Facilities

Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium

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US Century Bank Arena

Since the opening of US Century Arena on February 1, 1986, opponents have quickly discovered that winning basketball games in South Florida is no easy task. It began early in 1986, while FIU was still a Division II program.

The arena was named the U.S. Century Bank Arena in 2008.

A full array of activities has taken place in this 94,000 square-foot multi-purpose facility. Sporting events, concerts, banquets, trade shows, graduations, convocation ceremonies and other University and community events have all been accommodated.

In the Spring of 2011, construction on  the east side of the Panther's home began. An 11,000 sqaure-foot addition is slated to be completed by Decmeber of 2011 and will feature added concessions, box offices, restrooms, meeting rooms and merchandising areas. Two large gameday suites will also be completed. Each will be about 1,000 square feet in size.

The main court is a Cincinnati Robbins perma-cushion maple wood basketball floor, made up of some 19,000 square feet of wood. Four retractable basketball backboards allow for the floor to be divided into two practice courts, while Spalding portable basketball standards are used for intercollegiate competition. The Arena has an overall seating capacity of 5,000.

The facility added a brand-new score board and video board in the Spring of 2011. At 24 feet by 16 feet, the state-of-the-art Daktronics scoreboard features a 14 feet by 9 feet video board which will play highlights, advertisements and be a major part of the gameday experience at U.S. Century Bank Arena.

Support areas include an equipment room, training room and eight  different, full-service dressing rooms. Academic space in the building includes three classrooms, and physiology, computer and kinesiology laboratories.

In the summer of 2010, construction on the facilities athletic lockerrooms took place. The crown jewel of that project was the completion of the men's and women's basketball lockerrooms. Each NBA-quality lockerroom is 2,000 square feet and feature a team meeting room and separate coaches lockerrooms.

The U.S. Century Bank Arena also houses offices and board rooms for FIU athletic administrators and a state-of-the-art, 4,500 square-foot athletic training center that opened in the fall of 2006.

The facility features a hydrotherapy room, which includes custom-built, underground hot and cold plunge pools and a therapy pool with an underwater treadmill, a doctor's examination room, functional training area, rehabilitation area with 12 treatment tables and an audio-visual system that includes high definition and flat screen televisions for comfort and convenience.

U.S. Century Bank is one of the fastest-growing and best-capitalized community banks in the state of Florida. Locally-owned and headquartered in Miami,  the bank specializes in serving the banking needs of South Florida's business and entrepreneurial community with 20 locations throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

FIU Baseball Stadium

FIU plays all its home games at FIU Baseball Stadium on the campus of University Park. The Gus Alfonso Family Locker Room, a fully-equipped training room, spacious dugouts, indoor hitting facilities and full bullpens in the right and left field foul territories creates an ideal setting for student-athletes and coaches. A seating capacity of 2,000 with unmatched sight lines, scoreboard, elevator, concession stands and stadium lighting provide a fan-friendly atmosphere that makes this house a home for the Golden Panthers.

While the stadium has the amenities and necessities essential to a successful baseball program, improving the facility is a constant process. In just the last year, the coaches’ offices, alumni lounge and media area was completed on the third floor of the stadium, creating an area for those who helped build the program.

Head coach Turtle Thomas and his staff have led a charge to further advance the stadium with new carpeting in the locker room and training room, adding pad and decals to the outfield fences, add a state-of-the art video board, expand the batting cages, upgraded the press box and suite area, construct a new weight room and add a family area in right field.

The evolution of FIU Baseball Stadium did not happen overnight. The completion of Phase I of a three-phase project that switched the positioning of the field culminated with a 1-0 win against Bethune-Cookman on Jan. 26, 1996 in front of a standing-room crowd. Fireworks and a first-ball ceremony that featured University President Dr. Modesto Maidique and many other dignitaries were part of the festivities.

Phase II construction, which increased the stadium’s seating capacity by more than 1,000, forced the Golden Panthers to play in Homestead for some time before returning in 2002. More than $3.5 million was raised from student trust funds to complete the first two phases and former head coach Danny Price raised $100,000 to fund the construction of the batting cages.

The expansion enabled FIU to host the 2005 Sun Belt Conference Tournament. Phase III of the project got underway in the spring of 2003 and was completed in 2007 with the finishing of the skybox, alumni lounge and media area.

The field's playing surface is natural grass and the symmetrical field with dimensions of 325 feet down the lines, 375 feet in the power alleys, and 400 feet to straightaway center field.

 

Scheduling

Those interested in scheduling their next function at one of our facilities should contact Cameron Jones, Assistant Facilities and Operations Director. Questions may be directed to Jones at (305) 348-6228.

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