BankUnited Center

BankUnited Center

History

The BankUnited Center is a multi-purpose facility that can seat more than 8,000 cheering fans whether they are there to see their favorite basketball team take down their fiercest rival or to take in a concert by one of the biggest music artists of the day. This 200,000 square foot facility is an entertainment hot spot located in Coral Gables, Florida, just a few miles south of Miami. The BUC has played host to some of the biggest events and most influential people in the world.

The facility opened in January of 2003, and has been a hub for the most exciting entertainment events in the country. While it is home to the Miami Hurricanes Men's and Women's basketball teams, it is also home to other events including concerts, lectures, family shows and awards shows. There's never a dull moment at this at this facility, and fans can't seem to get enough of the non-stop action.

The BUC not only has room for more than 8,000 spectators to view the most exciting events in the country, but it also includes 25 executive suites, carpeted locker rooms, player lounge areas, training room facilities, dressing rooms and convention space. Each executive suite is fit for a king with 12 permanent seats, three bar stools, television, a kitchen area and refrigerator. And with a focus on customer service, you can bet that this amazing facility will cater to your every whim when you're enjoying an entertainment event.


Events Hosted

While many of the events presented at the BankUnited Center are entertaining and full of action, there's nothing like taking in a intense basketball game. The University of Miami Hurricanes Men's and Women's Basketball teams have both played some cutthroat grudge matches inside the events center. Every year the stakes are even higher, and the teams are eager to see their supporters filling up the stands.

And if basketball isn't your thing, there are plenty of other events to suit your tastes. Since it opened, the BUC has been the site form some of the most amazing sold-out shows and events. They have hosted big-name bands like Green Day, Coldplay, John Mayer and Drake, been the site of the 2004 Presidential Debates and hosted some of the most prestigious and anticipated awards shows like Billboard's Latin Music Awards. The facility has also recently been featured on the hit Fox show the X-Factor. Even His Holiness the Dalai Lama has paid a visit to this modern facility.


Home City

The BankUnited Center is located in the tropical city of Coral Gables, Florida. The city is located just a few miles from Miami and resides in Miami-Dade County. While it is known for its beautiful views and proximity to top tourist locations, it is also known for being the hometown for the University of Miami. The university has become a major draw for younger professionals, and the booming economy shows the effects of this shift.

This city's economy is also home to several other big businesses including the headquarters for the Bacardi company, the headquarters for Fresh Del Monte Produce and ExxonMobil marine fuels operations. Because of its thriving economy and tourist-friendly attitude, the city has become one of the hottest vacation spots in the country. It contains more than 140 dining restaurants and food vendors and some of the biggest names in retail.


Seating Layout

The BUC has the capacity to entertain more than 8,000 guests at the same time. There are several seating options for those who come to watch a college basketball matchup, a live concert or an influential spiritual leader give a motivational speech, and every seat in the house is a good one. The seating configuration changes with the type of event. Seating for basketball games is configured into two sections—an upper deck and a lower deck—with the court in the center of the arena. Seating for a concert is set up with the stage to the far left of the arena, blocking off several sections of seating. The rest of the arena is divided into three sections—upper, lower and floor seating.


Trivia

The BankUnited Center is not only in the center of the action, but it is also one of the most convenient entertainment centers in the country. It is located directly across the street from the University Metrorail Station, which will help you get to and from the big game with ease. The Metrorail is an 11-mile elevated rapid transit system that runs from Kendall all the way through South Miami, into Coral Gables and eventually into downtown Miami.

The mass transit vehicle is always ready to take you to and from your destination, and is a true asset to the BUC. It is reasonably priced, takes credit cards and cash and is available to people with disabilities, local students and those on Medicare for a fraction of the cost.

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