Amway Center Named Finalist For SBJ/SBD Award

March 19, 2012

ORLANDO –For the second straight year, the Amway Center has been named a finalist in the Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily’s annual Sports Business Awards in the category of “Sports Facility of the Year.” The Sports Business Awards annually recognize excellence and outstanding achievement in the business of sports.

The winners will be announced at a live ceremony on May 23 at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square.

With the nomination the Amway Center joins exclusive company. Overall there are 77 nominees across 15 categories that were selected after extensive research and review by the editorial staffs of the SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily. The awards recognize outstanding achievements in sports business from March 1, 2011, to February 29, 2012.

Joining the Amway Center as a Finalist in Sports Facility of the Year are Livestrong Sporting Park, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

The Orlando Magic served as the developer of the Amway Center.

Opened in the fall of 2010, 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, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-certified environmentally-friendly design and unmatched technology, featuring 1,100 digital monitors, the tallest high-definition video board in an NBA venue and multiple premium amenities available to all patrons in the building.

Every level of ticket buyer has access to: the Budweiser Baseline Bar and food court, Gentleman Jack Terrace, Jernigan's, Nutrilite Magic Fan Experience and Orlando on Demand, STUFF's Magic Castle kid's zone presented by CLUB WYNDHAM® and multiple indoor-outdoor spaces which celebrate Florida’s climate.

SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily’s 2012 Sports Business Awards Nominees:

SPORTS FACILITY OF THE YEAR

Amway Center
Livestrong Sporting Park
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

SPORTS EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

Tim Finchem, PGA Tour
Roger Goodell, NFL
David Hill, Fox Sports
Larry Scott, Pac-12 Conference
Bud Selig, MLB

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Bill Bradshaw, Temple University
Dave Brandon, University of Michigan
Mark Hollis, Michigan State University
Jeff Long, University of Arkansas
Ian McCaw, Baylor University

SPORTS LEAGUE OF THE YEAR

Major League Baseball
National Football League
National Hockey League
Pac-12 Conference
PGA Tour

SPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR

Boston Bruins
Dayton Dragons
Sporting Kansas City
Stewart-Haas Racing
Texas Rangers

SPORTS EVENT OF THE YEAR

2011 Carrier Classic
2011 Humana Challenge
2011 NBA Finals
Super Bowl XLVI
UFC 129

BEST IN SPORTS MEDIA

ESPN
Fox Sports
NBC Sports
National Football League
Turner Sports

BEST IN SPORTS TELEVISION

CBS Sports
ESPN Networks
Fox Sports
NBC Sports
Turner Sports

BEST IN DIGITAL SPORTS MEDIA

Bleacher Report
ESPN Digital Media
MLB Advanced Media
SB Nation
Yahoo! Sports

BEST IN SPORTS TECHNOLOGY

America’s Cup Event Authority / Sportvision Bloomberg Sports Panasonic / Speedway Motorsports Inc.
Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment
ESPN’s WatchESPN
BEST IN CORPORATE CONSULTING, MARKETING AND CLIENT SERVICES

GMR Marketing
IMG
The Marketing Arm
Octagon
Richards Sports + Entertainment Team Epic

BEST IN PROPERTY CONSULTING, SALES AND CLIENT SERVICES

AEG Global Partnerships
Aspire Group
IMG Premier Partnerships
Wasserman Media Group

BEST IN TALENT REPRESENTATION AND MANAGEMENT

Boras Corp.
CAA Sports
Excel Sports Management
IMG
Priority Sports and Entertainment
Wasserman Media Group

BEST IN SPORTS EVENT AND EXPERIENTIAL MARKETING

Intersport
Jack Morton Worldwide
LeadDog Marketing Group
Major League Baseball / Fan Cave Momentum Worldwide Team Epic

SPORTS SPONSOR OF THE YEAR

Allstate
Bridgestone
Kia Motors America
MillerCoors
Procter & Gamble

ABOUT AMWAY CENTER

The Orlando Magic served as the developer of the Amway Center, which hosts major national events, concerts and family shows. Opened in the fall of 2010, the facility is owned and operated by the City of Orlando on behalf of 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 facade. 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 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified building features a sustainable, environmentally-friendly design and unmatched technology, featuring 1,100 digital monitors, the tallest high-definition video board in an NBA venue and multiple premium amenities available to all patrons in the building. For more information about the Amway Center, visit www.amwaycenter.com.