The FIU arena opened its doors. The then-Sunblazer Arena made its debut on February 1, 1986. Currently named U.S. Century Bank Arena -- the home of FIU Basketball, Volleyball and the Golden Dazzlers -- is about to get an addition with the construction of a new lobby. The front of the arena has been fenced in for construction work. The new lobby is expected to be ready for the start of the 2011 basketball season in November. When the work begins on the lobby, we'll have photo updates on here.
In the FIU archives, we found the program from the first-ever game at the FIU arena and saw some interesting photos to share with you. Let's all hop into Doc Brown's DeLorean and go take a look at some old photos of the arena and the FIU mascot from 25 years ago. You can click on each photo to get a better look.
With the exception of the FIU logo and the U.S. Century Bank logo on the facade of the building, the front of the arena looks pretty much the same today as it did on this first-ever game program.