Orange County Convention Center: A Venue for All Sports Events

The award-winning orange county convention center in Orlando, Florida is recognized for its extensive space, state-of-the-art amenities, commitment to safety and dedication to excellence

Introduction

Orange County Convention Center, Florida

Located in the heart of Orlando’s tourist corridor, The Center of Hospitality is accessible for both domestic and transatlantic travelers. Offering convenience and connectivity, the Center is just 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) and 45 minutes from Sanford Orlando International Airport (SFB) making it easy and affordable for teams in the Southeastern portion of the U.S. to reach the center.

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Get a Planner’s Perspective

Don’t just take our word for it, hear what these planners had to say.

“We are pleased to have been able to yet again offer the opportunity to let athletes do what they really want to do, and that’s to play. The 2021 AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships at the Orange County Convention Center welcomed our biggest numbers to date, positively impacting not only the AAU organization but also the Central Florida area as well. Hosting such a large event successfully would not be possible without the dedication, commitment and tireless efforts of the Orange County Convention Center team.”

— Jennings “Rusty” Buchanan, President/CEO of the AAU 

Orange County Convention Center is Your Perfect Facility

Facility Spotlight

North-South Building

Sports Covered: Volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, gymnastics, taekwondo, wrestling, indoor sports

With more than 950,000 square feet of exhibition space, the North-South Building offers exceptional flexibility for diverse sporting events. Home to the world’s largest volleyball competition, the AAU Junior National Volleyball Championship, the 2021 event broke records, welcoming more than 135,000 guests and more than 3,445 teams from around the world. 

West Building

Sports Covered: Volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, gymnastics, taekwondo, indoor sports

Boasting more than 1 million square feet in exhibit space, the OCCC’s West Building has welcomed a wide variety of high-profile sporting events, including WrestleMania Axxess, USA Volleyball Florida Region and American Open Cheer and Mr. Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend. Designed with flexibility and functionality in mind, the modern West Building offers state-of-the-art amenities for attendees, including newly renovated food courts and refreshment areas. 

Competing Safely at the OCCC

As a Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Star accredited venue, the OCCC has taken every precaution to ensure a safe and seamless experience for sporting events at The Center of Hospitality. This includes enhanced cleaning in line with GBAC STAR standards, collaborating with Orlando Health to offer the first-of-its-kind medical concierge service for attendees, and working closely with groups to identify safe solutions that tailor to their event and adhere to current guidelines. With ample space for physical distancing, the OCCC can help devise solutions to create a controlled and organized space, so that you can host your next sporting event with confidence. 

Notable Recent and Upcoming Events  

In 2020, The Center of Hospitality hosted 11 sporting events, welcoming more than 72,000 participants, coaches, chaperones and attendees. In the following year, the OCCC welcomed twice as many – hosting 27 sporting events with more than 393,000 attendees.

2021 Highlights 

• USA Volleyball Sunshine Volleyball Classic (March 2021)

• All Star Challenge Cheer & Dance (March 2021)

• AAU Spring, Easter and Memorial Day Basketball Classic (March – May 2021)

• AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships (June 2021)

Offering the best-in-class service, location and venue, many sporting events return to The Center of Hospitality year-after-year, solidifying the Center’s ability to satisfy and exceed expectations.

Returning Sporting Events

• All Out Grand Nationals (January 2022)

• Florida Volleyball Challenge (April 2022)

• USA Volleyball Sunshine Volleyball Classic (April 2022)

• AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships (June 2022)

What are you waiting for?

Let Sports Planning Guide help you plan the perfect event.

Eric Blanc

Eric Blanc

Director of Sales

Telephone: 407-685-9833