Amway Center – Orlando Magic
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The Magic in Orlando
Take an NBA team, plant it in a beautiful vibrant city, and build them a beautiful facility with modern touches that never seem to go out of style, and you have yourself Amway Center, the home of the Orlando Magic. Chock-full of quality concessions, comfortable seating, great bars nearby, and friendly patrons, you will be hard-pressed to find somewhere as enjoyable and inviting for a game of professional basketball.
Food & Beverage 5
The concessions at Magic games are impressive. A giant plate of nachos runs $10. Drinks range from $4.50 for a regular soda to $8 for large sodas. Beer ranges from $7.50 to $8.50, a fair price for any sporting facility. Perhaps the deal of the night are the combos, where one can get a cheeseburger, fries, and regular soda for $14. The quality of the food items is also top notch, with mouth-watering options on display at every turn. Finally, perhaps the coolest thing about the Amway Center is the ‘Ronas and ‘Ritas bar that is outside, overlooking the downtown skyline while also providing a beautiful gathering space outside for some fresh air, good drinks, and TVs that show the action inside.
The Magic’s home is stunning. From the vibrant and colorful concourse lighting that extends all the way to the main entrance lobby to the unique arrangement of the court’s flooring, everything here is visually beautiful. The arena looks like it is a new facility, not one that has been open for over seven years. The acoustics are also great, making crowd roars loud and noticeable. Despite their lack of general success of late, the Magic are routinely full when it comes to ticket sales, meaning you always have the feel of a big game. But perhaps the best thing is that Magic games feel like it is a family affair. There are young fans at every game, and the team works to engage their younger fans like few others. The family friendly atmosphere penetrates everything you see and do at Amway Center, making it a draw for anyone looking to take in a night of professional basketball that everyone can enjoy.
What can you say about downtown Orlando? The Amway Center is literally steps from Church Street, the hub of Orlando’s rebirth as a foodie and entertainment destination. The City of Orlando has become a sports-thirsty destination over the last few years, with the explosion in popularity of Orlando City and a renewed interest in the Orlando Magic, the City Beautiful loves sports. The immediate area around Amway Center is both suburbs to the west and downtown city center on the east. There are tons of hotels nearby, and since the arena sits next to I-4, getting to other resorts and hotels in the greater Orlando area is not hard to do, either. It can’t get much better than this.
The fans at Amway are loyal and they are known to pack the house, regardless of the record or opponent. However, they are also not among the loudest in the league. While playoffs bring the noise, a regular season game at Amway Center can be laid back and calm at times. While this may be enjoyable for some in a way, other sports fans may thirst for that home-court advantage type of atmosphere you get in other cities like Miami, Cleveland, and Los Angeles. That may be the case when a game is close and in the dying minutes or during post-season play, but regular season games can bring a more relaxed feel. However, one of the other positives is the friendliness of the fans at Magic games.
How much easier can a stadium be to get to? Driving on I-4, you literally pass within a few yards of the arena itself, so finding the facility is quite arguably an impossibility to miss. If you do get off and somehow get lost, signs all around downtown point the way to the Amway Center. Finally, once you’re there, the Geico Garage is your best option for parking, and the best part is the garage connects with the arena through a skywalk across the street into the arena’s main concourse from the third parking level. There is also numerous parking options nearby in the parking lots and garages near the arena.
Return on Investment 3
Taking in a Magic game can be a great event, but being an NBA game can mean it is a bit pricey, with parking and concessions added in. However, for what you get for the price you pay to get in, you are given lots of entertainment value and a quality, comfortable experience. A Magic game is a definite option for someone looking to see professional sports in Central Florida.
The Ozone bar located at the top of the upper end zone gives you a bird’s-eye view of the action, while also offering a great place to hang out during games while getting some drinks.
There is also the Ronas and Ritas bar, offering a beautiful outdoor area for fans to congregate for a drink during the game with stunning views of the downtown cityscape.
Fans also can enjoy the Magic’s memorabilia and hall of fame on the main concourse. This display pays tribute to some of Orlando’s sporting heritage, community connections, and their best players of years past.
Stuff the Dragon is perhaps one of the best mascots the NBA has, and he is always engaging with the fans while taunting opposing players.
Fans also can make their own GIFs at the photo booth-style GIF makers the arena has.
Finally, the arena also has partnered with Disney, meaning there are various displays and nods to the Orlando theme park throughout the facility, including large painted Mickey statues in the main lobby.
The Orlando Magic may have fallen on hard times in terms of record, but their arena remains one of the best around. The facility is stunning, clean, and always comfortable. The surrounding neighborhood means you have plenty of things to see and do before and after the game, and getting to the arena is a breeze. Amway Center should not be missed by sports fans, be they casual visitors or hardcore sports enthusiasts.
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