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Addition Financial Arena
"The Dungeon"[1]
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Full nameAddition Financial Arena
Former namesCFE Arena (2013–19)
UCF Arena (2007–13)
UCF Convocation Center (planning/construction)
Location12777 Gemini Boulevard N.
Orlando, FL 32816
United States
Coordinates28°36′24″N 81°11′51″W / 28.6068°N 81.1976°W / 28.6068; -81.1976Coordinates: 28°36′24″N 81°11′51″W / 28.6068°N 81.1976°W / 28.6068; -81.1976
Public transitUCF Transit Center, Lynx
OwnerUniversity of Central Florida
OperatorGlobal Spectrum[2]
Capacity9,432 (basketball)[3]
9,993 (MMA)[3]
10,072 (concert)[3]
Broke ground2006
OpenedSeptember 8, 2007 (2007-09-08)
(12 years, 4 days ago)[6]
Construction cost$107 million[4]
($129 million in 2018 dollars[5])
ArchitectPopulous (company)[6][7]
Structural engineerBliss & Nyitray, Inc.
Services engineerSmith Seckman Reid, Inc.[8]
General contractorKUD International[6]
UCF Knights (NCAA) (2007–present)
Orlando Fantasy (LFL) (2010)
Orlando Predators (AFL) (2014)

Addition Financial Arena, formerly known as CFE Arena and UCF Arena, is a sports and entertainment arena located in Orlando, Florida, United States on the main campus of the University of Central Florida. The facility recently underwent a name change and is now known as "Addition Financial Arena." This name change came about following the name change of "CFE" to "Addition Financial." The arena was revived with new signage and part was painted black. It was constructed beginning in 2006 as a replacement for the original UCF arena, and as a part of Knights Plaza. The arena is home to the UCF Knights men's and women's basketball teams. The Arena also hosted the annual Science Olympiad in 2012 and 2014.

The arena is 325,000 square feet (30,000 m2), and boasts a capacity of over 10,000, and 17 luxury suites.[3] As of March 2017, the attendance record for the arena is 10,011, the arena's first ever sellout crowd, for a March 22, 2017 NIT Quarterfinals matchup with the Illinois Fighting Illini. The theater can be configured for concerts, family events, musical theatre, commencements, and other stage shows and sporting events. Local high schools often host graduations at the arena. One of UCF's biggest event, Knighthon, is also held at the arena. The fundraiser is a dance marathon which raises money for Children's Miracle Network. The Addition Financial Arena is owned by the university, and is managed by Global Spectrum, a subsidiary of Philadelphia-based Comcast Spectacor.

Original arena[edit]

The arena was originally built in 1991 with a capacity of 5,100 and was home to men's basketball, women's basketball, and volleyball, and was also used for events such as concerts and commencements. It has hosted the Atlantic Sun Conference men's basketball tournament three times, in 1994, 1995, and 2002. The last basketball game played in the original facility was on March 3, 2007, when the UCF men's team beat the East Carolina Pirates, 77–64, in Conference USA play.

While basketball moved into the new arena, the men's and women's volleyball teams continue to play their regular-season games at the Venue. The basketball teams still use it as a practice facility.


The interior of the Addition Financial Arena, UCF's multi-purpose indoor sports arena.

A new arena was built 2007, as part of a larger project to create an athletic village known as Knights Plaza. The new arena, built in the space in front of the original arena, is double the seating capacity of its predecessor, including 7,479 fixed standard seats, 500 club seats, 1,328 retractable seats, 188 disabled seats, 16 luxury suites (seating capacity 192, total capacity 256), two party suites (total capacity 60) and loge box seating for 64. According to the promoters' guide, the new arena has a basketball capacity of 9,465, and can hold up to 10,072 for concert events. The student section has been dubbed the "Knightmare."[6]

The new arena was completed in September 2007 and is the home to both the men's and women's basketball teams. This expansion made the Addition Financial Arena the second largest arena complex in Orlando. Beginning in 2008, the grounds around arena hosted "Light Up UCF", a holiday celebration that features an outdoor ice skating rink. For the event, the arena is decorated with thousands of lights that are synchronized to holiday music.[9]

In October 2008, the Addition Financial Arena was home to one of the largest Presidential Debate Watch Parties ever. On the front lawn of the arena the Presidential Debate was projected onto a large inflatable movie screen while a Lupe Fiasco concert was taking place inside the arena. The Presidential Debate, which was the final debate of the election, was then replayed for the thousands of attendees as they were leaving the concert. Lupe Fiasco actually acknowledged that the debate would be shown after the show and encouraged the attendees to stay and watch it because of the significance of the election.

