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Stephen C. O’Connell Center is Home of Florida Gators Basketball
By Florida Gators Football Tickets Staff Writer: R. Murray
Florida Gators O'Connell Center:
The O'Connell Center is also known as the O'Dome and holds 11,548 seat multi-purpose arena which is located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Florida. The facility is named for the sixth president of the university, Stephen C. O'Connell, who served from 1967 to 1973. The facility is located on the northern side of the university's campus, between its football field, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, and its baseball field, McKethan Stadium.
O'Connell Center is the Florida Gators Home Arena:
The O'Connell Center is the home arena of several of the university's Florida Gators intercollegiate sports teams, including the men's and women's college basketball, gymnastics, swimming and diving, indoor track and volleyball teams. ESPN The Magazine nicknamed it the "House of Horrors" in 1999, a name that the sports teams began using promotionally a few years later. The student section of the stadium has been dubbed the "Rowdy Reptiles." ESPN commentator Dick Vitale, on assignment at the Florida-Kentucky game in 2006, said that the Rowdy Reptiles make the O'Dome one of the toughest places to play in college basketball.
Florida Gators O'Connell Center Address and Location:
250 Gale Lemerand Drive
Gainesville, Florida 32611