Amway Arena (formerly known as the Orlando Arena, TD Waterhouse Centre, and The arena in Orlando, and colloquially known by the nickname of O-Rena) is a defunctindoor arena in Orlando, Florida. It is part of the Orlando Centroplex, a sports and entertainment complex located in Downtown Orlando. The last day of operation of the facility was on September 30, 2010 as arena operations moved to the new Amway Center. The City of Orlando has agreed to demolish Amway Arena by December 15, 2011.
The city of Orlando was interested in a downtown arena long before there was talk of an NBA franchise. The arena site on West Livingston Street was approved in December 1983, at a time when concerts and other large-scale events were held at the Orange County Convention Center, which is several miles away from downtown. Discussions on financing delayed the project for several years due to concerns of the convention center losing money if an arena was built, as an arena would be a better venue for many of the events previously held at the convention center.... Read More