Additionally, Camping World Stadium was the original home of Orlando
City soccer. When Orlando City was
granted an MLS expansion in 2015, the
club kicked off its first MLS season in
the stadium to a sellout crowd of 62,510
fans. The stadium would go on to host
the club’s home games, as well as their
National Women’s Soccer League team,
the Orlando Pride, until the new
Orlando City Stadium opened in 2017.
Orlando possesses one of the largest
tourism and service industries in the
world. More than 68 million people vis-
ited the Metro Orlando area in 2016,
producing an economic windfall in
excess of $20 billion. Known as the
“Hospitality Capital of the World,” the
Orlando Metropolitan area boasts more
than 130,000 hotel rooms (plus another
70,000 vacation home and time share
rooms), three international airports,
world-famous theme parks and attrac-
tions and tremendous weather.
Hosting marquee events is part of
their DNA. Central Florida has hosted
thousands of national and international
sports and entertainment events over
the past 20+ years, including World
Cup and Olympic soccer matches, the
NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball
Tournament (1st & 2nd Round Games),
NBA All-Star Week, NBA Finals and
three annual college football bowl
games (AutoNation Cure, Camping
World and Buffalo Wild Wings), PGA
and LPGA golf tournaments, the NFL
Pro Bowl, Invictus Games and Wrestle-
Mania, just to name a few.
In terms of grass-roots sports
events, they have had the opportunity
to host statewide, regional, national
and international events for youth,
collegiate and adult athletes from
across the United States and beyond.
A short list of event partners that have
hosted events within their region
include the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
For more information about the
Central Florida Sports Commission,
which serves Seminole, Lake, Osceola
and Orange County and the city of
1. The Amway Center was home to a number of
basketball games during March Madness.
2. The $155 million Orlando City Stadium
opened earlier this year.
3. Sonja Larsen competed at the NCAA
Division II Women’s Tennis Championship.
4. WrestleMania 33 broke Camping World
Stadium’s attendance record with 75,245 fans.
Photos courtesy of Visit Orlando and the Central Florida