Amway Center Named Finalist in TheStadiumBusiness Awards 2012 “Venue of the Year”

April 13, 2012

ORLANDO – The Amway Center received international recognition, being named a finalist in TheStadiumBusiness Awards “Venue of the Year.” TheStadiumBusiness Awards, in its third year of existence, honors the entire spectrum of achievements from across the global stadium industry. The awards acknowledge venues and events of the year along with individuals from behind the scenes and successful local community projects.

With the nomination, the Amway Center joins exclusive company as thousands of nominations were whittled down to create the shortlist. That list is then judged by an independent panel of industry figures. The winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Evening, held during TheStadiumBusiness Summit at the Museo dell’Automobile in Turin, Italy on May 15.

Joining the Amway Center as a Finalist in 2012 “Venue of the Year” are Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, KS; Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China; Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand; and The American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, UK.

The Amway Center was recently 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” for the second consecutive year. The Sports Business Awards annually recognize excellence and outstanding achievement in the business of sports.

TheStadiumBusiness Awards also named Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins as a finalist for “Executive of the Year.” The Amway Center received additional recognition being named to the shortlist for the “Customer Experience Award.”

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.