Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena
The Vet
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Location 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd. Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Broke ground November 27, 2001
Opened November 2003
Owner City of Jacksonville
Operator SMG
Construction cost $130 million
Architect HOK Sport[1]
Former names Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (2003-2019)
Tenants Jacksonville Sharks (AFL) (2010–present)
Jacksonville Giants (ABA) (2010-present)
Jacksonville University Dolphins men's basketball (2003–present)
Jacksonville Barracudas (SPHL) (2003–2007)
Capacity Concerts: 15,000
Basketball: 15,000
Hockey: 14,141
Arena Football: 15,000

The Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena formerly the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena is a 15,000 seat multi-purpose arena in Jacksonville, Florida. It was built in 2003 as part of Mayor John Delaney's Better Jacksonville Plan to replace the outdated Jacksonville Memorial Coliseum.

The arena was designed, using state-of-the-art techniques, to have the acoustical characteristics necessary for concerts; the first artist to hold a concert in the Arena was Elton John, in November 2003.

Since that time, dozens of groups, including country, rap, rock and others have performed at the arena.

The Memorial Arena also serves as a multi-functional entertainment venue.


Currently, the Arena is home to the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League and the Jacksonville Dolphins men's basketball team. The Jacksonville Giants, a member of the American Basketball Association], also play their home games at the Veterans Memorial Arena. It was named host to the 2011 ABA All-Star Game, to take place on February 26, 2011.

The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena was home to the Jacksonville Barracudas ice hockey franchise until the end of the 2006–07 season, when they were relocated to a smaller hockey arena in the area.


It was announced on March 13, 2019 that the arena would be renamed the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena as part of a 15-year naming rights deal.[2]


External linksEdit

This page uses content from Wikipedia. The original article was at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with Ice Hockey Wiki, the text of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License 3.0 (Unported) (CC-BY-SA).

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.