USF Sun Dome
|USF Sun Dome|
|Opened||November 29, 1980|
|Owner||University of South Florida|
|Surface||QuickLock Portable Floor
(northern hard maple)
|Construction cost||$12 million
($34 million in 2013 dollars)
|Architect||Barger + Dean Architects, Inc.
|South Florida Bulls
(Basketball & volleyball)
The USF Sun Dome (also known as the USF Arena & Convocation Center) is a 55,000-square-foot (5,100 m2) multi-purpose facility, on the campus of the University of South Florida, in Tampa, Florida. It was built, starting in 1977 and was completed on November 29, 1980.
It is located on the southeastern side of campus, and is home to the men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams.
The Sun Dome is a multi-purpose facility, hosting approximately 300 different events each year, including sporting events, concerts, home and garden shows, trade shows, religious services and conventions, ethnic festivals, rodeos, bull riding competitions, youth sports camps, wrestling, boxing, taekwondo tournaments, gymnastics and cheerleading competitions, commencement ceremonies, lectures and political rallies among other corporate, community and university events.
It also held live events by WWE, such as Saturday Night's Main Event in December 1985, and the 1995 Royal Rumble. The UFC also made their debut in the arena in February 2009 with UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs Stephens. Bellator Fighting Championships has also held a number of events at the Sun Dome. TNA Impact Wrestling tapings will be made in this arena on 23 May[when?].
On June 8, 2011, the USF Board of Trustees approved a renovation of $35.6 million to the Sun Dome. The renovation plans include a reconfiguration of seating, adding a center hung scoreboard, adding a concourse level with concessions and restrooms, and restoration to the existing exterior concrete. The project was completed by April 2012.
- Original cost: $12 million
- Renovated in 93-94 for $5 million
- New roof installed in 2000 at a cost of $8 million
- First events: USF vs. Florida A&M men’s basketball; Alice Cooper in concert
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