As the second-largest convention center in the country, the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando is not only recognized for its world-class facilities, but also for its dedication in delivering outstanding service to their clients and community. Known as The Center of Hospitality, the OCCC welcomes sporting events of all kinds and has the capacity to handle a variety of large scale sporting conventions, professional tournaments and regional athletic events.
The striking campus is comprised of two buildings – the West Building and the North-South Building. The Center is on the brink of a major expansion project that will elevate the North-South Building, enabling organizers to challenge boundaries and take their sporting events to the next level.
The award-winning OCCC is nestled in the heart of Central Florida and only fifteen minutes from the Orlando International Airport. You will find the OCCC conveniently positioned within Orlando’s tourism corridor, surrounded by world-class hotels, iconic entertainment and theme park options and delicious culinary choices. This vibrant location truly is the ideal place for your next sporting event.
Notable Recent/Upcoming Events
The OCCC has a phenomenal reputation for hosting a wide range of athletic-based programs and events. The flexible space has been used for volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, gymnastic, archery and martial arts. Some successful conventions from this year include:
- All Star Challenge (March 2019)
- World Ballet Competition (April 2019)
- 46th Amateur Athletic Union Junior (AAU Jr.) National Volleyball Championship (June 2019)
- 2019 Tiger Rock Martial Arts World Championship (July 2019)
- NYAA Cheer Nationals (July 2019)
Throughout 2020, the OCCC will host a series of exciting sporting events:
- Sunshine Volleyball Classic (March 2020)
- Varsity Cheer Event (March 2020)
- Florida Region USA Volleyball (May 2020)
- AAU Jr. National Volleyball (June 2020)
No matter the event, the Orange County Convention Center is prepared to deliver superior customer service that exceeds your expectations. Specific services offered include:
- Full Service Marketing and Communications Support
- Hotel Availability
- Site Visits
- Marketing Resources
- Event Planning Assistance
The Award-Winning Venue
The Orange County Convention Center is an award-winning facility that provides space for sports events of all kinds. The center’s broad offering of exhibitor services and management assistance make it one of the best in the industry.
Sports: Volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, gymnastics, taekwondo, other indoor sports
The West Building highlights tropical atriums, skylights, and intimate courtyards. With more than 1 million square footage in exhibition space, the impressive venue has hosted a wide variety of sporting events in 2019, from the All Star Challenge with over 6,000 attendees, to the Florida Volleyball Challenge, with over 16,000 attendees.
With distinctive architecture and tropical ambiance, the North-South Building is designed for flexibility and functionality, featuring a dramatic Oversight Pedestrian Bridge with moving sidewalks leading to the West Building. With more than 950 thousand square footage in exhibition space, and a planned expansion, the concourse offers remarkable opportunities for organizers hoping to bring their visions to life. The venue recently hosted the AAU Jr National Volleyball Championships, welcoming 45,000 participants and 2,805 teams from around the world. Recognized as the world’s largest volleyball competition, the event boasted a remarkable attendance of more than 110,000 guests.
Things to do in Orange County
Conveniently located within the iconic International Drive Resort Area, the OCCC boasts an incredibly diverse range of attractions that you will not find anywhere in the world. As the area continues to grow, there is a wide array of options to keep coaches, athletes, and fans entertained before and after a tournament, and even in between games.
Home to some of the most popular theme parks in the world, Orlando offers endless opportunities for fun and excitement. There is plenty to see and do when hosting an event at the OCCC, from seeking thrills and adventure at Universal Orlando Resort, to immersing yourself in wonder at SeaWorld® Orlando. Don’t worry if you aren’t a fan of theme parks, there is so much more for you to enjoy while you’re in town.
No matter your interest, the Convention Center District really does have it all. The ever-expanding area is bursting at the seams with unique attractions, vibrant dining, and world-class shopping options that will provide an experience like no other.
“The Orange County Convention Center is our go-to partner when it comes to hosting successful events for USA Volleyball. We consistently rely on the outstanding OCCC team to assist us in planning and executing several events each year, including the 600+ team ASICS Florida Volleyball Challenge. Their modern and quality facilities are both spacious as well as flexible to meet our every need. Their updated amenities are only surpassed by the first-class service their staff provides us. The Orange County Convention Center facility has truly earned the title of being the Center of Hospitality.”
Florida Region of USA Volleyball, Inc.: Steve Bishop (Executive Director and President)
How to Get to Orange County
The central location is easily accessible for most people all over the country, and just as easy for international attendees. Just a few hours’ drive from many major cities in the Southeastern portion of the U.S., the convenient location can be reached affordably by nearby teams and players.
For those further, both area airports – Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Sanford Orlando International Airport (SFB) – continue to expand their 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.
Company Name: Orange County Convention Center
Sports Sales Manager: Rodney Gutierrez
Title: Director of Sales