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Upcoming Events At the Amway Center
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About the Amway Center
Amway Arena is one of those venues with an ever changing name. Upon opening in 1989, the arena venue was known as Orlando Arena. This then changed to TD Waterhouse Centre and then The Arena (commonly was called by the nickname of O-Rena) in Orlando before finally settling on Amway Arena. Of course, the name has nothing to do with what the venue has to offer fans.
While many professional sports teams have called Amway Arena home, there are only three left right now. They are the Orlando Magic, the Orlando Sharks, and the Orlando Predators. Of course, this is more than enough to keep the venue busy; especially when you couple these events with concerts and other shows.
The 1990 SEC men's basketball tournament was held here, as was the WWF Royal Rumble that year. Early rounds of the NCAA Tournament were held there in the early- to mid-1990s. WCW held its Bash at the Beach there in 1994. WWE Armageddon 2003 was also held there. In March 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.
The seating capacity at Amway Arena jumps around depending on the event. For instance, a concert will have a capacity of 17,740 whereas a hockey game is not quite as accommodating at just around 16,000 seats.
Amway Arena may change names again sometime in the future, but the benefits of the venue will always remain the same.