In 2010, the Legends Football League team Orlando Fantasy played at the arena. In 2014, it served as the home of the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League.

On May 18–19, 2012, the arena hosted the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2012 Science Olympiad National Tournament.

In addition to its use as a basketball arena, the arena is regularly used to host other events on campus, including career fairs, graduation ceremonies, concerts, and public speakers. Addition Financial Arena has increasingly been used in recent years as an alternative to the much larger Amway Center in downtown Orlando.


UCF expressed interest numerous times in selling the naming rights to the arena. At one point, AirTran Airways was in negotiations to purchase naming rights, but no agreement was ever reached. On May 22, 2013, the UCF Board of Trustees officially announced that the school had entered into a naming rights contract with CFE Federal Credit Union, which has had a long-standing history with UCF.[10] The deal is slated for seven years and is worth $3.95 million, or around $564,286 per year.[11] The new name took effect on May 23, 2013. On May 1, 2019, CFE changed its name to Addition Financial and, coinciding with the change, the arena's name changed from CFE Arena to Addition Financial Arena on the same date.[12] The arena's naming rights deal was not affected by the sponsor's name change.


The arena holds different types of events every year. In 2013, the arena hosted 356 events and served 394,121 attendees.[13] It ranked fifth in university venues in the U.S. in 2014 in terms of gross ticket sales and attendance.[14]


Addition Financial Arena has hosted concerts by high-profile musicians such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Elton John, Drake and more. The arena also served as the venue for the University of Central Florida's series of annual entertainment events for their students like the Homecoming Concert Knight, Comedy Knight, KnightFest or Pegasus Palooza.

