Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  18 responses

Orlando’s New Arena: Best in the League?

The Magic say that their new gym is the best facility in the NBA, and well, the local paper is certainly convinced: “Seriously, Orlando Sentinel staffers were given a tour of the plush and palatial new Amway Center Tuesday, and three words kept popping into my head as we were shown around by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Magic President Alex Martins: Wow, wow and wow. This place is the anti- Citrus Bowl, which makes Orlando truly a unique place. What other city can say it has the best basketball arena and the worst football stadium in the country? The Amway Center has everything you could possibly imagine. Well, almost. The only thing missing is built-in catheters at every seat so fans don’t actually have to get up to go to the bathroom. ‘This place is the best of the best,’ Magic center Dwight Howard said. Sorry, Staples Center in Los Angeles, United Center in Chicago and TD Bank Arena in Boston. Orlando now has the American Idol of arenas, and everybody else is playing for second place. And that includes you, Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. You have just been dethroned as the NBA’s premier facility. ‘Conseco is a beautiful facility, but it’s not the best anymore,’ Martins says. ‘We have the best – bar none.’ Martins, of course, was instrumental in getting the place built. He lobbied, negotiated, pushed and prodded politicians to tap into the tourist tax in order to pay for the brunt of the project. For their part, the Magic chipped in nearly $100 million and built five community gyms throughout Orange County.”

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  • JTaylor21

    Of course it is with all the bricks they had from DHow missing from the FT line and paint.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    and with that ^^ there is nothing more to say.
    Well done JTaylor21

  • JMac

    great line JTaylor21

  • http://www.slamonline.com The Big Fundamental

    LOL @ JTaylor21

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  • simmerdown

    Haters among us trolololol Dwight will eat your players layups and dunks for an early morning snack when he plays them.

  • loveto

    Most beautiful arena ever

  • KING

    JTaylor just made my day lol

  • http://www.acb.com Alan

    and how many title banners does it have for being the best??

  • NJ4Life

    How bout the Prudential Center in Newark? They’ve got an awesome set up. And it’s the next newest arena in the league.

  • orl.chris

    ive been keeping tabs on this thing for a while now, and this place is going to be absolutely sick. cant wait for the season to start so i can get in there and cheer for my magic

  • http://dez@nba.com dez

    jtaylor cracked me up

  • Cool Dude

    Not often I see everyone applauding a jtaylor comment. Still, I must give props where it is due. Well done sir.

  • Brian

    All basketball arenas seem alike to me. I’m not sure what is supposed to set them apart from one another like a baseball stadium.

  • mubwar

    im still confuse at Superman being the 5th best player in the league…more like 25th cause ill take Bosh and Zac Randolf over him any time of the day…

  • Brittany

    Conseco fieldhouse in Downtown Indianapolis is The nicest areana in Sports. Its looks like a museum of basketball history when you walk around the concourse.. I love going to Pacers games!!!

  • Ali Saadat

    put Jtaylors comment in SLAM 143!!!

  • fruizm

    cosign ali saadat!!