One of the largest convention centers in the country, the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando is not only known for its space, but also for its hospitality. This massive venue welcomes sports events of all kinds, and it offers the amenities and the capacity to handle anything from professional tournaments to regional events.
The convention center is in full swing with its largest renovation project to date. The plan includes upgrades and enhancements, such as the Tangerine Ballroom.
The center boasts a convenient location and affordable accommodations just steps away, plus nearby attractions and activities to keep athletes and event attendees entertained off the field. It really is the ideal place for a sports event in Orange County, Florida. No matter the event, the Orange County Convention Center can handle it.
Activities and Attractions in Orange County
Orange County has an abundance of incredible attractions to keep athletes, their families and fans entertained before and after a tournament, and even in between games. And the area continues to boom with even more attractions slated over the next few years.
International Drive (or I-Drive) Resort Area, known as the tourism corridor, continues to be a top place to visit in Orange County. It recently welcomed I-Drive 360, an entertainment destination that’s home to the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye. The 400-foot observation wheel is the centerpiece of the complex, which also features a dynamic mixture of restaurants, attractions, productions and shops.
Orlando is home to seven of the world’s top 20 theme parks, which means there is no end to the fun visitors can have when they have an event at the Orange County Convention Center. Check out Universal’s Islands of Adventure™, SeaWorld or Disney’s Magic Kingdom® for some great family entertainment. If theme parks aren’t your thing, there’s plenty more to see and do: SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, K1 Speed Indoor Karting, Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf and much more.
Visitors can get their retail fix at the Orlando International Premium Outlets, which features nearly 200 popular shops or Point Orlando for a mix of dining and shopping fun.
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The Orange County Convention Center has eighteen (18) Taraflex Sports M plus Flooring in our West Concourse as well as goals and scoreboards. Taraflex Sports Flooring offers our athletes the highest quality in performance, safety and playability:
- Shock Absorption
- Ball Bounce
- Impact Protection Index
- Dual Density Foam
- No Wax for Life – Ease of Maintenance
- Dry-Tex System: High moisture tolerance & No Risk of Mold
Taraflex Sports M Flooring is certified by the FIB & FIVA: International Basketball and Volleyball Federations and offers the best sports floor properties to protect players when pivoting, sliding, diving and jumping:
- Drastically reduce friction burns
- Provides superior shock absorption
- Offers safe and consistent floor properties throughout the surface – no tile gaps
- Customized flooring to suit your event needs
The Orange County Convention Center has hosted the following athletic-based programs: volleyball, basketball (YBOA), cheerleading, gymnastics, Taekwondo and Zumba.
The Orange County Convention Center has been a tremendous partner and integral part of the success of the YBOA National Championship. Their modern and quality facilities are both spacious as well as flexible to meet our every need. This is only surpassed by the first-class service their staff provides to our organization at every level. We appreciate our working relationship with the OCCC and look forward to many years of continued success and growth.
–Jack P. Love, National Director of Basketball Operations, Youth Basketball of America (YBOA)
A Great Place to Play in Orange County
Sports: Volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, gymnastics, taekwondo, other indoor sports
The Orange County Convention Center is an award-winning facility that provides space for a multitude of sports events. The center’s broad offering of exhibitor services and management assistance make it one of the best in the industry.
The award-winning Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) provides space for a multitude of event options in two beautifully appointed facilities. The Center’s West Building showcases tropical atriums, skylights and intimate courtyards, and has welcomed more than 34 million visitors over three decades. Located 15 minutes from Orlando International Airport, the Center is surrounded by 118,000 hotel rooms, including more than 5,000 directly connected to the facility by pedestrian bridge.
When completed in 2003, the Orange County Convention Center’s North/South Building brought the total exhibition space to 2.1 million square feet. The building is connected to the West Concourse with the Oversight Pedestrian Bridge, a 1,500-foot span with moving sidewalks. With its distinctive architecture and tropical ambiance, the North/South Building was designed for flexibility and functionality. The Center’s broad offering of show management and exhibitor services, ranging from catering to telecommunications, are considered some of the finest in the convention industry.
Nearby Sports Venues and Facilities
If you need more space for your sports events, there are a few other options nearby. The Amway Center is an indoor arena that was part of the Orlando Centroplex. Camping World Stadium and the Orlando City Soccer Stadium are located just west of the Amway Center.
How do we get to Orange County?
Orange County and the Orlando area are easily accessible for most people all over the country. It’s within a few hours’ drive of many major cities in the Southeastern portion of the U.S., offering an affordable transportation option for teams nearby. Both area airports—Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Sanford Orlando International Airport (SFB)—continue to get more non-stop routes and are served by most major airlines. Amtrak offers four trains through Orlando, connecting the city to many major cities along the East Coast.
The Orange County Convention Center is located just 25 minutes from Orlando International Airport (MCO) and is only a short drive from downtown Orlando.
Sports planners looking to host an event in Orlando will find everything they need at the Orange County Convention Center: loads of space, great amenities and service, convenient accommodations and plenty of fun.