Bob Martinez Sports Center

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Bob Martinez Sports Center
Former names Spartan Sports Center
Location Tampa, Florida
Owner University of Tampa
Capacity 3,432
Opened July 1984
Tampa Spartans (NCAA Division II SSC) (1984–present)
Tampa Bay Thrillers (CBA) (1985–1986)
Tampa Bay Strong Dogs (ABA) (2006; never played a game)

Bob Martinez Sports Center is a 3,432-seat multi-purpose arena in Tampa, Florida named after former Tampa mayor and governor of Florida, Bob Martinez.

The facility is home to the University of Tampa Spartans men's and women's basketball teams, as well as the Spartans volleyball team. The Spartan Sports Center, as it was then known, hosted the Continental Basketball Association's Tampa Bay Thrillers for their 1985–86 season. It was also the planned home of the Tampa Bay Strong Dogs of the American Basketball Association, but the team folded without playing a game in Tampa. The facility is on the University of Tampa campus across the Hillsborough River from downtown Tampa and was opened in 1984.[1]


  1. ^ Facilities at, URL accessed November 7, 2009. Archived 11/7/09

Coordinates: 27°56′49″N 82°28′8″W / 27.94694°N 82.46889°W / 27.94694; -82.46889