The Amway Center is Orlando’s newly-minted sporting and events arena. Opened in late 2010 with a seating capacity in the neighborhood of 20,000, the Amway Center is the home for all the region’s major sporting events, from its primary capacity as home of the Orlando Magic to arena football, women’s basketball, ECHL hockey games, indoor soccer, and more. Between games, the Amway Center is host to a wide variety of other live performances, from concerts to circuses to rodeos and motorsports and everything in between.
Designed with cutting edge architecture, including a towering, iconic 180 foot spire, the building itself is both beautiful and environmentally friendly (it’s the first such arena to be LEED certified). Built with sustainable materials and with an eye towards energy and water efficiency, as well as towards maintaining the highest air quality throughout the arena, the Amway Center is progressive and advanced in ways you can’t necessarily see. That said, there is plenty to see – on the outside, the Amway Center is nothing if not eye catching, with towering glass windows that peek through to the inside, and whole sections of the building that light up with color changing images that seem to ripple across the surface. Maybe the most stunning aspect, though, has little to do with the building itself, and everything to do with the 180 degree panoramic sunset views from the rooftop lounge.
Inside, the Amway Center is one of the most technologically advanced venues in the world, with over 1,100 digital monitors, including the largest high definition scoreboard in the NBA – a 40 ton behemoth with a full 18 displays – and a ribbon style monitor that encircles the entire stadium. The seating is designed for maximum visibility from all areas of the arena, and there’s no lack of specialty seating options available, from cushy box seats to several gorgeous lounges that allow special ticketholders a more private view of all the arena’s events, plus dinner and a drink.
Even if you don’t plan to catch a basketball game or a concert while you’re in the Orlando area, it’s still worth stopping by the Amway Center. The building is designed to be supremely fan-friendly, and many of their bars and lounges are open to the public before and after events. The view from the rooftop One80 Grey Goose Lounge alone is worth the trip, and they’re open to the public nightly from 10pm-2:30 am. So if you’re in the Orlando area, check the Amway Center’s schedule for a favorite sport, musician, or other performances you might not otherwise think to see – if you love a good live show, or just appreciate modern architecture and a nice view, the Amway Center is a real must-see.
Vary depending on their daily events. To plan your trip, check out their Event Calendar.
Varies depending on the event. See their Ticketing Center for seating charts and information about specialty seating.
(hint: Though there are many fan friendly Restaurants and Bars at the Amway Center, some of them are exclusive to special ticketholders, so if you’re interested in perusing them, double check their individual entrance requirements and the hours beforehand)
How Much Time To Spend There:
Whether you’re going to see a show or event or not, I’d spend at least a little time wandering the building, scoping out their restaurants and the more than 340 works of fine art scattered throughout the arena.
For more information about the arena, ticketing, or upcoming events, visit amwaycenter.com