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Miami Arena

The Miami Arena was an indoor arena in Miami, Florida.

Completed in 1988, at a cost of $52.5 million, its opening took business away from the Hollywood Sportatorium and eventually led to its demise. The arena was the home of the Miami Heat from 1988–1999, the Florida Panthers from 1993–1998, the University of Miami basketball teams from 1988–2003, the Miami Hooters of the Arena Football League from 1993–1995, the Miami Matadors of the ECHL in 1998, the Miami Manatees of the WHA2 in 2003, and the Miami Morays indoor football team since 2005. The first match played by the Heat in their first home was lost against the Los Angeles Clippers 111-91 on November 5, 1988, the first victory came a month and a half later against the Utah Jazz to 101-80.

It also hosted the 1990 NBA All-Star Game, the 1991 WWF Royal Rumble, the 1994 NCAA Men’s Basketball East Regional Final and the NHL’s 1996 Stanley Cup Finals. The 2001 Christmas Eve episode of WWF Monday Night Raw featuring The Rock was also held here.