List of entertainment events held at Addition Financial Arena
Date Artist Opening act(s) Tour / Concert name Attendance Revenue Notes
September 8, 2007 Reba McEntire Melissa Peterman N/A N/A N/A First show at the venue[15]
November 1, 2007 Fall Out Boy Gym Class Heroes
Cute Is What We Aim For
Plain White T's
Young Wild Things Tour N/A N/A
November 10, 2007 Elton John Rocket Man: Greatest Hits Live 9,921 / 9,921 N/A Venue's first sold-out show and largest concert attendance as of 2017[15]
February 23, 2008 Michael Bublé Naturally 7 Call Me Irresponsible Tour 8,897 / 8,897 $582,636
March 28, 2008 Avenged Sevenfold
Bullet for My Valentine
Idiot Pilot
The Underneath
Taste of Chaos Festival Tour 2008 7,765 / 7,765 $284,805
April 29, 2008 Santana The Derek Trucks Band Live Your Light Tour 5,537 / 7,668 $348,169
May 18, 2008 Duran Duran Your Vegas The Red Carpet Massacre Tour N/A N/A
October 18, 2008 Dolly Parton Backwoods Barbie Tour N/A N/A
November 14, 2008 Sarah Brightman The Symphony World Tour N/A N/A Fernando Lima and Mario Frangoulis were the special guests
December 13, 2008 Carrie Underwood Little Big Town Carnival Ride Tour N/A N/A
January 24, 2009 Alan Jackson
Zac Brown Band
N/A 5,553 / 6,608 $308,655
February 18, 2009 Slipknot Coheed and Cambria
All Hope Is Gone World Tour N/A N/A
March 4, 2009 Mötley Crüe Hinder
Theory of a Deadman
The Last Vegas
Saints of Los Angeles Tour N/A N/A
April 22, 2009 Fall Out Boy Cobra Starship
All Time Low
Metro Station
Hey Monday
Believers Never Die Tour Part Deux N/A N/A
October 1, 2009 The Killers Chairlift Day & Age World Tour N/A N/A
January 3, 2010 Lady Gaga Jason Derulo
Semi Precious Weapons
The Monster Ball Tour 6,753 / 6,785 $283,886
April 21, 2010 Drake k-os
Francis & The Lights
Campus Consciousness Tour 7,947 / 8,000 $79,735
August 28, 2010 Ednita Nazario Soy... El Concierto 3,436 / 4,588 $179,085
September 5, 2010 Paramore Tegan and Sara
New Found Glory
Honda Civic Tour 7,300 / 8,002 $199,564
October 10, 2010 Bob Dylan Never Ending Tour 2010 3,441 / 6,525 $147,014
April 20, 2011 Wiz Khalifa Mac Miller Campus Consciousness Green Carpet Tour N/A N/A
May 22, 2011 Luis Miguel Luis Miguel Tour 2,612 / 4,500 $167,496
June 9, 2011 Katy Perry Robyn
DJ Skeet Skeet
California Dreams Tour 7,792 / 7,792 $350,640
August 24, 2011 Chiddy Bang
Big Sean
The Hood Internet Taste of UCF Concert N/A N/A
October 22, 2011 Lupe Fiasco
Panic! At The Disco
Eric Hutchinson
DJ Wizz Kid Black and Gold Revolution Homecoming Concert Knight 823 / 823 $16,460
December 4, 2011 Paul Simon So Beautiful or So What Tour 2,805 / 4,000 $210,140
January 21, 2012 Rise Against A Day to Remember
The Menzingers
Endgame Tour 5,443 / 5,988 $179,007
January 27, 2012 Avicii House for Hunger Tour N/A N/A
February 17, 2012 Celtic Woman Believe Tour 2,219 / 5,159 $109,328
February 4, 2012 Miranda Lambert Chris Young
Jerrod Niemann
On Fire Tour 6,513 / 7,110 $306,376
February 24, 2012 Casting Crowns Matthew West
Royal Tailor
Lindsay McCaul
Come to the Well Tour 5,135 / 7,587 $129,851
September 2, 2012 Meek Mill
DJ Demp Back to School Labor Day Concert N/A N/A Lundo, Andrew Floyd, Big Head were the special guests
October 26, 2012 Lynyrd Skynyrd Last of a Dyin' Breed Tour 2,669 / 5,581 $84,650
October 27, 2012 Snoop Dogg UCF Homecoming Concert 2012 3,522 / 7,510 $6,720
November 30, 2012 Wiz Khalifa Juicy J
Chevy Woods
Lola Monroe
Tuki Carter
The 2050 Tour N/A N/A
April 9, 2013 Kendrick Lamar
Steve Aoki
May 15, 2013 Cirque de Soleil Quidam 16,258 $940,000
May 16, 2013
May 17, 2013
May 18, 2013
May 19, 2013
September 19, 2013 fun. Tegan and Sara Most Nights Tour N/A N/A
September 23, 2013 Imagine Dragons Paper Route
The Neighbourhood
Night Visions Tour N/A N/A
October 8, 2013 Sigur Rós Julianna Barwick Sigur Rós World Tour 1,700 / 3,000 $62,989
October 11, 2013 OneRepublic TeamMate truthLIVE Tour N/A N/A
November 5, 2013 Paramore Hellogoodbye
The Self-Titled Tour N/A N/A
October 14, 2014 Five Finger Death Punch
Nothing More
Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat Fall Tour 5,901 / 7,656 $239,867
October 20, 2014 B.o.B Icona Pop No Genre Tour
(UCF Homecoming 2014: Concert Knight)
February 26, 2015 Kid Ink
Hoodie Allen
KnightFest 2015 N/A N/A
October 15, 2015 Zedd Dillon Francis
Alex Metric
True Colors Tour N/A N/A
November 7, 2015 Mary J. Blige Tamar Braxton MJB Live! N/A N/A
January 28, 2016 Tool Primus
North American Tour 2016 7,871 / 8,116 $613,421
March 31, 2016 The Chainsmokers Daya KnightFest 2016 N/A N/A
April 14, 2016 Pentatonix Us The Duo
AJ Lehrman
Pentatonix World Tour 6,961 / 7,470 $388,055
May 16, 2016 Amy Schumer Spring Stand Up Comedy Tour 2016 4,450 / 4,725 $203,947
June 4, 2016 Ellie Goulding Delirium World Tour 6,308 / 7,660 N/A
July 6, 2016 Halsey Bad Suns Badlands Tour N/A N/A
September 18, 2016 Meghan Trainor Hailee Steinfeld The Untouchable Tour 6,230 / 6,515 $258,079
November 10, 2016 Chris Young Dustin Lynch
Cassadee Pope
I'm Comin' Over Tour 4,450 / 4,725 $203,947
March 17, 2017 Casting Crowns Danny Gokey
The Very Next Thing Tour N/A N/A
March 30, 2017 DNCE Knights of the Turn Tables KnightFest 2017 N/A N/A
April 25, 2017 Daniel Tosh 6,869 / 7,681 $270,665
August 22, 2017 Lil Jon Throttle Pegasus Palooza 2017 N/A N/A
August 30, 2017 Bryson Tiller H.E.R.
Metro Boomin
Set It Off Tour N/A N/A
October 12, 2017 Martin Garrix Jacquees UCF Homecoming: Concert Knight 2017 N/A N/A
December 31, 2017 Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour N/A N/A
May 17, 2018 ODESZA 2018 A Moment Apart Tour N/A N/A
August 21, 2018 Metro Boomin Metro Boomin Live at UCF N/A N/A
November 8, 2018 A$AP Ferg Ella Mai UCF Homecoming: Concert Knight 2018 N/A N/A
December 7, 2018 Migos Tee Grizzley
BlocBoy JB
Migos Live in Concert N/A N/A
January 25, 2019 Bring Me the Horizon Thrice
Fever 333
First Love World Tour 4,514 / 6,395 $189,989
February 10, 2019 Adam Sandler 100% Fresher Tour N/A N/A Rob Schneider was the special guest
April 1, 2019 Why Don't We EBEN 8 Letters Tour N/A N/A

