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What Can You See at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, FL?

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The Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, FL, also known as the O’Dome or the Exactech Arena, is an impressive arena located on the campus of the University of Florida. With more than 10,133 seats, it’s the ideal place for massive events, like concerts, games, and conferences. If you’re visiting us soon and wish to enjoy a fun night out, it’s worth taking a look at their calendar and seeing what they have to offer. So, read on to learn more about this great attraction in the heart of Gainesville, and start planning your trip today!

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Catch a Show at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, FL

History of the Center

The Stephen C. O’Connell Center has been a staple in Gainesville for more than 40 years. The construction of this great arena was completed in 1980, and, by the end of the year, it hosted several sports competitions. It even welcomed famous artists, such as The Beach Boys, Cindy Lauper, and Sting! The arena was dedicated to Stephen C. O’Connell in 1981. In addition to being a brilliant attorney and judge, he was also the sixth president of the university!


Nowadays, the Stephen C. O’Connell dome still hosts a variety of events you can attend during your stay at Sweetwater Branch Inn. If you’re a sports buff, you’ll love catching various games there. If you’d rather have a musical night out with your better half, check out their calendar to see which artists are coming soon! 

Note that parking options vary depending on the kind of event you’re attending. Make sure you check your event’s profile page for detailed directions. The center is also 100% ADA compliant. Elevators and ramps are available if you or a member of your party needs it. If you need further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact the center’s assistance program directly at (352) 392-5500. 

Rest and Reset at Sweetwater Branch Inn

Tea Rose Room BedroomAfter a fabulous evening at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, return to your cozy room at Sweetwater Branch Inn. Our inn is just as beautiful as it is comfortable, and it will make your next Gainesville getaway your most memorable one yet. Our central location gives you direct access to downtown, and we even offer complimentary bike rentals that make getting around easier for you and your party. We offer a wide selection of rooms, all boasting unique and high-end decor. Take a look at our Tea Rose Room, for example. It’s the perfect place to rejuvenate, with its plush, king-size bed and modern bathroom. Sleep like a baby and wake up the next morning to the smell of freshly brewed coffee waiting for you downstairs. Did we mention our mouthwatering breakfast? It’s not only homemade, but it’s also fresh and local! 

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