Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
|Location||300 A Philip Randolph Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32202
|Owner||City of Jacksonville|
Arena Football: 13,011
|Broke ground||November 27, 2001|
|Opened||November 28, 2003|
|Construction cost||$130 million
($174 million in 2016 dollars)
|Architect||Populous (Formerly HOK Sport)
Bessent, Hammack & Ruckman
|Project manager||Gilbane/Scheer/Renaissance Group|
|Structural engineer||Bliss & Nyitray, Inc.|
|Services engineer||Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.|
|General contractor||Turner/Perry-McCall/Northside Partnership|
|Jacksonville Dolphins (NCAA) (2003–2015)
Jacksonville Barracudas (WHA2/SPHL) (2003–2007)
Jacksonville Breeze (LFL) (2009–2014)
Jacksonville Giants (ABA) (2010–present)
Jacksonville Sharks (AFL) (2010–present)
Jacksonville Bullies (PLL) (2012)
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 It was built in 2003 as part of Mayor John Delaney's Better Jacksonville Plan to replace the outdated Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum.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.
The Memorial Arena also serves as a multi-functional entertainment venue.
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.
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, second and third rounds of the 2006, 2010, and 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
The arena found huge success when the arena became the home of the Jacksonville Sharks in 2010 when they were introduced as an expansion team of the Arena Football League. The team was founded by former Orlando Predators executive Jeff Bouchy who is also the brother of former Orlando Predators owner Brett Bouchy. The Sharks have recently generated the highest attendance for a tenant in the arena's history.
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.
JVMA will host an NBA game between the Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Pelicans on October 9.
Currently, the arena is home to the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League and the Jacksonville Giants of the American Basketball Association. It also hosted the 2011 ABA All-Star Game, which took place on February 26, 2011. Starting in 2012, it became home to the Jacksonville Bullies of the Professional Lacrosse League.
The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena was home to the Jacksonville Barracudas ice hockey franchise until the end of the 2006–2007 season, when they were relocated to a smaller hockey arena in the area.
Gallery of Performances and Events
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- "Sharks to Play on Sea Best Field" (Press release). Jacksonville Sharks. April 9, 2010. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
- Pascucci, Gianni (November 23, 2010). "2010-2011 ABA All-Star Game Awarded to Jacksonville, Florida". US Basket. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
- Ferry, Jennifer (July 26, 2012). "Jacksonville's First Professional, Indoor Lacrosse Team to Launch in September". Jacksonville Business Journal. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
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