October Commissioner’s Update

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It’s that time of year again. I love fall, as it brings many of my favorite things to Downtown: football, the start of the Orlando Magic and the Orlando Solar Bears seasons, Halloween and more.

The Orlando venues continue to provide a myriad of entertainment options for our residents, and we appreciate the energy and vitality they bring to our downtown. This month, on Oct. 24, beginning at 5:30 p.m., Camping World Stadium will host Feast on the 50, a fun precursor event to get everyone excited for bowl season in Orlando.

Feast on the 50 allows fans onto the field where there are activities for the whole family, games, food and a silent auction. The evening culminates with a fireworks show directly over the stadium. Visit FloridaCitrusSports.com for details.

We are excited about the upcoming renovations to Camping World Stadium, funded by the tourist-development tax, which will continue to boost sports tourism in our community and allow us to land even more coveted events.

Along with renovations to the stadium itself, adjacent Lake Lorna Doone Park is receiving a full upgrade, as well. It will serve as both a meeting place for the Westlake Neighborhood but also as an event-day amenity for visitors to the venue. The park will include Orlando’s first splash pad, basketball courts being sponsored by the Orlando Magic, a paved exercise trail, a fountain in the lake and an inclusive playground.

This football season, Camping World will host the Florida Classic, three bowl games, and the NFL Pro Bowl will take place there for the fourth-consecutive year in Orlando on Jan. 26, 2020, at 3 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to watch and cheer on the players, as they enter Camping World Stadium on the Pro Bowl Red Carpet, bringing them closer than ever to the NFL’s All- Stars.

Family-priced sections, concession deals and kid-zone activities will be available inside the stadium. Fans will also be able to enjoy a post-game fireworks show to cap off the celebrations. Tickets for the 2020 Pro Bowl will go on sale later this year, and voting will open for fans, players and coaches to choose the 44-man rosters for the NFC and the AFC. Visit CampingWorldStadium.com for more information about all of the happenings at the stadium.

The Magic return to the Amway Center for their first home preseason game of the 2019-2020 season on Oct. 11 against the Boston Celtics. Also at the Amway Center the following night, the Solar Bears kick of their season at 7 p.m. against the South Carolina Stingrays. Visit AmwayCenter.com for details about these games and other events at the arena.

Laughter will be emanating from the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts this month, as improv group the Second City performs on Oct. 11 and 12 in the Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater. Dr. Phillips High School alumnus Wayne Brady brings his comedy show to the Walt Disney Theater on Oct. 12. To get into the Halloween mood on Oct. 18, enjoy Danny Elfman’s score from Tim Burton’s the Nightmare Before Christmas performed live by a symphony orchestra. Visit DrPhillipsCenter.org for more information.

In keeping with the cult classic Nightmare Before Christmas theme, join the city for a spook-tacular showing of the film outdoors at Lake Eola Park on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. Visit orlando.gov for the full Movieola schedule.

As always, thanks for your support of our venues and our great city. I look forward to seeing you out and about this month, or always feel free to drop me a line at robert.stuart@orlando.gov.

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