SBD/May 16, 2014/Facilities

Magic Unveil Plans For Entertainment Complex, Including Possible Studio For Fox Sports

Development plans show the office building would include shopping and dining space
The Magic's new entertainment complex near the Amway Center will be "anchored by an aluminum-and-glass building wrapped with a massive video screen and capped with a rooftop terrace," according to Mark Schlueb of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. Development plans show the "sleek, six-story office building would include shopping and dining space on the first and second floors, with an open-air terrace on the second floor looking down on a large courtyard party plaza." The plaza also would feature "two large, oddly shaped 'kiosks.'" One is "identified in conceptual plans as an 'open-air retail pavilion.'" Magic CEO Alex Martins said that the team is "in discussions with Fox Sports network to use the other kiosk as a broadcast studio not only for Magic games but other programming." He added that the plan would be for Fox Sports to "move its Orlando offices from the Gateway Center just north of downtown into the new office building." Martins said that "no deal has been reached, but Fox Sports has shown 'extreme interest' in the idea." Meanwhile, outside on the plaza, plans call for "three 68-foot-tall 'media totems,' each adorned with multiple video screens." Even the "street itself could display advertising." The development is "split into two phases, representing an investment estimated" at $200M. The Magic on Tuesday are "seeking approval of plans for the first phase" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 5/16).
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