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Orlando & Amway Center Awarded NCAA Basketball Tournament 2nd & 3rd Round Games
ORLANDO, FLORIDA [November 12, 2012] – The NCAA announced today that Orlando and the Amway Center have been awarded the opportunity to host 2nd and 3rd round games of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in 2014. The tournament games will be hosted locally by Stetson University and the Central Florida Sports Commission, in partnership with the City of Orlando, Orange County and the University of Central Florida.
“Being awarded this championship is a testament to the first-class venues and other community assets that we are able to offer the NCAA here in Central Florida,” said John Bisignano, president of the Central Florida Sports Commission. “We look forward to working with the NCAA, Stetson University and our respective community partners to ensure the success of this prestigious event.”
“There is nothing more exciting than the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, March Madness and the road to the Final Four," Stetson University Director of Athletics Jeff Altier said. "To bring a part of this tournament to Orlando and Central Florida is the dream of any sports enthusiast and at Stetson University we are enthusiastic about sports!"
Dates of the actual tournament games staged in Orlando will be March 20-22, 2014. Specific game times will be determined at a later date by the NCAA. Ticket information, including prices and hospitality packages, will also be made available at a future date by the Central Florida Sports Commission and Stetson University in conjunction with the NCAA.
“The vision for the new Amway Center was to be able to host these marquee events like the NCAA Basketball Tournament,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “These events are not only exciting opportunities for our residents, but will draw thousands of people from across the country benefiting our local economy.”
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will attract thousands of fans from across the United States to our community, generating millions in economic impact for the region. In addition, the international and national exposure generated from the media and live telecast will be immeasurable for Orlando and Orange County. Orlando last hosted NCAA Tournament games in March of 2004 at the Amway Arena.
“Hosting the NCAA Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center is a great example of what our community can accomplish when we come together for a common goal,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “This event will have a substantial positive impact on our economy and expose Central Florida’s evolving brand to viewers around the world.”
“We’re thrilled that Orlando has been selected to host NCAA Tournament games at the Amway Center,” said Todd Stansbury, athletic director at the University of Central Florida. “UCF will be a great partner to Stetson University, the Central Florida Sports Commission and the eight teams from around the country who will be visiting our area. UCF is pleased to support an event that will greatly benefit and showcase our community and the Central Florida region to the nation.”
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will add to the already growing list of marquee events that have and will be staged at the Amway Center. In addition to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Central Florida Sports Commission also has outstanding bids to host the ACC and SEC Men’s Basketball Tournaments. Announcements should be made on each of these events in the coming months.
About Amway Center:
The Orlando Magic served as the developer of the Amway Center, which hosts major national events, concerts and family shows. Opened in the fall of 2010, the facility is owned and operated by the City of Orlando on behalf of the Central Florida community and is home to the National Basketball Association’s 2009 Eastern Conference Champions, the Orlando Magic, the East Coast Hockey League’s Orlando Solar Bears and the Arena Football League’s 1998 & 2000 Arena Bowl Champions, the Orlando Predators. T he Amway Center was designed to reflect the character of the community, meet the goals of the users and build on the legacy of sports and entertainment in Orlando. The building’s exterior features a modern blend of glass and metal materials, along with ever-changing graphics via a monumental wall along one facade. A 180-foot tall tower serves as a beacon amid the downtown skyline. At 875,000 square feet, the new arena is almost triple the size of the old Amway Arena (367,000 square feet). The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified building features a sustainable, environmentally-friendly design and unmatched technology, featuring 1,100 digital monitors, the tallest high-definition video board in an NBA venue and multiple premium amenities available to all patrons in the building. Awarded 2012 Sports Facility of the Year by SportsBusiness Journal.
About the Central Florida Sports Commission:
The Central Florida Sports Commission strategically solicits, creates and supports marquee sports-related events and businesses that enhance our community’s economy. The Sports Commission represents the counties of Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia, as well as the City of Orlando. The Sports Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Central Florida including the Celebrity Mascot Games, the SPORTYS, Breakfast of Champions, Gridiron 5K Challenge and the Daytona Beach Half Marathon.
About Stetson University:
Stetson University in Central Florida dares its 3,877 undergraduate and graduate students to go beyond success – to significance. Since 1883, Stetson’s vision has remained constant, engaging students with rigorous academics and instilling civic values for life. An independent university, Stetson offers a comprehensive education in the arts and sciences, business, law and music. Stetson was the first private university in Florida to be awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honor society, and consistently earns high national rankings for academic excellence and community-engaged learning. The university has four locations across Central Florida: DeLand, Gulfport/St. Petersburg, Tampa and Celebration.