Orlando to bid as host city for Copa America Centenario USA 2016
The City Beautiful a potential stop for Latin America’s premier tournament
ORLANDO – January 9, 2015 – The City Beautiful will submit a bid as a host city for the Copa America Centenario USA 2016 tournament. Orlando City Soccer Club, the Central Florida Sports Commission and Orlando Venues will partner in the effort to bring the popular Latin American championship to the Orlando Citrus Bowl, and to Central Florida, for the first time in its history.
The 2016 edition of tournament, which will take place in June, will mark the first time this premier event has been staged outside of South America.
“The Copa America Centenario is precisely the type of world class soccer tournament we envision hosting in Orlando,” said Orlando City Founder and President Phil Rawlins. “A major event of this magnitude delivers extensive economic benefits to the Central Florida region while solidifying the area’s reputation as the ‘Soccer Capital of the South.’ We look forward to working closely with our partners through the bid process and securing Orlando’s place in this historic championship.”
"The prospect of hosting this high-profile international soccer tournament here in Orlando is appealing on numerous levels. Between the tourism, economic impact and sheer enjoyment of the game, this is a tremendous opportunity to showcase our city," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. "Now that the Orlando Citrus Bowl has been newly reconstructed, the City Beautiful is ready, willing and able to provide the perfect setting for the beautiful game."
“A tournament of this magnitude would be a fantastic addition to the long list of marquee events that Orlando is hosting over the next three years,” said John Bisignano, President and CEO of the Central Florida Sports Commission. “With community support for soccer at an all-time high, and great partners at Orlando City and Orlando Venues, we are excited to help bring Copa America to the new Citrus Bowl in 2016.”
The 2016 Copa America Centenario will feature six teams from the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and all 10 teams from the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL): Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
From CONCACAF, host USA and Mexico are automatic qualifiers, while Costa Rica (2014 Copa Centroamericana winner) and Jamaica (2014 Caribbean Cup winner) qualified this fall. The final two teams will be determined via a playoff to be held among the top four finishers at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup not already qualified for the Copa America Centenario.
Uruguay has won the most Copa America titles with 15 since the tournament began in 1916 as the South American Championship of Nations.
The 2015 Major League Soccer season kicks off at the Orlando Citrus Bowl as the Lions host New York City FC on March 8, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. To purchase Season Tickets, visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com or call 855-ORL-CITY. Also, follow the latest Orlando City news and updates via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
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The Lions’ first team set the U.S. record for best start of any professional soccer club in its first 100 league matches (66-12-22). Orlando City has won three USL PRO regular season titles and two postseason championships. Outside of the first squad, OCSC also has a youth club, Orlando City Youth Soccer (OCYS) and a U-23 team that participates in the PDL. For more information on the pro and youth clubs, visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com and www.OrlandoCityYouth.org.
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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.
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140 of the best Badminton Players from 26 Countries are coming to Orlando
Orlando, Fla. (Oct 18, 2014) – The Yonex USA International Challenge is coming to Orlando for the second consecutive year and will be held from October 22 -26, 2014 at the ClearOne Badminton and Sports Centre.
Last year Yonex, the number one supplier of badminton equipment in the world teamed with ClearOne Sports Centre and hosted 96 players from 11 countries for this International badminton tournament for the first time in Orlando. It attracted the best that badminton had to offer and this year it’s bigger and better.
The 2014 Yonex USA International will showcase 140 players from 26 Countries including players from as far away as India, Japan and Sweden who will flock to Orlando this week. The United States of America will have a strong presence with 24 players, including Hock Lai Lee, last year’s Men’s Singles champion.
ClearOne’s own badminton coach Hendry Winarto, a semi-finalist in Mixed Doubles last year will compete in both Mixed Doubles and Men’s Singles. Hendry spends most of his time teaching over 50 players that regularly take lessons at ClearOne and occasionally finds time to participate in events like these. Hendry an exceptional facility at ClearOne has resulted in a tremendous international interest in this event along with attracting many high quality badminton players from all across the globe. I’m looking forward to be playing with the best in the world.”
Major sponsors such as Fashion Square Mall, Yonex, and Aston Martin are all looking forward to the world-class high performance badminton and for Orlando to be the permanent home of the USA International. Aston Martin will have the DB9 Carbon Edition on display throughout the tournament. The only thing actually faster than DB9 at the event are the shuttlecocks, that launch off the racquet head at speeds of over 250 mph when a “smash” is hit.
