About the Venues
The City of Orlando owns and operates multiple arts and cultural facilities designed to enrich the lives of Central Florida residents and visitors. Collectively managed by the Orlando Venues Department, these unique communal gathering places include the Amway Center, Orlando Citrus Bowl, Tinker Field, Harry P. Leu Gardens and the Mennello Museum of American Art. Whether it’s concerts, family shows, sporting events, art viewing or nature appreciation, Orlando Venues caters to the interests of diverse audiences year-round.
Since opening in October 2010, the Amway Center has redefined the entertainment experience for fans and entertainers alike. This state-of-the-art arena is home to the NBA’s Orlando Magic, ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears and the AFL’s Orlando Predators while also playing host to the biggest names in music. It was SportsBusiness Journal’s 2012 Sports Facility of the Year and received the 2013 Customer Experience Award from the StadiumBusiness Awards (UK).
The stadium, originally built in 1936, is home to Orlando City Soccer Club (MLS), Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, the Russell Athletic Bowl, the Florida Blue Florida Classic, the AutoNation Cure Bowl presented by Florida Hospital and Monster Jam. The stadium underwent a massive $207.7 million reconstruction in 2014 which completely modernized the facility with 90% all-new construction.
Tinker Field, located to the immediate west of the Orlando Citrus Bowl, is a national historic landmark. The former ballpark is Central Florida’s premier destination for outdoor festivals.
Harry P. Leu Gardens is a 50-acre outdoor “living museum” dedicated to the scientific study and aesthetic display of plants and features more than 8,000 species ranging from camellias to cacti. The botanical gardens offer classes and workshops throughout the year.
The Mennello Museum features an exceptional permanent collection of paintings by folk artist Earl Cunningham while also offering special exhibitions, publications and programs that celebrate other outstanding traditional and contemporary American artists.
The City of Orlando Public Art Program features a collection of more than 900 pieces ranging from paintings and sculptures to tapestries and mixed media – all of which are on display within City Hall, public buildings and throughout the City’s parks and community centers.
BLUEPRINT is a comprehensive approach to leveraging the community venues projects to create local jobs and local business growth. This process also engages a diverse cross-section of the region to address the role economic development and social programs play in the Community Venues.
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