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||This venue opened its doors in 1982, and is an entertainment and convention complex situated in Downtown Miami, Fla. It lies within the Miami Central Business District. It gets its name for a famous newspaper publisher by the name of James L. Knight.|
About the Knight International Center
The James L. Knight Center is host to various entertainment, business and political events. It has a contemporary style that makes it appealing for many events. It annually hosts the graduation ceremonies of Miami Dade College, and has had the honor of hosting the Miss Universe pageants of 1984 and 1985.
This complex was originally built as an exhibition hall to service the downtown Miami area. The intention was to attract trade shows, conventions and business conferences. Prior to its availability, conventions were held in the Miami Beach Convention Center. The business atmosphere at Miami Beach, however, began to decline. The city officials grabbed this opportunity to claim back the market and develop their blossoming and vibrant downtown business district.
The complex was opened on October 2nd of 1982 to the general public, along with their Hyatt Regency Hotel. It was indeed a promising venture for the current city government, however it proved in the end to be quite costly. It soon began to accumulate debt and the city struggled for a solution. They increased taxes to help handle their annual operating costs. Then in 1983 their FIU Sunblazers basketball teams (men and women) played in the UM Auditorium up until the Sunblazer Arena was completed in 1986. Soon afterwards a newly formed mens basketball team called the Miami Hurricanes moved to the auditorium and breathed life back into it.
No other South Florida facility is able to provide more flexible and functional accommodations and space under the same roof than the multi-purpose James L. Knight Center. It seats up to 4,569 into a plush and comfortable wedge-shaped configuration that offers unobstructed, intimate sight lanes, a staging area of 16,000 square feet, and superior acoustical dynamics.
Places to see nearby include Gusman Center for Performing Arts, Courtyard Miami Downtown, Hyatt Regency Miami, Leamington Hotel, Movies by The Bay, Tobacco Road, Royalton Hotel, Dupont Plaza Hotel, and the InterContinental Hotel. There are also many places to eat near the Center like the Esplandae Restaurant-Tapas, Area 31, Zuma, db Bistro Moderne,