Downtown is home to many urban amenities such as an 18,000 seat arena now known as the Amway Center which hosts the Orlando Magic NBA team and the Orlando Predators Arena Football League team. The Bob Carr Theater, original built in 1927, and the resplendent new Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center, which opened in November of 2014, both host many cultural events including the Broadway Series. A new soccer stadium is being built and the football stadium formerly known as the Florida Citrus Bowl is now known as Camping World Stadium also contribute to downtown’s vibrant arts and sports scene.
Incorporated within the Downtown area, the central business district is the most recognized and urban region of downtown. It consists mostly of high-rises with an occasional skyscraper and contains many nightclubs, bars and restaurants. There are a number of office towers, including offices for Bank of America, Wells Fargo, SunTrust Center and Lincoln Center. The Orlando City Hall and the Orange County Courthouse are also located downtown. PremierTrade Plaza which is a large mixed use development consisting of a 17 story building, a movie theater, restaurants, shops and a luxury condo tower has a plaza out front that is a gathering place for downtown visitors.
In addition, University of Central Florida (UCF) is moving forward with it’s plan for a significant downtown Orlando campus located at Creative Village. Between UCF and partner, Valencia College, Phase 1 of the campus is expected to bring over 7,700 students to downtown Orlando.
Many condos dot the skyline downtown including the Vue, which is the 2nd tallest building in the city, and the Solaire, a 27 story tower. The Star Tower and the Paramount are among the newest and join the Waverly and the Sanctuary adding a multitude of options for the downtown high rise condo dweller. Several mid-rise condos are also available, The Jackson and 101 Eola join The Grande, The Metropolitan and Uptown Place condo. Many residents are moving downtown to enjoy the “live, work, play” lifestyle.
The main street through downtown is Orange Avenue, a one-way street on which traffic flows to the south. It is known by locals for it’s nightlife and for all the tall buildings that line the street as well as the old historic buildings from the past. Magnolia and Rosalind are the two roads that run north through downtown. Two main highways that intersect in downtown are Interstate 4 and the East-West Expressway (Toll SR 408).