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Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center


Introducing the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center

Exactech and the University of Florida (UF) are proud to recognize and expand their long-standing partnership through naming of the Exactech Arena at UF’s Stephen C. O’Connell Center, an iconic sports and entertainment complex on UF’s campus. Its arena is home to championship athletic teams including Florida Gators basketball, gymnastics and volleyball. The venue also hosts many other sporting, entertainment, academic and business activities.

The naming rights sponsorship reflects the deeply rooted relationship between two Gainesville, Fla.-based organizations with shared goals of education, innovation and health care. This sponsorship was instrumental in helping UF complete the ambitious $64.5 million renovation of the facility which was completed in December 2016.

Exactech and UF

Committed to Education, Innovation and Healthcare

UF and Exactech: A long-standing partnership

Exactech and UF have collaborated for decades, supporting mutual interests

Advancements in Orthopaedics

  • UF surgeons and faculty collaborate with Exactech to develop the latest advancements in total joint replacement surgery and to conduct clinical research.
  • Orthopaedic surgeons from around the world observe UF surgeons and gain hands-on experience in UF’s surgical skills lab.
  • Exactech sponsors seminars for UF College of Medicine orthopaedic surgery residents and fellows.
  • The Gary J. Miller, PhD, Biomechanics Laboratory, which serves students and research at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
  • The William Petty, MD, Endowment in Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation to grow and expand educational research activities in the College of Medicine.

Partners in Education

  • Exactech coordinates internships, tours, course support and class projects for UF undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Tuition reimbursement helps Exactech employees earn degrees from UF.
  • Careers for a substantial number of UF graduates.

The Exactech Arena

The sponsorship provides Exactech presence at the arena, use of UF facilities and television coverage and commercial spots on Fox Sports Sun and Fox Sports Florida during arena events. Exactech plans to use the visibility to promote healthy lifestyles and encourage mobility for people of all ages.

Take a peek inside the Exactech Arena. Click on images below.

A Passion for Patient Care

Exactech works with surgeons to solve the remaining challenges of joint replacement surgery and also to educate patients about arthritis and treatment options, beginning with healthy lifestyles.

Arthritis is the number one cause of joint problems and disability.

Approximately 50 million people in the U.S. are affected with this disease.
One million new patients develop arthritis each year.

About Exactech

Exactech was founded in 1985 by orthopaedic surgeon Bill Petty, MD, his wife Betty, and biomedical engineer Gary Miller, PhD. While faculty and research colleagues at the UF College of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Petty and Miller collaborated with several orthopaedic device companies and thought they saw some things the industry could do differently, and better. They wanted to focus their vision on creating products and services that would make a difference in the quality of care provided to patients suffering from joint diseases like arthritis.

With global headquarters in Gainesville, Exactech now has more than 700 employees who design, develop, manufacture and distribute innovative orthopaedic implants and surgical instrumentation that are distributed in more than 35 countries.

Company Fact Sheet

Exactech develops and produces innovative bone and joint restoration products that help surgeons worldwide make patients more mobile.