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UM’s Convocation Center is Now the Watsco Center

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    Now known as the Watsco Center, the venue has hosted many event,s including UM’s Convocatio

    Now known as the Watsco Center, the 8,000-seat venue has hosted many high-profile events, including the Billboard Latin Music Awards.

    In what Director of Athletics Blake James called “an exciting new chapter for the University of Miami,” the University has announced a new name for its multi-purpose entertainment facility: the Watsco Center.

    “Watsco has supported us in many ways through the years and we are thrilled to solidify their commitment over the long-term given their care and passion for the University of Miami,” James said.

    Watsco, Inc., based in Miami, is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and is the largest distributor of air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration products with annual sales of more than $4 billion, 5,000 employees, and 563 locations throughout North America. Watsco has provided funding to the University since the 1990s through its “Watsco’s Kids” program, providing children in the community free access to performance arts, sports, and other events at the University.

    Albert Nahmad, Watsco’s chairman and chief executive officer, said, “Continued support of the University’s leadership, faculty, and students as well as our community has been our goal over the past several years. The University provides tremendous value to our community and we are proud to be a supporter. One more thing: GO CANES!

    The Watsco Center, located in the heart of the Coral Gables campus and formerly known as the BankUnited Center, is the largest multi-purpose entertainment facility of its kind south of downtown Miami, with more than 200,000 square feet, 8,000 seats and 25 executive suites. The venue has played host to numerous nationally televised University of Miami men’s and women’s college basketball games, world-class musicians and performers, community events, and several presidential debates, forums, and rallies.


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