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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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: […]

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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 […]

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Future plans emerge for Orlando’s Amway Arena

Orlando officials have in hand three proposals for the future of Amway Arena, the soon-to-be future home of the Orlando Magic (NBA), and the surrounding area, including one pitch to convert the facility to a mega-church. Of course, turning arenas into mega-churches is nothing new: Houston’s Compaq Center, once the home to the Houston Rockets […]

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