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Orlando Solar Bears unveil logo

The Orlando Solar Bears, slated to join the ECHL in the 2012-2013 season, unveiled their logo last night. The logo, designed by Joe Bosack, features the popular mascot, “Shades,” and consist of the historical teal and purple color scheme. “A focus group made up of youth hockey players and coaches, past Solar Bears season ticket holders and former Solar Bears ... Read More »

Amway Arena to be blowed up real good

Amway Arena, the former home of the Orlando Magic (NBA), won’t be dismantled piece by piece and will instead come down in a bang via demolition. The arena, which opened in 1989, will be blown up in March after work crews remove valuable scrap for reuse. The arena has been closed for several months, with most recyclable items (seating, etc.) ... Read More »

Taking down Amway Arena: Green rules

When the city takes down Amway Arena, the former home of the Orlando Magic (NBA), it will done over a period of several months, with the “disassembly” performed in an environmentally sensitive manner. The arena, made obsolete when Amway Center opened, is slated to be torn down before the end of the year, according to the Orlando Sentinel. But it ... Read More »

NBA lockout could disrupt arena industry

If NBA owners impose a player lockout at the end of the season, it could throw the arena industry into turmoil — but it could also draw some unexpected artists on the road for new arena tours. In Orlando, bookers at Amway Center will wait until August 1 to issue a final fall schedule, giving the league some time to ... Read More »

The Week That Was: Dec. 19

It was a week where Glendale managed to keep the Phoenix Coyotes (NHL) by paying Matthew Hulsizer more than what the team is worth, when MSG upturned the Los Angeles music scene by negotiating a sale of the Fabulous Forum, and we visited Amway Center, the stunning new home of the Orlando Magic (NBA). The most popular stories of the ... Read More »

Arena Visit: Amway Center

{jathumbnail off} From the outside, Amway Center looks like a fairly normal arena, maybe a little nicer than most and more than suitable as the frame for plenty of videoboard advertising targeting thousands of drivers passing daily on I-4. Walk inside the arena to the seating bowl, though, and one thing will be immediately clear: the new home of the ... Read More »

Magic adds Disney as major sponsor of new arena

It was pretty inevitable that the Orlando Magic (NBA) would sign a major sponsorship with Disney Parks, purveyor of all things sparkly in the Magic Kingdom. And so it came to be. Disney Parks is now a “Champions of the Community” sponsor for the franchise and Amway Center, as the two held a press conference yesterday to announce the deal. ... Read More »

Orlando mulls doubling of parking fees at new Magic arena

When Amway Center opens next season, Orlando Magic fans are going to be in for a rude surprise if they want to park close to the arena: the city of Orlando may double rates at two parking garages. The city is mulling a $20 charge for parking at two arenas adjacent to Amway Center, slated to open next season a ... Read More »

Vipers to stay at State Farm Arena

After exploring other venues in the area, the D-League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers have decided to spend the next two seasons at Hildalgo’s State Farm Arena. The Vipers had explored a lease at the McAllen Convention Center, but at the end of the day came up with a lease at State Farm Arena that was better than the previous lease. ... Read More »

Amway Arena to be torn down under current Orlando development plan

The city of Orlando has selected a proposal from a developer who would tear down Amway Arena, seeing its final days as the home of the Orlando Magic (NBA), and use it for fill under the streets of a new creative village in the area.   The proposal, from Creative Village Development LLC, would develop the area with an eye ... Read More »

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