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Amway Center Set the Standard for the Best in Live Sports and Entertainment in 2013
ORLANDO, FLORIDA [January 8, 2014] - The Amway Center ended 2013 with an exceptional year of family, sports and live entertainment. In its third year of operation, Amway Center boasted 14 sold-out concerts including Justin Bieber (Jan 25), Luke Bryan (Jan 26), P!NK (Feb 24), Maroon 5 (Mar 30), Taylor Swift (Apr 11 & 12 – 2 shows), Paul McCartney (May 18 & 19 – 2 shows), New Kids On The Block (June 21), Marc Anthony (Aug 25), Bruno Mars (Aug 27), World Championship Boxing – Miguel Cotto vs Delvin Rodriguez (Oct 5), Eagles (Nov 23) and Justin Timberlake (Dec 19). Furthermore, the arena ranked #29 on Venues Today’s “Top 100” Stops in North America 2013” based on total event grosses (includes arenas, stadiums and theaters).
“It’s exciting to reflect on another legendary year at our truly legendary facility,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “The Amway Center continues to deliver diverse options in the very best in sports and live entertainment events for our Central Florida residents and visitors.”
In mid-May, the legendary Paul McCartney performed two highly anticipated shows and set the new two-night, highest-grossing event record ($3.8M). The History of the Eagles Tour this past November set the new record for highest-grossing, single-night event ($1.7M). “Looking back on 2013, the Amway Center certainly set a precedent for staging the best live sports and entertainment events in Central Florida,” said Allen Johnson, executive director of Orlando Venues. “It provides our extraordinary arena staff a tremendous sense of accomplishment and pride for the achievements we’ve realized.”
Additionally, the venue hosted the Arena Football League’s championship game, Arena Bowl XXVI, featuring the Philadelphia Soul vs Arizona Rattlers and a World Championship Boxing event featuring a Super Welterweight match between Miguel Cotto and Delvin Rodriguez, televised live on HBO.
In June, Amway Center’s philosophy of creating exceptional guest experiences was internationally recognized by TheStadiumBusiness Awards (UK) with its “2013 Customer Experience Award.”
In March 2014, the Amway Center looks forward to presenting another milestone – NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships, for the first time. With high-caliber events such as this, the Amway Center continues to set the standard for live entertainment and sporting events.