(formerly known as the Orlando Arena
, TD Waterhouse Centre
, and The Arena in Orlando
, and colloquially known by the nickname of O-Rena
) is an indoor arena in Orlando, Florida. It is part of the Orlando Centroplex, a sports and entertainment complex located in downtown Orlando. The arena is home to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League and beginning in fall 2007, the arena will also be home to the Orlando Sharks of the Major Indoor Soccer League. It also hosts the PlayStation Pro event on the Dew Action Sports Tour and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus annually, along with various concerts and other events.
AMWAY ARENA (FORMERLY TD WATERHOUSE CENTRE) TICKETS
, a division of Canadian finance company Toronto Dominion
, purchased naming rights to the Orlando Arena in 1999
, and named the venue the TD Waterhouse Centre (utilizing Canadian spelling
). Before the Orlando Arena's naming rights were sold, the other two buildings in the Orlando Centroplex--Orlando Expo Centre and Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
--utilized that spelling as well, so it was more than simply the fact that TD Waterhouse is a Canadian company that the building used the "Centre" spelling. Those naming rights expired on November 30 2006
, and TD Ameritrade
, which bought TD Waterhouse's U.S. operations earlier in the year, chose not to renew them. The venue was briefly known as "The Arena in Orlando" before the new naming rights contract was signed, a period of approximately one week.
On December 7 2006
it was announced that Amway
would become the new sponsor, renaming the building as the Amway Arena. Amway will pay $1.5 million over 4 years, or $375,000 a year, for the rights. Amway will also have an initial exclusive option to negotiate for the right to name the new Orlando Events Center
. Amway founder Richard DeVos
owns the Orlando Magic team.
The nickname of the building for Predator games is "The Jungle". During the 2005
seasons, the facility was referred to as Hummer
Field at TD Waterhouse Centre.
It is also the former home of the IHL
's Orlando Solar Bears
, and also the RHI
's Orlando Jackals
. Completed in 1989 at a cost of $98 million - entirely publicly financed - the arena
seats 17,519 for basketball
and has 26 luxury suites. The naming rights were sold in 2000 to TD Waterhouse
at $7.8 million for five years. It is also used for entertainment events, particularly large rock concerts.
The 1990 SEC
men's basketball tournament was held here, as was the WWF Royal Rumble
that year. WCW
held its Bash at the Beach
there in 1994
. WWE Armageddon 2003
was also held there. On March 29, 2008 World Wrestling Entertainment
held their Hall of Fame
induction at the arena. The most notable inductee was Ric Flair
, who two nights later on an episode of WWE Raw
announced his retirement from professional wrestling. Early rounds of the NCAA Tournament
were held there in the early- to mid-1990s.
, the facility was voted "Arena of the Year" by Performance Magazine. It was also nominated for "Best Indoor Concert Venue" in the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards.
The 42nd annual NBA All-Star Game
was held at the facility February 9
During the 1993–94 NHL season
, the Tampa Bay Lightning
played five of their home games here.
Games One and Two of the 1995 NBA Finals
were held at the facility. The Arena also hosted IHL Finals in 1996
, when the Orlando Solar Bears won the Turner Cup in the IHL's last season of operations.
In 2004, Orlando, Florida
was selected as one of five cities in the U.S.
to host the Dew Action Sports Tour
, a new extreme sports francise to start in 2005
. Titled the PlayStation Pro
, the event was held at the TD Waterhouse Centre from October 12
-October 16 2005
The facility was the site of the 1992 United States Figure Skating Championships
For several years, the PBR
's Challenger Tour series held an event, the Tater Porter Invitational, at this venue. In June 2008 the PBR will bring the Built Ford Tough Series
to the Amway Arena for the first time.
On August 22 2004
, the City of Orlando evicted the Orlando Seals
, a minor league hockey team, from the TD Waterhouse Centre. They were forced to sit out the first season of Southern Professional Hockey League
play for 2004–2005 as a result. They ultimately moved to Kissimmee
's Silver Spurs Arena
and resumed play in 2005–2006 as the Florida Seals until they were evicted from Silver Spurs Arena on January 4 2007
. The franchise subsequently folded.
On February 22
, the officials from the Buena Vista corporation announced that the Orlando Sharks
, an expansion team in the Major Indoor Soccer League
, will play in the arena beginning in fall 2007.
On November 5th, 2008 Tina Turner
will rock the arena for her Tina: Live in Concert Tour
Beginning around 1999, the Orlando Magic
and the City of Orlando
entered discussions for a complete refurbishment or demolition of the TD Waterhouse Centre in favor of a new facility. In recent years, arena and city officials had reported revenue losses, and criticized the facility for not being large enough compared to more recently constructed arenas. The media
have offered rumors that the Orlando Magic may relocate to another city, but team officials denied such claims. The facility currently ranks near the bottom in the NBA
as far as capacity and luxury.
On September 29
, the City of Orlando and Orange County came to an agreement on a $1.1-billion improvement package that includes $480 million for a new arena
. The Magic will provide $114 million in cash and up-front lease payments, and guarantee $100 million in bonds, toward the arena. The venue plan received final approval on July 26
, and the arena is expected to be complete in time for the 2010–11 NBA season. Once the new arena is finished, the Amway Arena is expected to be sold off and potentially torn down.
- Major Concerts
- Professional Sports
- Championship Games
- High School Graduations
- Traveling Entertainment Groups
- Major Political Rallies
- Special Events
- '''The Arena in Orlando''' was used only briefly, lasting approximately a week in December 2006 and serving as the interim name between the expiration of the contract with TD Waterhouse and the announcement of the new naming rights deal with Amway.