The Miami Arena
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The facility has hosted over 12 million patrons since its opening in 1986. It is home to the University of Miami Men's Basketball team as well as two professional franchises: the NBA Miami Heat and NHL Florida Panthers. The facility hosted the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996 and has served as host to numerous sporting events and record breaking concerts.
Seats: 16,640 ( 14,680 permanent, 1,960 portable) 16,553 Upholstered theater-style seats Seating Configurations:
- Concerts: 16,640
- Ice Events: 15,000
- Basketball: 15,600
- Boxing: 16,800
- Theater 6,500
Luxury Suites: 18 with private restrooms and food service
Dimensions and Floor Size:
Arena Floor: 200 x 85 feet, concrete 17,000 square-foot playing surface Ceiling: 88 feet, 81 feet from floor to rigging grid Floor Load: Six inch concrete floor with 200 pounds/sq.ft. load capacity, anchor inserts available Meeting Rooms: 2 with 50-200 capacity
Two five-wire 800 amp-per-leg 30 120/208V fused disconnect Two five-wire 200-amp-per-leg 30 120/208V fused disconnect One five-wire 200 amp-per-leg 30 120/208V fused disconnect shore power
One 5,000-pound capacity fork lift with 16-foot rise Entrance 20 feet wide by 14 feet high located at southeast corner of arena on Miami Avenue Five loading docks Complete mechanical carpentry shop
Six star dressing rooms Two home team locker rooms Two visiting team locker rooms Press work room and lounge
12 fully equipped permanent concession stands 16 fully equipped portable concession stands 12 easily accessible restrooms Two high-speed shuttle elevators Marble tile concourse flooring On-site infirmary
Broadcast-quality sports lighting system Six xenon super troupers Four gladiators Telex intercom connected to light and sounds boards, spotlight positions, and backstage
Public-address-type sound clusters located over center of Arena Acoustical wall coverings and upholstered seats
Population in primary market area: 3.4 million Food & Drink Concessionaire: ARAMARK Ticketing Rights: Ticketmaster Off-Site Ticket outlets: 150
Directions to the Miami Arena
(from Miami International Airport) Take 836 East to Biscayne Blvd. exit. Turn right at the light and proceed down Biscayne Blvd. to NW 8th Street. Turn right on NW 8th Street and proceed three blocks. The arena will be on the left.
JUDGE ORDERS SPORTS AUTHORITY TO PAY $12 MILLION TO MIAMI ARENA
September 23, 1999
Copyright 1999 MediaVentures
A Florida state judge has ruled that the Miami Sports and Exhibition Authority breached its management contract with Decoma Miami Associates and ordered the authority to pay the company $12 million.
The ruling comes after the Authority gave $13 million in tourist tax money in 1997 to the city to help ease the $68 million deficit. Decoma says the money should have been used for arena maintenance and the judge agreed. The venue opened in 1988 at a cost of $53 million and recently lost its major tenants, the Miami Heat and the Florida Panthers to new arenas.