Hello all! My name is Breanna Maye, and I'm a student at the University of Florida. I am also employed at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center (the big white dome on campus). Many people don't know what it takes to putting on an event at the Dome, so I decided to set part of my website aside to show you what we, as student employees, do on a day-to-day basis.
The Stephen C. O'Connell Center at the University of Florida was named after the sixth president of the college, Stephen C. O'Connell, and was opened in 1980. The building was first built with an inflatable roof that was kept up by huge fans that boosted the air pressure in the main arena. In 1998, though, the Dome replaced the inflatable roof for a hard top roof.
The Dome holds the main arena where main events take place as well as, an Olympic size swimming pool, dance studio, gymnastics studio, weight room, martial arts room, dressing rooms, locker rooms and practice court.
There are full time administrators who are there Monday-Friday and there are also close to 400 student employees that work that the Dome. Students help set up for events, are the faces people see when coming to events, and put everything away and clean up after events.
The following pages will show you the behind the scenes at the O'Connell Center that most people don't even think about when they come to an event at the arena.