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Alico Arena is a 120,000 square-foot complex, which serves as the centerpiece of Florida Gulf Coast University’s NCAA Division I athletics program. Named after Alico Incorporated, whose generous contributions have made Alico Arena one of the premiere Athletic venues in South Florida and provided a home to one of the fastest growing athletic programs in NCAA Division I.
Opened in the Fall 2002, Alico Arena is home to FGCU Basketball and Volleyball programs as well as the main athletic offices. Since opening, FGCU Athletics became the fastest program to transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I in history. Alico Arena has seen the unprecedented success of the Women’s Basketball program, which has captured five (5) Atlantic Sun Championships as well as finishing as the runner up in the 2007 NCAA Division II National Championship in the past six years. During this time the Volleyball program capture three (3) Atlantic Sun Conference Championships. Most recently the Men’s Basketball program finished the 2012-13 season with a program record 24 wins and it’s first ever A-Sun Conference Championship in just the second year of eligibility.
With its oval configuration, the 4,500 seat Arena’s primary function is for FGCU’s Basketball and Volleyball programs for both competition and practice. However, Alico Arena also brings people together for more than just sporting events, the Arena also has the ability to host a wide range of other special events each year, such as concerts, speakers, road shows, tradeshows, corporate events, athletic and recreation camps, University Commencement, High School Graduations, and corporate functions. Over the years, Alico Arena has hosted Dierks Bentley and the Beach Boys concerts, U.S. Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Dick Cheney, former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, retired General Colin Powell, and acclaimed poet and author Maya Angelou.
Alico Arena contains a main gym with four full sized basketball and volleyball courts. In addition to the main gym, the Arena included six suites, a Hospitality Suite, an Auxiliary Gym, the main Athletic offices, a conference room, and 11 locker rooms. Additionally, the Arena is also home to the University’s Campus Rec department complete with their offices and Fitness Center.
Behind the Auxiliary Bleachers on the West side of the Arena sits the Auxiliary Gym. The 8,000 square foot spaces has two drop down hoops with a full sized basketball and volleyball court. This gym is used as the primary area for intramural basketball for Campus Recreation. In addition to intramurals, this open gymnasium has the functionality to host a variety of special events bringing people together for sporting entertainment, academic, philanthropies, and business activities.
The court is overlooked by the Alico Arena Hospitality on the North side of the facility. This multipurpose space not only serves as a main hub for invited guests and groups on game day, but the room is also used to host several events from guest speakers to large meetings to special luncheons. The room is set up with two drop down projection screens and two flat panels TVs, complete with surround sound, all the technology ties into the Arena’s and University’s technology system and has endless capabilities.
On the east side, six skybox VIP Suites overlook the court. These private suites are complete with cable television, serving counters, refrigerators, and fixed seating. The suites are highlighted by the President’s Suite, which serves as an area on Game days where invited guests can mingle with the University’s President, a huge supporter of FGCU Athletics.
Aside from the activity areas, the Arena houses locker rooms for the Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, visiting teams, and officials. Furthermore, the Arena is home to an equipment room, athletic training facilities, the main athletic offices, and a conference room.
Renovations to the Arena have been minimal in the past decade. The most recent change has been the refinishing of the main floor to reflect new logos and update the colors on the floor. However, there are current plans to renovate the existing space to expand the space in the locker rooms, as well as building an extension on the east side of the Arena to expand the Athletic Office space and Athletic Training rooms. Furthermore, Athletics’ plans to add a new four panel center hung video board, led video scorer’s tables, led video vomitory signs, and NBA shot clocks.
Arena Quick Facts:
Opened: December 2, 2002
Cost: $16 million
Capacity: 4,633 (includes 300 standing-room-only)