The arena first opening in the fall of 2002 and it is mostly used as an athletic venue, although it is also used for concerts, speaking conventions and road shows. Some of the concerts have included Dierks Bentley and the Beach Boys, and past speakers have been U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, retired General Colin Powell and former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev.
Alico Arena is accessible to its patrons, providing automatic doors, an elevator and plenty of wheelchair seating. The arena is a 120,000 square-foot complex and serves as the centerpiece of Florida Gulf Coast University#25;s NCAA Division I athletics program. It is currently the home to the FGCU volleyball and basketball programs.