The Watsco Center is a 200,000 square foot, 8,000+ seat multipurpose entertainment facility managed by Pinnacle Venue Services that is located in the heart of beautiful Coral Gables, Florida on the University of Miami Campus. Opening its doors in January 2003, the event represented the first time a mid-size venue had opened south of downtown in Miami-Dade County. Currently, the Watsco Center remains the largest facility of its kind south of Downtown Miami. With its 8000-seat capacity and 25 executive suites, the Center offers an ideal capacity for concerts, conferences, lectures series and banquets.
Since its opening, the Watsco Center has hosted a number of memorable events and sold-out shows, including Green Day, Coldplay, John Mayer, Drake, The Fray, and Barry Manilow, as well as, being the setting for televised events and award shows such as the 2004 Presidential Debates, Unplugged featuring Ricky Martin and Thalia, Premio Lo Nuestro, Premios Juventud, Billboard's Latin Music Awards, and most recently The X Factor. The venue has also welcomed world-renowned figures and politicians, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, former President Bill Clinton, current President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Senator John McCain.
The Watsco Center also plays host to the UM Men's and Women's Division I NCAA basketball teams and is flexible enough to accommodate other sporting events such as cheerleading, volleyball, and karate among others.
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The Watsco Center is an 8,000 seat multipurpose entertainment facility located in Coral Gables, Florida at the University of Miami.
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