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, Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Orlando Citrus Bowl, Tinker Field, Harry P. Leu Gardens and the Mennello Museum of American Art. Whether it’s concerts, sporting events, ballet performances, art viewing or nature appreciation, Orlando Venues caters to the interests of diverse audiences year-round. In addition, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is currently under construction and the new Downtown MLS stadium is set to begin construction in 2014.
Since its opening in October 2010, the Amway Center has redefined the entertainment experience for fans and entertainers alike. The state-of-the-art arena is home to the NBA’s Orlando Magic, ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears and plays host to the biggest names in music.
The stadium is home to USL Pro Champions Orlando City Soccer, the Capital One Bowl, the Russell Athletic Bowl, the Florida Classic and Monster Jam. The facility is currently undergoing major reconstruction and will be 80% new when it reopens in late 2014.
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.
Orlando Soccer Stadium, the Home of Major League Soccer
The newest addition to Orlando’s venues is an 19,500-seat soccer stadium located in Downtown. Currently in development planning, construction is scheduled to begin in 2014. The facility will be home to Orlando City Soccer, which will become a Major League Soccer expansion team in 2015.
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 will play in the Community Venues.
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