Hendry Winarto Jump Smashing
Tournament Co-Chair Robert Wilson is looking forward to the fans reactions when they see shuttles smashed at such an amazing speed. He stated, “First time spectators of professional badminton are thrilled by the sport and its demands in terms of agility, speed, and overall athleticism. Without seeing it live they would never believe that a shuttlecock could be faster than an Aston Martin DB9. The atmosphere at the ClearOne Sports Centre will be electric as top athletes compete this week.”
Media Contact Robert Wilson Co-Chair Yonex USA International 2014 407-730-3596
To buy tickets for the badminton at its finest visit www.USAInternationalBadminton.com or call ClearOne at 407-730-3596.The five day tournament begins at 6:00 pm on Wednesday Oct 22, 2014 and continues until the finals at 1:00 pm on Sunday Oct 26th,2014.
ClearOne Sports: It is a premium centre in Florida for Badminton, Ping Pong and Pickleball. They currently have four locations: ClearOne Richmond Leslie, ClearOne Richmond Browngate, ClearOne Calgary and ClearOne Orlando. In the last 11 years over 5000 students have trained at a ClearOne Badminton Centers. ClearOne has recruited top badminton coaches from around the world to nurture its students and guide Canadian and U.S. coaches. For more information, visit our website www.ClearOneBadminton.com
ORLANDO (August 7, 2014) – The Central Florida Sports Commission (CFSC), in partnership with the University of Central Florida (UCF), the City of Orlando, and Stetson University announced today that Orlando continues its pursuit to be the #1 sports tourism destination by bidding on a number of upcoming NCAA events. Among these bids are the 2nd & 3rd-round games and the regional rounds of the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship for 2016-2018.
“Sports tourism continues to be a solid investment for host cities,” said John Bisignano, President & CEO of the CFSC. “The business is very competitive and we can compete at the highest levels when we have full support from our community partners. With our enhanced effort and community support, we will be more effective in our pursuit of these marquee sporting events.”
The return of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament would attract thousands of fans from across the United States to the community, generating millions in economic impact for the region. Coming together under the theme of “One Destination, One Team,” the Sports Commission’s strategy includes showing the NCAA that the entire Orlando community supports NCAA Championships. More than fifteen letters of support from tourism and business leaders from throughout the region and the state, including Governor Rick Scott, were submitted to the NCAA as part of the bid. In addition, a destination “sizzle video” has been created with the help of Visit Orlando, to illustrate why Central Florida is the perfect destination for future NCAA events. This video is currently on display at www.CountdownToOrlando.com.
"It was a wonderful treat and an incredible thrill to host NCAA March Madness at the Amway Center this year. Our Central Florida community, along with countless visitors, embraced the action on the court while generating millions in economic impact for the region," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. "We are eager to be a team player with the NCAA in the future."
The CFSC has a long history of serving as co-host for a variety of NCAA Championships. Most recently, the 2nd & 3rd-rounds of the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship were held at the Amway Center from March 20-22, 2014, which generated over 14,000 hotel room nights and over $12M in economic impact. The CFSC also served as co-hosts for two additional NCAA Championships this spring, the 2014 Division II Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships (Seminole County), and the 2014 Division III Women’s Golf Championships (Lake County). The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship was previously hosted in Orlando, with Stetson University serving as host in 1993, 1996, 1999, and at the Amway Arena in 2004.
Future rounds of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship would add to the already growing list of marquee events that will be staged in Central Florida. Earlier this year, the American Athletic Conference awarded their 2016 and 2017 Men’s Basketball Championships to the Amway Center with UCF and the CFSC serving as co-hosts. In addition, the NCAA Division I Women’s College Cup, better known as the Final Four of NCAA Soccer, will be co-hosted by UCF and the CFSC in 2017. This championship will be among the first of many premiere events to be held at the new Orlando City Soccer Stadium.
“One of my priorities for UCF Athletics is to be an indispensable partner to the University and our community. Working with the Central Florida Sports Commission to bring the NCAA Tournament back to Orlando is a very visible example of that partnership,” said Todd Stansbury, UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics. “Fans and supporters from all over the region really showed how great a sporting city we are by helping make the NCAA Tournament games at Amway Center a huge success earlier this year.”
“There is no other event like the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship,” said Jeff Altier, Director of Athletics at Stetson University. “A tournament of this magnitude, one that has such a significant impact on the local economy and national media attention, requires a team of champions to host. We have formed this championship host team and Stetson University is proud to be a part of our local organizing committee.”