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Knights welcome struggling Hatters to UCF Dungeon". Central Florida Future. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2009.
  2. ^ "Global Spectrum – University of Central Florida CFE Arena, Orlando, Florida". Global Spectrum. Retrieved July 27, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d "THE CFE ARENA AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA PROMOTER'S GUIDE" (PDF). UCF Athletics Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 29, 2019. Retrieved July 27, 2009.
  4. ^ "UCF Convocation Center". UCF Athletics Association. Archived from the original on August 17, 2009. Retrieved July 27, 2009.
  5. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d "CFE Arena Bio". UCF Athletics Association. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2009.
  7. ^ "University of Central Florida Convocation Center". Populous. Retrieved August 5, 2010.
  8. ^ "UCF Convocation Center Orlando, FL". Randall Mechanical, Inc. Retrieved February 11, 2015.
  9. ^ Light Up UCF information page
  10. ^ Zunz, Andy. "UCF announces naming rights deal for Arena". Central Florida Future. Archived from the original on September 7, 2013. Retrieved May 24, 2013.
  11. ^ Ordway, Denise-Marie (May 23, 2013). "UCF arena named after CFE Federal Credit Union". Orlando Sentinel. Tribune Company. Archived from the original on October 18, 2013. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  12. ^ "CFE Arena Soon to be Named Addition Financial Arena". University of Central Florida. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  13. ^ "2013 UCF Arena Annual Report". CFE Arena. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 18, 2019. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  14. ^ Vasquez, Luis. "CFE Arena ranks fifth in the nation for university venue ticket sales". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  15. ^ a b "Spectra by Comcast Spectacor Commemorates Tenth Anniversary of CFE Arena with Yearlong Celebration" (PDF). Spectra. Retrieved May 18, 2019.

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