Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

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Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
The Vet
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Location 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Broke ground November 27, 2001
Opened November 28, 2003[1]
Owner City of Jacksonville
Operator SMG
Construction cost $130 million
($173 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Architect HOK Sport[3]
Bessent, Hammack & Ruckman[1]
Project manager Gilbane/Scheer/Renaissance Group[1]
Structural engineer Bliss & Nyitray, Inc.[4]
Services engineer DF&H Services, PLLC[5]
General contractor Turner/Perry-McCall/Northside Partnership[1]
Capacity Concerts: 15,000
Basketball: 14,091
Hockey: 13,141
Arena Football: 13,011
Tenants
Jacksonville Bullies (PLL) (2012-present)
Jacksonville Sharks (AFL) (2010–present)
Jacksonville Giants (ABA) (2010-present)
Jacksonville University Dolphins men's basketball (2003–present)
Jacksonville Barracudas (SPHL) (2003–2007)

The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena is a 15,000 seat multi-purpose arena in Jacksonville, Florida. It was built in 2003 as part of Mayor John Delaney's Better Jacksonville Plan to replace the outdated Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The field is titled Sea Best Field.[6]

The Memorial Arena also serves as a multi-functional entertainment venue.

Events[edit]

The arena was designed, using state-of-the-art techniques, to have the acoustical characteristics necessary for concerts; the first artist to hold a concert in the Arena was Elton John in November 2003. Since that time, dozens of groups, including country, rap, rock and others have performed at the arena.

In 2006, a scheduled Dixie Chicks concert was cancelled, due to lack of ticket sales, which was seen as part of the general backlash against the group's comments on the Iraq War.[7]

Sporting events hosted include the 2004 USA Men's Olympic basketball team in their only game played in the United States, as well as the first and second rounds of the 2006, 2010, and 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

The arena also hosted the WWE One Night Stand 2007 pay-per-view.

The arena also hosts frequent WWE shows throughout the year.

It was the host for the Davis Cup first round tie between the US and Brazil on the weekend of February 1–3, 2013.

Tenants[edit]

Currently, the Arena is home to the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League and the Jacksonville Dolphins men's basketball team. The Jacksonville Giants, a member of the American Basketball Association, also play their home games at the Veterans Memorial Arena. It also hosted the 2011 ABA All-Star Game, which took place on February 26, 2011.[8] Starting in 2012, it will be home to the Jacksonville Bullies of the Professional Lacrosse League.[9]

The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena was home to the Jacksonville Barracudas ice hockey franchise until the end of the 2006–07 season, when they were relocated to a smaller hockey arena in the area.

It has also hosted PBR Built Ford Tough Series events in the past.

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Preceded by
first arena
Home of the
Jacksonville Sharks

2010 – present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
first arena
Home of the
Jacksonville Bullies

2012
Succeeded by
current

Coordinates: 30°19′32.77″N 81°38′42.25″W / 30.3257694°N 81.6450694°W / 30.3257694; -81.6450694