About the Central Florida Sports Commission
The University of Central Florida, the nation’s second-largest university with nearly 60,000 students, has grown in size, quality, diversity and reputation in its first 50 years. Today, the university offers more than 200 degree programs at its main campus in Orlando and more than a dozen other locations. UCF is home to a 16-sport NCAA Division I athletic department and is a proud member of the American Athletic Conference. For more information, visit http://UCFKnights.com.
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. The university has four locations across Central Florida: DeLand, Gulfport/St. Petersburg, Tampa and Celebration. For more information, visit www.gohatters.com.
On May 28th, the Florida High School Athletic Association signed a two-year contract extension, agreeing to hold its eight state football championship games at the renovated Florida Citrus Bowl through 2015. Hosted locally by the Central Florida Sports Commission, City of Orlando, Orange County Public Schools and Edgewater High School, the FHSAA Football Finals have been hosted in Orlando since 2007.
Each December the excitement of the FHSAA Football Finals brings fans from across the state, as well as and local residents, to the Florida Citrus Bowl to watch some of the best High School Football in the nation. Since 2007, the FHSAA Football Finals have generated more than 20,000 room nights and approximately $25.6 million of economic impact in Orange County.
Orlando, Amway Center to Host 2016 and 2017 American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship
Orlando, FL. (April 15) – American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco announced today that the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. will be the site of the 2016 and 2017 American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championships. The conference tournament games will be hosted by the Central Florida Sports Commission, UCF and the Amway Center, in partnership with the City of Orlando and Orange County.
“We are pleased to bring our 2016 and 2017 men’s basketball championships to the City of Orlando, the state-of-the-art Amway Center and the community that is home to the Fiesta Bowl Champion UCF Knights,” said Aresco. “In view of our stated desire to rotate this event to various points within our conference footprint, we elected Orlando because the city put forth an outstanding bid, the venue is first-rate and the community of Orlando will offer a terrific destination for our student-athletes, coaches and fans.”
The specific championship dates for each year will be released at a later time. All eleven American Athletic Conference schools will participate in the 2016 and 2017 championships. The format for each tournament calls for three first-round games on the first day, followed by four quarterfinal games, two semifinals and the championship game. The ESPN Networks will provide television and digital coverage of both tournaments.
“As members of the American Athletic Conference, we have already had the opportunity to make our mark in competition. But we also have the opportunity to provide the conference with a great destination for its championship events,” said Todd Stansbury, UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics. “UCF is thrilled to partner in hosting an event that will greatly benefit our community and showcase the Central Florida area to the rest of the nation.”
The American Athletic Conference placed four teams in the 2014 NCAA Championship, including UConn, which went on to win the national title. The American, in its inaugural season, had the best postseason record of any Division I conference (13-4, .765).
The 2014-15 season will be the second straight year in which the American Athletic Conference has the defending men’s and women’s NCAA champions in its ranks. The American was the only conference this post-season which placed a team in the semifinals of the Men’s Final Four, the Women’s Final Four, the NIT and the WNIT.
Located on historic Church Street in Downtown Orlando, Amway Center opened in the fall of 2010 and has been recognized as one of the best facilities in the world. Amway Center is home to the NBA’s Orlando Magic and recently hosted second and third rounds of the 2014 NCAA DI Men’s Basketball Championship.
“Being awarded this championship is a testament to the first-class venues and other community assets that we are able to offer The American here in Central Florida,” said John Bisignano, president of the Central Florida Sports Commission. “We look forward to working with The American, UCF and our respective community partners to ensure the success of this prestigious event, as we fulfill our mission of driving economic development through sports.”
The American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship will attract thousands of fans from across the United States to the community, generating millions in economic impact for the region. Initial projections indicate that this event will generate more than 6,000 room nights and over $5 million of economic impact. In addition, the national exposure generated from the media and live telecasts will be immeasurable for Orlando and Orange County.
“The vision for the Amway Center was to be able to host marquee events like the American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “Coming off the heels of hosting the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, we are pleased that we can build upon that success and welcome the American Athletic Conference’s premier event to our destination.”
“Hosting the American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship 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. “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 American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship will add to the already growing list of marquee events that have and will be staged at the Amway Center and other community venues. Less than four weeks removed from hosting the 2nd and 3rd rounds of March Madness at the Amway Center, the Sports Commission plans to submit bids later this year for the NCAA DI Men’s Basketball Championship 2nd and 3rd rounds, as well as regional rounds in future years. In addition, the Sports Commission and UCF will host the 2016 and 2017 NCAA Women’s Soccer College Cup at the new Orlando City Soccer Stadium.
