The Miami Arena

The Miami Arena

  Administrative  
Address 701 Arena Boulevard
Miami, FL 33136
Phone (305) 530-4400
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  The Facility  
Date Built 1988
Ownership
(Management)
Miami Sports and Entertainment Authority
(Miami Sports and Entertainment Authority)
Cost of Construction $52.5 million
Arena Financing 100% publicly financed.
  Other Facts  
Tenant Miami Hurricanes
(NCAA)
Former Tenants Miami Heat
(NBA) 1988-1999
Florida Panthers
(NHL) 1993-1999
Population Base 3,400,000
On Site Parking 4,500
Nearest Airport 20 Miles
  Seating  
Basketball 16,640
Prices
(Mean)
$60, $50, $45, $32, $22, $15
($36.46) - 1998
Luxury Suites 16 Suites
Club Seats None
  Attendance History  
Season  Total  Capacity Change
1999-00
AAA -
MIA -
707,325
514,484
192,841
86%
 
 
86.7%
 
 
1998-99 378,813 91% -38.4%
1997-98 614,861 90% 1.5%
1996-97 615,160 99% 1.5%
1998-99 378,813 91% -38.4%
1997-98 614,861 90% 1.5%
1995-96 606,091 97% 1.2%
1994-95 598,761 96% -3%
1993-94 617,242 99% 0.4%
1992-93 614,923 99% 0.2%
 
1998-99 - Attendance for 25 games due to NBA lockout.
Sources: Mediaventures

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.

Technical Information

Seating:

  • 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

    Electric Services:

  • 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

    Facilities/Loading:

  • 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

    Facilities/Performers:

  • Six star dressing rooms
  • Two home team locker rooms
  • Two visiting team locker rooms
  • Press work room and lounge

    Facilities/Public:

  • 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

    Lighting:

  • Broadcast-quality sports lighting system
  • Six xenon super troupers
  • Four gladiators
  • Telex intercom connected to light and sounds boards, spotlight positions, and backstage

    Sound:

  • Public-address-type sound clusters located over center of Arena
  • Acoustical wall coverings and upholstered seats

    Additional Information:

  • 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.

  • Miami Heat

    NBA
    NBA
    1949-Present
    American Airlines
    American Airlines Arena
    1999-Present

    Florida Panthers

     
    Miami Arena

    Miami Arena
    1993-1998
     
    NHL

    NHL
    1917-Present
    National Car
    Rental Center

    National Car Rental Center
    1998-Present



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