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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Amway Center Update

From the Magic press release today:

Construction on the new Amway Center in downtown Orlando met a milestone today as the placement of the final steel beam was recognized by the traditional "Topping Off" ceremony.

The 875,000 square foot Amway Center will open in the fall of 2010 and compete to host major national events, concerts and family shows, while serving as the home of the Orlando Magic.

Participants in the ceremony included Orlando Magic Chief Operating Officer Alex Martins, Mayors Buddy Dyer and Rich Crotty, City and County Commissioners and representatives from Hunt Construction Group.
"Topping Off," coined by ironwrokers in the 1920s, celebrates hoisting the final piece of structural steel once a building has reached its maximum height. The beam was signed by fans, construction crews, Orlando Magic and City and County officials. Traditionally "Topping Off" also involves placing a small tree or branches at the top of the new building to signify a safe and efficient job well done, while honoring nature for providing natural resources for its construction. Amway Center will be Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified.

Seven short miles from Amway Center, the six, 380-footlong, 150-ton steel roof trusses were fabricated. Roof truss erection began on July 14. The entire structural steel portion of Amway Center is in excess of 3,000 tons. The cutting, shaping and assembling of the raw steel involved 200-plus local steel workers.


  • At 6:50 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Yet another milestone reached with the construction; it's really moving along well!

  • At 1:17 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    Can't wait for the new arena to open. It will be a great day in Magic history..

    As a side note:
    Not that this has anything to do with anything, but, has anyone else noticed that... Out of the 10 games the Magic are scheduled to play on TNT, that only 3 of them are home games? I know we didn't win the championship last year, but we were the Eastern Conference Champs. C'mon.. Only 3 lousy home games on national tv? This is part of the reason, (Charles Barley being another) I don't watch the Magic on TNT.. I stick with Sun Sports or FSN.. Screw the national media.. Rant off....

  • At 1:19 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    I meant to say.. Charles Barkley.. sorry...

  • At 2:28 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Ken, you're right; out of the Magic's 10 games on that will be on TNT, only 3 of those will be home games.

    The Magic's nationally televised games on ESPN make up for that for the most part. Out of the 9 Magic games that ESPN will televise, 6 of those are Magic home games.

    In addition, they are scheduled to be on ABC 5 times; 3 of those at home, and 2 on the road.

    So, out of 24 nationally televised games on TNT, ESPN, and ABC, 12 will be at home, and 12 away.

    Hope that makes you feel a little better, Ken!

  • At 1:46 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Barkley is actually a Magic supporter, as I knew. Am I wrong?

  • At 5:02 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I can't really remember Barkley saying anything negative about the Magic; in fact, I think he was one of the few media members who picked the Magic to beat the Cavaliers in the playoffs last year.


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