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Miami arena from front

Miami Arena
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Location 701 Arena Boulevard, Miami, FL 33136
Opened July 1988
Closed 2008
Demolished October 21, 2008
Owner City of Miami (1988–2004)
Glenn Straub (2004-2008)
Construction cost $52.5 million
Architect HOK Sport
Tenants Miami Heat (NBA) (1988–1999)
Florida Panthers (NHL) (1993–1998)
University of Miami (NCAA) (1988–2003)
Miami Matadors (ECHL) (1998–1999)
Miami Hooters (Arena Football League) (1993–1995)
Capacity Basketball: 16,640
Ice hockey: 14,696

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 arena in Miami, Florida that was in existence from 1988 until 2008.


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.

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.

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

  • Basketball: 16,640
  • Ice hockey and arena football: 14,696
  • End-stage concerts: 5,723 and 16,508
  • Half-house concerts: between 6,351 and 9,120
  • Amphitheatre concerts: 6,380
  • Luxury suites: 26

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Preceded by
Home of the
Florida Panthers

1993 – 1998
Succeeded by
BankAtlantic Center