Miami Arena

Miami Arena
Miami Arena
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Location 701 Arena Boulevard, Miami, FL 33136
Coordinates 25°46′51″N 80°11′44″W / 25.78083°N 80.19556°W / 25.78083; -80.19556Coordinates: 25°46′51″N 80°11′44″W / 25.78083°N 80.19556°W / 25.78083; -80.19556
Opened July 1988
Closed 2008
Demolished October 21, 2008
Owner City of Miami (1988–2004)
Glenn Straub (2004–2008)
Construction cost $52.5 million
($97.5 million in 2011 dollars[1])
Architect HOK Sport
Capacity Basketball: 15,200
Ice hockey: 14,703
Miami Heat (NBA) (1988–1999)
Florida Panthers (NHL) (1993–1998)
University of Miami (NCAA) (1988–2003)
Miami Matadors (ECHL) (1998–1999)
Miami Hooters (AFL) (1993–1995)
Miami Arena, view from the northeast, circa 2002.
Miami Arena being demolished, view from the west, taken September 24, 2008. The west wall was the last to fall, October 21, 2008.

The Miami Arena was an indoor arena in Miami, Florida.



Completed in 1988, at a cost of $52.5 million, its opening took business away from the Hollywood Sportatorium and eventually led to its demise. The arena was the home of the Miami Heat from 1988–1999, the Florida Panthers from 1993–1998, the University of Miami basketball teams from 1988–2003, the Miami Hooters of the Arena Football League from 1993–1995, the Miami Matadors of the ECHL in 1998, the Miami Manatees of the WHA2 in 2003, and the Miami Morays indoor football team since 2005. The first match played by the Heat in their first home was lost against the Los Angeles Clippers 111-91 on November 5, 1988, the first victory came a month and a half later against the Utah Jazz to 101-80.

It also hosted the 1990 NBA All-Star Game, the 1991 WWF Royal Rumble, the 1994 NCAA Men's Basketball East Regional Final and the NHL's 1996 Stanley Cup Finals. The 2001 Christmas Eve episode of WWF Monday Night Raw featuring The Rock was also held here.

By the late 1990s, the Miami Arena, like most indoor sports arenas built in the late 1970s and 1980s, began to show its age. Its seating capacity was one of the lowest of any NBA or NHL arena. In addition, sports teams in general began wanting newer, more updated facilities, specifically luxury suites and new concessions. On January 2, 2000, the Heat moved to the American Airlines Arena located three blocks east of Miami Arena on the shore of Biscayne Bay. The Panthers also left Miami Arena to play at what is now the BankAtlantic Center located in Sunrise, Florida right near Florida's largest outlet mall, Sawgrass Mills.

Most of the concerts that were held at Miami Arena are now held at newer venues, including the BankAtlantic Center, American Airlines Arena or the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Since then, the arena became mostly inactive. The arena was sold in a public auction in 2004 to Glenn Straub, an investor from Palm Beach County, Florida, for $24 million less than the $52 million the city of Miami paid for its original construction. Miami Arena was sometimes called the "Pink Elephant", because it was a white elephant with pink colored walls.

The arena was easily accessible via mass transit, with a Metrorail stop at Historic Overtown/Lyric Theater station just across the street (once known as Overtown/Arena station). Miami-Dade city buses also service the arena area downtown.

On August 3, 2008, Straub announced in a television interview that the interior of the arena had been cleared out and that the building would be demolished by the end of the month. On September 21, 2008, the roof of the Miami Arena was imploded. While the exterior walls remained standing after the implosion, demolition continued until the falling of the west wall on October 21, 2008.

Seating capacity

Concerts and events


1. ^ "Miami Arena" Retrieved on 2009-07-21.

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2008. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved December 7, 2010.

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Home of the
Miami Heat

Succeeded by
AmericanAirlines Arena
Preceded by
Home of the
Florida Panthers

Succeeded by
BankAtlantic Center
Preceded by
James L. Knight Center
Home of the
Miami Hurricanes basketball team

Succeeded by
BankUnited Center
Preceded by
Host of the
NBA All-Star Game

Succeeded by
Charlotte Coliseum

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