the Rock n Ride car show featuring guest judge Quinton ‘Q’ Dodson.

KC and the Sunshine band held a Valentine’s Day concert at the BUC on February 13.

On March 14 the Derrty Entertainment versus Cash Money Millionaires celebrity basketball tour was played at the BankUnited Center. The tour featured Bow Wow and Nelly.

On April 10 the BankUnited Center hosted Power 96 Live! King & Queens of Freestyle concert.

From May 22 to May 23 the Coral Gables Home Show was held at the BankUnited Center.

The seventh Annual Premios Juventud was held on July 15 and the BankUnited Center. Some of the performers include: Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, Wisin & Yandel, Jowell & Randy, Anahi, Chino & Nacho, Espinoza Paz, Pitbull, Juanes, Pedro Fernandez, Juan Luis Guerra, Prince Royce, Camila, Carlos Baute, Ivy Queen, Larry Hernandez, Belinda, Diego Torress, and Dulce Maria. Some of the Presenters include: Anahi, Victor Manuelle, Maria Fernanda Yepez, Fedro, Dulce Maria, Amelia Vega, Marlon Moreno, Eugenio Siller, Blanca Soto, Andrea Gomez, Michel Brown, Maria Elena Salinas, Belinda, Jacqueline Bracamontes, Selena Gomez, Joey King, Ivy Queen, Juanes, Diego Torres, William Levy, Noel Schajris, Guy Ecker, Dyland & Lenny, Amado Guevara, Alfonso de Anda, Scarlet Ortiz, Wilmer Valderrama, Ana Patricia Gonzalez, Sebastian Zurita and Rodner Figueroa. The event was televisied on Univision.

The show Curious George LIVE! was held at the BankUnited Center from August 6 through August 8.

On September 27 the BankUnited Center hosted the National Basketball Association’s “Three Kings” as it hosted the Miami Heat’s largest Media Day in franchise history. The event told the story of how Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, and Chris Bosh will perform together as teammates. This event allowed the BUC to have national and international media coverage that included ESPN’s SportsCenter, CNN, NBATV, TNT, and Fox Sports.

On October 26 the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, made his return visit to the BankUnted Center to a capacity crowd.

On November 18 MMA came back to the BankUnited Center with Bad Blood 4: Battle of the Americas.

On December 19 the Big Dreams for Kids held the Holiday Smiles Celebrity Toy Drive and Concert at the BankUnited Center. The main headliner of this event was Flo Rida. Other performers include Brisco, Billy Blue, Git Fresh, and Brianna Jay Randall.

Also in 2010 the BankUnited Center was the setting for a NIKE commercial that featured LeBron James.

2011[edit]

On January 29th the BankUnited Center hosted a concert by Barry Manilow.

On February 12th Prince Royse performed at the BankUnited Center.

From February 26th to February 27th the Piccadilly Circus came to the BankUnited Center.

On April 28th the Billboard Latin Music Awards were held at the BankUnited Center. The event was broadcast live on Telemundo. Some of the performers include: Enrique Iglesias, Lucero, Christian Castro, Juanes, Dyland & Lenny, Chino & Nacho, Camila, Fidel Rueda, Roberto Tapia, Gloria Trevi, Don Omar and Lucenzo, Emmanuel, Luis Fonsi, Mana, Marc Anthony, Jencarlos Canela, and Pitbull.

On May 21st and 22nd the BankUnited Center again hosted the Coral Gables Home Show.

Sesame Street Live came to the BankUnited Center from June 17th to June 19th.

DayGlow “World’s Largest Paint Party” came to Miami and the BankUnited Center on July 3rd.

Premios Juventud returned to the BankUnited Center on July 21st.

On September 16th the Roller Derby event Gold Coast Derby Girls versus Gainesville Roller Rebels was held at the BankUnited Center.

On October 14th the United States Marine Band performed at the BankUnited Center.

On October 15th MMA Reloaded came to the BankUnited Center.


2012[edit]

Drake performed at the BankUnited Center in a special Valentine’s Day concert on February 14th.

