Spider – Maybe if we are lucky…
It was announced today in the Orlando Sentinel that the Orlando Magic have chosen HOK to be the principle architect for the new arena/events center for the city. This is an excellent first step by both the Magic and the city. HOK is a leader in not only eco-friendly sports venues but some of the most innovative and exciting parks and arenas in sports. HOK made a name for themselves when they designed Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.
They have gone on to do other sites such as PNC Park in Pittsburgh,
Reliant Stadium in Houston,
and the Philips Arena in Atlanta.
They also did the Bank of America Stadium in my hometown of Charlotte.
They are in the process of building the Sprint Center in Kansas City.
If we could get something half as exciting as these facilities in Orlando, what a plus that would be for “The City Beautiful”… if we want to be seen as a “big time” metro area, as our elected leaders keep calling us, then we need to step up to the plate and produce. Granted, a fancy new arena is not the end-all and be-all, but in the eyes of other cities and people, it is a first step in the right direction.