Donald L. Tucker Civic Center

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The Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, is a multi-purpose indoor arena located on the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee, Florida. The arena has the biggest capacity of any arena in the Florida Panhandle. The arena opened in 1981 and was built at a cost of over $30 million, financed by the city. In 2013, the venue was purchased by the Florida State University Board of Trustees.[2] The facility is located on the southeastern side of the university's campus, between the FSU College of Law and the future home of the FSU College of Business.

Donald L. Tucker Civic Center
The Tuck
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Exterior view of venue (2019)
Full nameDonald L. Tucker Civic Center at Florida State University
Former namesTallahassee-Leon County Civic Center (1981–2011)
Address505 West Pensacola Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32301-1619
LocationCapitol Hill
Coordinates30°26′16″N 84°17′12″W / 30.437842°N 84.286690°W / 30.437842; -84.286690Coordinates: 30°26′16″N 84°17′12″W / 30.437842°N 84.286690°W / 30.437842; -84.286690
OwnerFSU Board of Trustees
OperatorSpectra by Comcast Spectacor
Executive suites32
Capacity10,000 (1981–1988)
11,675 (1988–present)
Concerts: 6,000–13,500
Hockey: 9,450
Record attendance12,358 (Florida State vs Duke)
Broke ground1978
OpenedSeptember 14, 1981 (1981-09-14)
Renovated1998–99, 2014–16
Construction cost$33.8 million
($132 million in 2019 dollars[1])
ArchitectBarrett, Daffin and Carlan, Inc.
Florida State Seminoles (Men) (Women) (NCAA) (1981–present)
Tallahassee Tiger Sharks (ECHL) (1994—2001)
Tallahassee Scorpions (EISL) (1997–98)
Tallahassee Thunder (af2) (2000–02)
Tallahassee Titans (AIFA) (2007)
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The arena is also located on the "Madison Mile", an economic development that connects the venue and Doak Campbell Stadium.

About the arenaEdit

The arena is home to the Florida State Seminoles men's basketball and Florida State Seminoles women's basketball teams. Covering 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2), this versatile Arena can accommodate 1,000 people for banquets and receptions for up to 2,000. The arena has upholstered seats for sporting events, concerts, touring Broadway productions and family shows. The arena can increase the capacity with risers. Risers are usually added on to the side of the arena wall blending in perfectly with the permanent seats. Risers are usually only given out to the events of wrestling, basketball and sometimes, concerts. The arena can be configured in a variety of seating arrangements for each type of event.

As a concert venue, the arena can seat between 2,372 and 12,041. As a convention center, it can accommodate 18,900 square feet (1760 m²) in the main arena plus 35,000 square feet (3300 m²) at the adjoining exhibit hall, in addition to 16,000 square feet (1500 m²) of space at the meeting rooms. Concerts, sporting events, trade shows, Broadway shows, conventions, ice shows, circuses, and other events are held here annually.

The Centre Theater is a 6,000-seat theater configuration used for small concerts, preaching and other theater type events. The theater provides not only a traditional counterweight system for shows accustomed to a conventional theatre venue, but also a perfect setting for musical artists that prefer a more intimate performance space. It is equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system capable of providing reinforcement for upper level and club seat fill, as well as motorized clusters that may be utilized for additional support. The Centre Theater has been proud to host the Tallahassee Broadway Series for the last 11 years and has presented such tours as Les Misérables, Riverdance, Cats, Beauty and the Beast, Chicago, Fosse and Rent. In addition, numerous musical artists have chosen to perform in this configuration.


Prior to the summer of 2014, much of the existing infrastructure and equipment in use had been there since the arena opened in 1981. This included some equipment that was so outdated that it couldn't be replaced. Further deferred maintenance occurred while the arena was owned by Leon County and the City of Tallahassee.

FSU gave the arena a major renovation during the summer of 2014. The arena received new seats, Jumbotrons including new LED ribbon boards, and a new floor, all at the cost of $10 million. Before then, the only renovation occurred in 1998, when the facility's roof was replaced.[3]


Banners hanging at the arena

The arena was named the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in 1977 in honor of Donald L. Tucker, Esq., a former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and Special Ambassador for the United States to the Dominican Republic. Upon opening, the venue was named the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. In 2001, the Florida Senate proposed reverting the civic center to its original name; however, this provision was vetoed.[4] The center reverted to its original name in January 2012.[5] The venue was owned by the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center Authority until 2012.[6]

The Civic Center has been the home to many sports teams. It has had WCW Thunder, WWF SmackDown! and WWE Live Events, including men's and women's basketball tournaments. It is also home to the Florida State Seminoles men's and women's basketball teams. Before they moved, it was also host to the Tallahassee Tiger Sharks ice hockey team of the ECHL. Other professional teams that called the center home included the Tallahassee Thunder of AF2 and the Tallahassee Scorpions soccer team of the EISL. In 2007 it was home to the Tallahassee Titans of the American Indoor Football Association. The team then left the AIFL for the World Indoor Football League but then folded after the owner failed to acquire enough capital to finance the team.[citation needed] The WIFL then folded as other members jumped to other leagues. The Tallahassee Tigers were a planned ABA team that could not find a home in the arena due to the Seminoles' basketball season conflicting with the Tigers' schedule. As a result, the team never made their anticipated 2007 debut in the ABA.

Notable showsEdit

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  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  2. ^ "FSU trustee board unanimously approves taking over Civic Center". Orlando Sentinel.
  3. ^ Lattimer, Powell (June 3, 2014). "Big plans, few details for Civic Center Renovation". (Rivals). Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  4. ^ Hull, Victor (May 5, 2001). "House Overrides Pet Peeve Provisions in Bill". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Sarasota, Florida: Halifax Media Group. p. 16A. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  5. ^ "Tech Visits No 21 FSU". WCTV. Gray Television. January 31, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  6. ^ Harvey, Coley (June 8, 2012). "FSU Trustee Board Unanimously Approves Taking Over Civic Center". Orlando Sentinel. Tribune Company. Retrieved November 5, 2013.

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