On February 23rd the BankUnited Center hosted the Casting Crowns: Come to the Well Tour.

Sneaker Con came to the BankUnited Center on March 17th and August 4th.

The Latin Billboard awards were held at the BankUnited Center on April 26th.

On May 5th New Edition came to the BankUnited Center on their 30th anniversary tour.

On May 13th for Mother’s Day the BankUnited Center hosted the Super Classic Mother’s Day Extravaganza.

From June 15-17 Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Super Heroes came to the BankUnited Center.

On July 3rd the BankUnited Center hosted the R you on the List? Tour. Featuring: Cee Lo Green, B.o.B, and Flo Rida.

On July 29th the BankUnited Center again hosted the Premios Juventud awards.

On September 19th the BankUnited Center hosted a debate between the two presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

On September 22nd the BankUnited Center hosted the Forever R&B concert featuring Kelly Price, Carl Thomas, Dru Hill and Shirley Murdock.

On September 29th the Miami Rocks our Troops benefit concert was held at the BankUnited Center. Some performers include: Jon Secada, Jose Feliciano, Angel & Khriz, Billy Gibbons, Willie Panama, Jorge Villamizar, and Kris Allen.

The event Miami Cass Super Fest was held at the BUC on November 10th.

On December 1st the BankUnited Center hosted Wiz Khalifa.

2013[edit]

The BankUnited Center hosted the Belen versus Columbus High School basketball game on January 18th.

Sneaker Con was held at the BankUnited Center on February 2nd, June 29th, and October 5th.

On February 15th the BankUnited Center hosted a Valentine’s Celebration Concert featuring Frankie Beverly and Maze Ledisi.

On March 9th the Salsa Music Awards were held at the BankUnited Center.

The Latin Billboard Music Awards were held at the BankUnited Center on April 25th.

The Coral Gables Home Show was held at the BankUnited Center from May 18-19th.

Premios Juventud was held at the BankUnited Center on July 18th.

On October 25th the BankUnited Center hosted Maria Rivas.

The BankUnited Center hosted the MMA Welterweight championship Fight on October 26th.

The Freestyle Honor Awards came to the BankUnited Center on November 2nd. Some of the performers included: Johnny O, Safire, George Lamond, Cynthia, Coro, Shannon, Nice & Wild, Nasty Boyz, Rockell, and Linear.


On November 4th the BankUnited Center hosted a meet and greet with the cast of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The participants included: Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Alan Ritchson, and Stephanie Leigh Schlund.


This year’s University of Miami Homecoming concert featured Big Sean and Gareth Emery on November 7th.


2014[edit]

On February 124th the BankUnited Center hosted LoveFest Miami 2014 a benefit and awareness concert for HIV/AIDS. Artists included: Pleasure P, Meek Mill, K. Michelle, and Wale.

The BankUnited Center hosted Disney Junior Live: Pirate and Princess Adventure on February 27th.

Impact Wrestling held their TNA: Lockdown event at the BankUnited Center on March 8

Showbow 2014 Columbie vs. Venezuela was held at the BUC on March 21st with a celebrity match held before the game.

On April 24th the 24th annual Billboard Latin Music awards well be held at the BankUnited Center.

Gala of the Royal Horses will come to the BankUnited Center on April 27th.


References[edit]

  1. ^ Kaufman, Michelle (January 23, 2013). "Durham’s Julian Gamble to star for Miami Hurricanes against No. 1 Duke". The Miami Herald. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ Palm Beach Post Wire Services (April 5, 2001). "Finally! Work to Start on UM Basketball Arena". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved November 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  4. ^ Published July 30, 2001. "What's on deck? - SportsBusiness Daily | SportsBusiness Journal | SportsBusiness Daily Global". SportsBusiness Daily. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  5. ^ Palmer, Heidi M. (April 4, 2007). "University of Miami's BankUnited Center Ranks Second Among Florida Venues By National Magazine". University of Miami News. Archived from the original on May 23, 2011. Retrieved January 31, 2009. 

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Coordinates: 25°42′54″N 80°16′45″W / 25.71500°N 80.27917°W / 25.71500; -80.27917