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ABOUT THE AMWAY CENTER
The Orlando Magic developed the Amway Center, which competes to host major national events, concerts and family shows. The facility opened in the fall of 2010, and is operated by the City of Orlando and owned by the Central Florida community. The Amway Center was designed to reflect the character of the community, meet the goals of the users and build on the legacy of sports and entertainment in Orlando. The building’s exterior features a modern blend of glass and metal materials, along with ever-changing graphics via a monumental wall along one façade. A 180-foot tall tower serves as a beacon amid the downtown skyline.
At 875,000 square feet, the new arena is almost triple the size of the old Amway Arena (367,000 square feet). The building features a sustainable, environmentally-friendly design, unmatched technology, featuring 1,100 digital monitors and the tallest, high-definition videoboard in an NBA venue, and multiple premium amenities available to all patrons in the building.
Every level of ticket buyer will have access to a number of premium amenities, including the:
The Magic were major financial participants in the public-private partnership - contributing $50 million toward construction of the Amway Center, $10 million toward the arts center, and $25 million toward construction of five community recreation centers. The Magic’s other contributions toward operations, fundraising and financing push the team’s total participation in the downtown venue projects to more than $150 million.
In a historic move, the Magic agreed that Amway Center would be designed and constructed to meet the certification criteria for an environmentally “green” building development standard.
Populous, formerly HOK Sport, was selected as designer of the Amway Center. Hunt Construction group was selected as the construction manager. The official groundbreaking celebration was held July 25, 2008. The events center was named the Amway Center on August 5, 2008 and the building opened to the public for the first time on October 1, 2010.
Inside the arena, patrons find modern amenities in a comfortable setting – perfect for hosting family events as well as basketball games. Concourses are spacious, offering unique concessions and activities for kids and adults alike. The Budweiser Baseline Bar on the main Terrace concourse overlooks the event floor, and children can enjoy spending time in the kid-oriented STUFF’s Magic Castle presented by Club Wyndham and retail opportunities on the upper Promenade concourse.
“From the inside out, beginning to end we were committed to developing a world class venue that would bring a myriad of events that would appeal to the diverse taste of Central Florida residents,” said Mayor Buddy Dyer. “Whether it’s a child experiencing his or her first basketball game or two friends singing along at a concert, these are the shared experiences and memories that will be created at the Amway Center.”
The Magic’s old home, Amway Arena, housed 17,500 seats in just 367,000 square feet of space. The new arena features 875,000 square feet of space – more room to incorporate more modern day amenities found in most professional arenas of the day – and seating which can expand to more than 20,000 seats to accommodate major national events.
The new $380 million facility features eight
levels, five public concourses, 37 restrooms, 55 concession points of
sale, 60 suites, 68 loge boxes, 1,400 club seats. The Amway Center
features up to 17 hospitality spaces for rental on a per event basis.