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The Stephen C. O'Connell Center (or 'O Dome') is the home of the University of Florida Basketball teams, Volleyball team, Gymnastics team, Indoor Track team, and Swimming and Diving Teams. The arena opened in 1980 and was built at a cost of $14 million. The 12,000 person arena is named for Stephen C. O'Connell, a former President of the University of Florida, and is situated between Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and Alfred A. McKethan Stadium.

The unique arena can be used for volleyball, basketball and gymnastics on the ground floor of the arena. When the bleachers are retracted on the main level, an indoor track is revealed. The arena also includes a natatorium for the swimming and diving teams located between gates 2 and 3.

The arena can also host concerts. Some of the recent acts to the O'connell Center include Damian Marley, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Kanye West and the Dave Matthews Band.

In 1998, a $10 million renovation replaced the inflatable teflon-coated roof of the O'Connell Center with a hard roof. Also, Two scoreboards were built in 1999, but were replaced during renovations in 2006 that included video boards above each gate. The hardwood floor used for basketball and volleyball games is the same floor on which the UF Men's Basketball team won its first national championship in Atlanta, Georgia in April 2006.

Banners are hung from the rafters of the main arena to commemorate Gator athletic accomplishments in Volleyball, Basketball, Gymnastics, and Indoor Track. Swimming and Diving accomplishments are displayed in the natatorium.