Teaching Gym (Florida A&M)

Florida A&M University's Teaching Gymnasium officially named the Alfred Lawson, Jr. Multipurpose Center is a 9,639-seat multi-purpose arena in Tallahassee, Florida.[2] It was built in 2009 and it is home to the Florida A&M University men's and women's basketball teams and women's volleyball team. The arena replaced Jake Gaither Gymnasium, which is a 3,365-seat multi-purpose arena. The Alfred Lawson, Jr. Multipurpose Center is the second biggest arena in Tallahassee right behind the 12,500 seat arena, the Donald L. Tucker Center.[3] The official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was April 8, 2009.[4]

Alfred Lawson, Jr. Multipurpose Center
"Lawson Center"
FAMU Lawson Multipurpose Center.jpg
Location1800 Wahnish Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32310
Coordinates30°25′28″N 84°17′26″W / 30.424318°N 84.290473°W / 30.424318; -84.290473Coordinates: 30°25′28″N 84°17′26″W / 30.424318°N 84.290473°W / 30.424318; -84.290473
OwnerFlorida A&M University
OperatorFlorida A&M University
8,470 (basketball)
Broke groundJuly 27, 2007
OpenedApril 4, 2009 (basketball)
Construction cost$40 Million
($47.7 million in 2019 dollars[1])
ArchitectWilliams-Russell & Johnson, Inc
Akin & Associates Architects, Inc.
Project managerTurner Construction
General contractorF.L. Crane & Sons
Florida A&M Rattlers athletics

Florida state senator Al Lawson was instrumental in getting the funding for this center and other buildings on the campus of Florida A&M University. Lawson is a well known alumnus and had the privilege of having his family there to see him accept the honor of the building being named for him.[5]

Other usesEdit

Planned uses include Wrestling, Concerts, Plays, Comedy, Entertainment and other performances. The Alfred Lawson, Jr. Multipurpose Center is the 3rd largest arena in the Florida Panhandle.[citation needed], and is often used as an alternative to the much larger and older Donald L. Tucker Center. Lawson Center was the Tallahassee stop of actress/singer/native Floridian Ariana Grande's Honeymoon Tour in 2015.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  2. ^ "FAMU's New Gym, New era in FAMU Basketball".[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ http://www.tuckerciviccenter.com/arena-information/about-us. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Ribbon Cutting Ceremony". Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University.
  5. ^ "FAMU Holds Renaming Ceremonies for Campus Buildings and Road". WCTV CBS Tallahassee.

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