There is something in Orlando for every sports fan.
As a city known for its world-class theme parks, expansive resort options and thriving foodie scene, Orlando has a new dimension to add to its jam-packed playbook: sporting events, venues and fun activities. first order. And being one of the top leisure destinations in the country according to WalletHub, Orlando offers incredible opportunities for active visitors and sports enthusiasts. Between Central Florida’s temperate climate and the constant influx of domestic and international visitors, Orlando welcomes fans of all kinds to get excited about their favorite players and teams or join in and play themselves.
In 2021, Orlando was named one of the best cities for football fans by wallethub.com due to low ticket prices, fan engagement and stadium capacity. The MLS Team, Orlando Soccer Club, plays March through October at the 25,000-seat EXPLORIA Stadium in downtown Orlando. The stadium is shared by the Orlando Pride, Orlando’s women’s soccer team, which plays from April through October. In addition to MLS and NWSL games, Orlando regularly hosts international games, including The Florida Cupan annual tournament.
For football and international soccer fans, the 75,000 seats Camping World Stadium in downtown Orlando offers visitors a superb spectator experience. the VRBO Citrus Bowl, The Florida Blue Florida Classic and the Camping World kick off are all played at Camping World Stadium. the cactus bowl features teams from the ACC and Big 12 conferences.
The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World® Resort hosts more than 60 sports and thousands of events for athletes of all ages and skill levels.
The NBAs Orlando Magic is the city’s most famous sports team. Fans can find them at home games from October to April in the kits Amway Center, an 18,846-seat hall and one of the most technologically advanced in the world. Offering VIP appointments like luxury and mid-level club seating, a stunning art collection, a massive scoreboard, and multiple restaurants and bars, the flexible venue is an inviting space for die-hard fans and celebrities alike. to encourage the Orlando teams.
In addition to the Magic, the Amway Center is home to the Orlando Sun Bears, an affiliate of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and members of the ECHL, North America’s premier “AA” hockey league. In seven seasons of operation, the team has qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs five times. The regular season runs from November to April.
Orlando has a long history of golf enthusiasts choosing the area for their retreats, vacations, and retirement homes. Arnold Palmer, one of the world’s most beloved golfers, not only launched his own resort and golf course in Orlando, but also founded Golf Channel here. Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge is just one of more than 150 golf courses in the Orlando area, many created by renowned course designers and some featuring academies led by nationally recognized instructors. Major tournaments call Orlando home, including the Arnold Palmer invitation golf tournament, benefiting the Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Orlando, and Diamond Resorts Tournament of Championsan official LPGA event held at the Tranquilo Golf Course at the Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando.
Casual and competitive golfers will love Orlando’s variety of golf entertainment venues. Conveniently located on International Drive, Orlando’s Best Golf is a state-of-the-art golf course, with three levels and 102 air-conditioned hitting areas that can accommodate up to six players each. Close to Orlando International Airport and Orlando Medical City, Drive Shack Orlando offers 90 full-service, all-weather bays and unlimited golf balls.
In 2017, Orlando became the new home of American tennis, when the United States Tennis Association (USTA) opened a campus in the Lake Nona area of Orlando. The 63-acre complex features more than 100 courts (hard and clay) and a multi-purpose building with a pro shop, fitness center, locker rooms, cafeteria, and players’ lounge.
For intercollegiate sports enthusiasts, the University of Central Florida; members of the American Athletic Conference; and Rollins College, an NCAA Division II school in Winter Park; provide a full range of opportunities for spectators of sporting events in top-notch arenas and stadiums.
In 2019, Full Sail University Orlando opened the largest on-campus collegiate esports arena in the United States. The arena, known as The Fortress, hosts 100 esports athletes playing simultaneously, with over 500 spectators watching live.
Racing through a theme park takes on new meaning as you compete in unique racing events at Orlando’s world-famous theme parks. With castle views, character interactions and a race that raises funds for conservation, a medal has never been so rewarding.
runDisney hosts four race weekends throughout the year that include 5k, 10k, half marathon and full marathon options. Race participants pass through the Disney parks and can celebrate the end while enjoying a Disney vacation. runDisney is one of the most popular race organizers in the United States, with more than 188,000 runners participating in events throughout the year.
Run Universal’s Epic Character Race in June 2022 is a fun way to meet favorite characters, earn bragging-worthy medals, and enjoy an unforgettable 5k and 10k race weekend.
The Furry Friends Fun Race at SeaWorld Orlando in November gives runners the opportunity to enjoy the sights, sounds and favorite friends of Sesame Street while riding the park’s scenic trails and through the iconic Sesame Street neighborhood.
Find more sporting events on the Visit Orlando Events Calendar.
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