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.

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They have gone on to do other sites such as PNC Park in Pittsburgh,

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Reliant Stadium in Houston,

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and the Philips Arena in Atlanta.

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They also did the Bank of America Stadium in my hometown of Charlotte.

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They are in the process of building the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

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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.

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~ by Brett on August 3, 2007.

9 Responses to “Spider – Maybe if we are lucky…”

  1. Well Lordy! I hope they do something right to improve that Orlando cityscape. LOL.

  2. That last one the Sprint Stadium is really cool.Me likey, Hopefully you guys get a ge=reat sports arena. However being the ‘Mo that I am I want them to do the performing arts place first . 🙂

  3. Congrats on getting HOK to do your arena. I really love their fluid architecture that almost seems to flow from the ground.

  4. Lucky Orlando! HOK is synonymous for designing great sports venues. The Chargers have been trying to get a new stadium built for years. They’re threatening to leave San Diego if they don’t get one. That would suck.

  5. I hope Memphis gets out of the business of sports stadiums and arenas. That is another story altogether, though.

  6. the sprint center looks really good. and shiny.

  7. I just home these things are hurricane resistant!
    and have AC.

  8. Nice looking buildings. It would be great to have something like one of those in Orlando.

  9. lol i like it ! i used to live out there bust now i live in retareded oklahoma lol ……. O well u guys did a great job 🙂

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