Teaching Gym (Florida A&M)

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Alfred Lawson, Jr. Multipurpose Center
"Lawson Center"
FAMU Arena.jpg
Location 1800 Wahnish Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32310
Coordinates 30°25′28″N 84°17′26″W / 30.424318°N 84.290473°W / 30.424318; -84.290473Coordinates: 30°25′28″N 84°17′26″W / 30.424318°N 84.290473°W / 30.424318; -84.290473
Owner Florida A&M University
Operator Florida A&M University
Capacity 9,639
8,470 (basketball)
Surface Hardwood
Broke ground July 27, 2007
Opened April 4, 2009 (basketball)
Construction cost $40 Million
($45.6 million in 2017 dollars[1])
Architect Williams-Russell & Johnson, Inc
Akin & Associates Architects, Inc.
Project manager Turner Construction
General contractor F.L. Crane & Sons
Florida A&M Rattlers athletics

Florida A&M University's Teaching Gymnasium officially named the Alfred Lawson, Jr. Multipurpose Center is a 9,639-seat multi-purpose arena in Tallahassee, Florida.[2] It was built in 2009 and it is home to the Florida A&M University basketball team. The arena replaced Jake Gaither Gymnasium, which is a 3,365-seat multi-purpose arena. The Alfred Lawson, Jr. Multipurpose Center is the second biggest arena in Tallahassee, Florida right behind the 12,500 seat arena, the Donald L. Tucker Center.[3] The official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was April 8, 2009.[4]

Florida state senator Al Lawson was instrumental in getting the funding for this center and other buildings on the campus of Florida A&M University. Lawson is a well known alumnus and had the privilege of having his family there to see him accept the honor of the building being named for him.[5]

Other uses[edit]

Planned uses include Wrestling, Concerts, Plays, Comedy, Entertainment and other performances. The Alfred Lawson, Jr. Multipurpose Center is the 3rd largest arena in the Florida Panhandle.[citation needed], and is often used as an alternative to the much larger and older Donald L. Tucker Center. Lawson Center was the Tallahassee stop of actress/singer/native Floridian Ariana Grande's Honeymoon Tour in 2015.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  2. ^ "FAMU's New Gym, New era in FAMU Basketball". 
  3. ^ http://www.tuckerciviccenter.com/arena-information/about-us.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Ribbon Cutting Ceremony". Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. 
  5. ^ "FAMU Holds Renaming Ceremonies for Campus Buildings and Road". WCTV CBS Tallahassee. 

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