This post is an update to our August 24, 2010 entry titled “Orlando’s New Amway Center Goes Green.”
Today, the City of Orlando and the Orlando Magic will announce that the Amway Center, the city’s entertainment venue and home of the Orlando Magic basketball team, has earned a “LEED Gold” certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. According to an article published today in the Orlando Sentinel, the Amway Center is the first new NBA arena to earn a “LEED Gold” certification. The Amway Center first opened in the fall of 2010, with the start of the Magic’s basketball season.
This award is a great signal for the state of sustainable development in the City of Orlando. Alex Martins, Orlando Magic president said, “We promised to create an arena that was civic-oriented, pedestrian-friendly and added to downtown development. We promised a sustainable arena, and are proud to say that with today’s announcement and with great teamwork, we have surpassed our goals for LEED certification.”