The University of Miami has embarked on a project that will forever change our campus and the surrounding Miami community. Through the assistance of generous commitments from Ryder System, Inc. and the Dauer Family, the University of Miami finally has its own on-campus multipurpose BankUnited Center.
The BankUnited Center, which opened on January 4, 2003, serves as the centerpiece of the campus and unites all aspects of the University of Miami and South Florida communities. The 7,000-seat center hosts gatherings ranging from academics to campus and community events.
The BankUnited Center opened on January 4, 2003 when the Hurricanes beat the UNC Tar Heels, 64-61, in OT.
"The on-campus [BankUnited] Center will not only enhance Hurricane Basketball but it benefits the entire community. We are extremely grateful to the corporate leaders and individual donors who have made the [BankUnited] Center a reality." - Paul Dee, Former Director of Athletics, University of Miami
The cost of the facility is $48 million. The University was able to construct the BankUnited Center on lead gifts from Ryder System, Inc. and the Dauer Family and is asking for the remaining support from friends and supporters. As a private institution, no state or local tax funds were involved in the construction of this facility.
This project is one of the most important in the history of our great University and the commitment of our most loyal and ardent supporters is needed. A leadership donation to the BankUnited Center will be a commitment to the University and our community for generations to come.
For more information on how you can contribute to the BankUnited Center Campaign, please call the Athletic Development Office at (305) 284-6699.