sublayer DECEMBER 1980 O'Connell Center Construction Complete sublayer
DECEMBER 30, 1980 First men’s basketball game at O’Dome sublayersublayer
sublayer January 3, 1981 First women’s basketball game at O’Dome sublayer
sublayer 1981 O’Connell Center pool dubbed “one of the world’s fastest”
by the St. Petersburg Times
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sublayer September 19, 1981 Then-governor Bob Graham leads O’Dome dedication ceremony sublayer
sublayer 1983 Jimmy Buffett plays his third O’Dome show in three years sublayer
sublayer 1984 Cyndi Lauper takes the stage sublayer
sublayer November 24, 1984 First 100-point men’s basketball game at the O’Dome,
defeating Central Florida, 106-55
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sublayer February 1989 Randy Travis becomes the first to sell out the venue sublayer
sublayer 1990 Vanilla Ice and M.C. Hammer play a sold-out show sublayer
sublayer 1998 Gator volleyball makes its third consecutive Final Four appearance sublayer
sublayer 1998 $10 million upgrade replaces original inflatable roof with
an steel structure, adds new lighting, sound and seating
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sublayer 1999 Elton John performs sublayer
sublayer 1999 ESPN Magazine calls the O’Dome
"the scariest place in the country to play."
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sublayer February 2001 12,222 fans attend the women’s basketball game vs. Tennessee,
the largest women’s basketball crowd in the state at any level
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sublayer 2006 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 30th anniversary
concert sells out in 10 minutes.
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sublayer 2006 Men’s basketball national championship sublayer
sublayer 2006 A newly Gatorized Final Four floor is installed,
along with four videoboards
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sublayer January 8, 2007 Football fans gather to watch a live broadcast of the national
championship game where the Gators defeat Ohio State
for a second national championship
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sublayer April 2, 2007 Gators become back-to-back national champions in basketball sublayer
sublayer 2009 ESPN Magazine calls the O’Dome
“the scariest place in the country to play.”
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sublayer 2010 Hosts the NCAA gymnastics championships sublayer
sublayer 2010 Bob Dylan performs sublayer
sublayer February 5, 2011 A record crowd of 12,633 watches the Gator
men’s basketball team defeat Kentucky, 70-68
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sublayer March 31-April 1, 2012 Dance Marathon raised a
record-breaking $866,726.15
for the Children's Miracle Network.
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sublayer September 2012 UF's swimming and diving team hosted
the third annual All-Florida Invitational.
Both the men’s and women’s teams took
first place overall, with 32 total victories.
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1980 – PRESENT DAY

1980 ODome CompletedDec. 1980
O’Connell Center construction complete

Dec. 30, 1980
First men’s basketball game at O’Dome

Dec. 31, 1980
The Harlem Globetrotters make the first of their 18 eventual appearances in the O’Connell Center, becoming the first touring event to appear in the O’Dome after its opening.

Jan. 3, 1981
First women’s basketball game at O’Dome

1981
On tour since the ‘60’s, the Beach Boys take bring their good vibrations to the O’Connell Center

1981
O’Connell Center pool dubbed “one of the world’s fastest” by the St. Petersburg Times

Dedication CeremonySept. 19, 1981
Then-governor Bob Graham leads O’Dome dedication ceremony

1982
Cheaptrick performs

1983
Jimmy Buffett plays his third O’Dome show in three years

1984
Cyndi Lauper takes the stage

Nov. 24, 1984
First 100-point men’s basketball game at the O’Dome, defeating Central Florida 106-55

1986
Comedian and actor, Robin Williams, graced the O’Dome with his “little spark of madness.”

1990
Vanilla Ice and M.C. Hammer play a sold-out show

Women's Volleyball - 3rd Consecutive Final Four

1991
Garth Brooks concert sells out in 19 minutes, the fastest sellout in O’Dome history.

1991
Six years after his first trip to Gainesville, Sting takes the stage in Gainesville once again

1998
Gator volleyball makes its third consecutive Final Four appearance

1998
A $10 million upgrade replaces original inflatable roof with an steel structure, adds new lighting, sound and seating

Tom Petty Sells Out in 30 Minutes

1999
In a completely sold out show, the winner of multiple Grammy Awards performs his “Evening with Elton John” solo concert

1999
ESPN Magazine calls the O’Dome “the scariest place in the country to play.”

1999
In the same year he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Billy Joel takes the stage to a sold out crowd in the O’Connell Center

Feb. 2001
12,222 fans attend the women’s basketball game vs. Tennessee, the largest women’s basketball crowd in the state at any level

2002
John Mayer performs

2004
After announcing her farewell tour almost two years prior, Cher took the stage and performed in front of over 7,000.

2006
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ hold a sellout 30th anniversary concert.

Live broadcast of the national championship win2006
Men’s basketball national championship

2006
A newly Gatorized Final Four floor is installed, along with four videoboards

2006
The Black Eyed Peas perform

Jan. 8, 2007
Football fans gather to watch a live broadcast of the national championship game where the Gators defeat Ohio State for a second national championship

April 2, 2007
Gators become back-to-back national champions in basketball

2007
Lil Wayne takes the stage

2008
Carrie Underwood brought her “Carnival Ride” Tour to the O’Connell Center with up-and-coming country guest Little Big Town

2010
Hosts the NCAA gymnastics championships

2010
Bob Dylan performs

Feb. 5, 2011
A record crowd of 12,633 watches the Gator men’s basketball team defeat Kentucky, 70-68

kidsMarch 31-April 1, 2012
Dance Marathon raised a record-breaking $866,726.15 for the Children’s Miracle Network.

2013
Florida Georgia Line cruised over to the O’Connell Center to play to a very enthusiastic crowd

2013
As part of an anti-smoking effort, OneRepublic plays a sold out show for free to UF students

Jan. 25, 2014
Florida men’s basketball defeats Tennessee, 67-41, to set a new school record with its 25th consecutive home win. The Gators extended their streak to 32, completing its second consecutive season undefeated at the O’Connell Center.

2014
Dance Marathon 2014 event brought in a staggering $1,528,330 after raising $1,169,722 in 2013 and $866,726 in 2012.

2014
Jason Aldean headed back the O’Connell Center to perform a sold-out show in one of the venues he played when he got his start.
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2014
J. Cole takes the stage

2015
Dance Marathon continues breaking records as a Children’s Miracle Network fundraiser, making huge strides each of the past several years. The 2015 event brought in a staggering $2,015,307 after raising $1,528,330 in 2014 and $1,169,722 in 2013.