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For the first time in ten years, Orlando played host to the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, with games played at the Amway Center March 20 and 22. Before and after games, fans mobbed downtown bars and restaurants on Church Street and surrounding areas.
“If you were on Church Street last week, it was exactly like the old days,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “It was our busiest week we have ever had in the six years we have been open," said Hamburger Mary’s owner John Paonessa.
Total attendance for March Madness in Central Florida, including fans, teams, administrators, bands & cheerleaders, topped 50,000 for the weekend. Fans were treated to the excitement and passion that is March Madness, which ultimately led to the #1 overall seed Florida Gators and 2013 Champion Louisville Cardinals advancing to the Sweet 16. Other teams competing at the Amway Center, included Saint Louis, Colorado, Pittsburg, NC State, Manhattan and Albany.
The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship attracted thousands of visitors from across the United States to our community, generating millions in economic impact for the region. While the numbers are still being calculated, the event is expected to generate more than 14,000 room nights and nearly $10 million of economic impact. In addition, the international and national exposure generated from the media and live telecast is immeasurable for Orlando and Orange County.
The championship games were hosted by Stetson University, Central Florida Sports Commission and Orlando Venues, in partnership with the City of Orlando and Orange County. In addition, a Local Organizing Committee, co-chaired by Mayor Buddy Dyer and Mayor Teresa Jacobs and comprised of more than 90 community leaders and volunteers, assisted with the planning and execution of the event.
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Headlined by the 2017 Women’s College Cup, the NCAA announced today that Central Florida has won the right to host seven NCAA Championships from 2016 to 2018. The NCAA Women’s College Cup, the final four of the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament, will be co-hosted by UCF and the Central Florida Sports Commission, and be held at the new Orlando City Soccer Stadium on December 1-3, 2017. FULL RELEASE
The first International Badminton Tournament in Orlando was a “Smashing” Success, as the US played host to 96 players from 11 countries at the Yonex USA International 2013 Badminton Tournament. Players from as far away as Japan, the Philippines, Brazil and Sri Lanka all converged on the ClearOne Badminton Centre Nov.7-10 to compete. ClearOne, the premier place to play badminton in all of the South Eastern United States was the venue for the first International Challenge event ever held in Florida.
The Road to Orlando has begun as the High School football playoffs are currently underway, and each school has one goal in mind: the state championships in Orlando. Tickets are on sale for all eight title games, which will be held December 6-7 and December 13-14 at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Back by popular demand, fans will have the ability to purchase a reserved seat ticket, with a limited number of reserved seats on sale for each game for $17. General admission seats for each game are $12. Click HERE to purchase your tickets today.
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Tickets to preliminary rounds of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship went on sale Saturday, October 19. Fans wishing to buy tickets to the second- and third-round games in Orlando at the Amway Center should go to www.NCAA.com/mbbtickets. Tickets are $258 for the Terrace Level and $198 for the Promenade level; and provide admission to all six games staged in Orlando. Dates of the games held at the Amway Center will be March 20 & 22, 2014, with four games taking place on Thursday, March 20 and two games taking place on March 22. The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will attract thousands of fans from across the United States to our community, generating millions in economic impact for the region. The event is expected to generate more than 14,000 room nights and nearly $10 million of economic impact for the region.
The Sports Commission worked closely with the University of Central Florida to submit a proposal for the opportunity to host the 2015 & 2016 American Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The championships will take place in early May of 2015 & 2016, and creates an exciting opportunity to host a conference championship for the newly formed American Athletic Conference. The championship will garner (9) men's teams, (11) women's teams, (19) individual events, and (3) relay events conducted over a three day period. The event would take place on the campus of UCF.
The Sports Commission was able to attend the Connect Sports Marketplace in Milwaukee this past month. The opportunity allowed for the CFSC to network with other sports professionals and associations in the industry. The experience allowed for a chance to discuss future sports tourism prospects for Orlando and Orange County. The CFSC was able to connect with many organizations on said opportunities including representatives from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, USA Table Tennis, National Fast Pitch Coaches Association, Triple Crown Sports, USA Gymnastics and American Volleyball Coaches Association. The conference was a great forum to seek out other industry professionals and build relationships for future business opportunities here in our community.
USA Powerlifting hosted the IPF World Masters Powerlifting Championships at the Hyatt Regency Hotel - Orlando International Airport September 23rd - 30th. The event brought more than 350 athletes to Orange County generating approximately 1,100 room nights, and approximately $700,000 in economic impact. The continued relationship with USA Powerlifting has allowed for Orlando and Central Florida to showcase local venue diversity, and accommodations for such eclectic events.
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