WORLD CLASS FACILITIES.
With more than 30 of the top wide-ranging sports event facilities in the country, Orlando has become quite the sports destination. Recently the Orlando City Soccer Club kicked off their 2019 season with an impressive line-up, and the Orlando Magic are in playoff contention for the first time since 2012. Orlando teams are earning some serious bragging rights, but our sports facilities themselves are also worth writing home about.
Investing in Infrastructure.
The facility formerly known as Citrus Bowl, Camping World Stadium is the oldest stadium in Orlando and has hosted its share of world-class events such as FIFA World Cup in 1994, WrestleMania XXVI, and coming soon, Monster Jam World Finals. In addition to a the name changes, the stadium has undergone a few facelifts since 1963 as well. The most recent reconstruction was a $207.7 million investment that completed in 2014 and included a full makeover (and they’re not done upgrading yet!).
Take it to the House.
Amway Center, the sport and entertainment hub of Downtown, was completed in 2010 and was the first NBA facility to earn LEED in new construction certification. The facility has a capacity of up to 20,000 patrons and is home to three professional sports teams. Yes, you read that correctly. In addition to the Orlando Magic and Orlando Solar Bears, the Amway Center is once more home to the National Arena League football team, the Orlando Predators.
Bring the Noise!
The newest kid on the block, Orlando City Stadium opened in 2017 and is home to MLS team Orlando City and NWSL team Orlando Pride. If you have not made it to a game, add it to your Orlando bucket list stat. The stadium was designed to create the loudest and most intimidating atmosphere in MLS and includes North America’s only safe-standing supporter section as well as a low slanted roofline to amplify crowd noise. There is a reason the fans in the supporter section are called The Ruckus.
Next up for Downtown, a brand spanking new sports entertainment district right in the heart of the city.