Arena

The Orlando Magic opened play in the Orlando Arena in 1989, later renamed the TD Waterhouse Center, before finally settling on the Amway Arena. Many said that the Arena was outdated by the time it was built, as it only had one concourse that needed to house 17,000 fans. By the year 2000, fans were already pushing for a new home stadium. Owners of the team threatened to leave Orlando, unless given a new arena, multiple times during the franchise’s tenure in the arena. The Amway Arena was also the home to the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League, the Orlando Miracle of the WNBA, as well as minor league hockey and soccer teams. Since the city was not willing to use tax payer money on a second arena in a decade, the Magic itself had to put up over $200 million for a new home.

In 2007 a plan for a new arena was approved by the city, meaning the end was near for the Amway Arena. The newly built Amway Center broke ground in 2008, opening on October 1, 2010. The Amway Center is highlighted as one of the most technologically advanced arenas in the NBA, with over 2100 feet of digital ribbon boards. These boards are used for all kinds of things, such as motion graphic displays, out of town scoreboards, and in game stats. The new arena has over 1,000 more seats than the old one, but the biggest improvement came in the addition of multiple suites and club seats.