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Kia Center (Formerly Amway Center) — What You Need to Know

by Leap on January 10, 2024
Orlando

The premier sports and entertainment destination of downtown Orlando, The City Beautiful's Amway Center was recently renamed Kia Center. With its 180-foot tall tower serving as a beacon amid the downtown skyline, this state-of-the-art venue features 1,110 digital monitors, the tallest high-definition video board in an NBA venue and multiple premium amenities available to every patron. Keep reading to learn all about the amazing events you can see at this epic arena and how you can score awesome savings and deals on tickets!

Kia Center - Exterior

Overview of Kia Center

Home to the Orlando Magic, Orlando Solar Bears and Orlando Predators, the Kia Center opened Oct. 1, 2010, as the Amway Center. (The venue was renamed Dec. 20, 2023, in honor of Kia America's position as the official automotive partner of the National Basketball Association and Orlando Magic.) The arena has hosted numerous milestone events, including NBA All-Star Weekend, NCAA March Madness and Wrestlemania 33, as well as sold-out concerts, such as Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake. Over the course of a year, you'll find NBA and collegiate basketball, ice hockey, arena football, boxing, mixed martial arts, concerts, family shows, exhibitions and other major events hosted at this environmentally-friendly venue.

Location of Kia Center

Kia Center is located at 400 West Church Street. Conveniently situated in the heart of downtown Orlando, it's accessible via public transportation options, such as SunRail and LYMMO, and ride-share services, such as Uber and Lyft. When traveling in downtown, be sure to allow extra time due to ongoing I-4 Ultimate construction that can directly impact traffic flow around Kia Center.

Parking at Kia Center

Kia Center offers reserved/pre-paid parking in the GEICO Garage located at 400 West South Street which you can easily access from SR408 and I-4. Event parking at GEICO Garage is good for the entire day. However, re-entry isn't allowed. This rule also applies on days when an event has multiple showtimes. You'll also find convenient accessible parking in the GEICO Garage. Guests using the GEICO Garage may access the venue via the 5th-floor pedestrian bridge, which connects to Kia Center's Terrace Level (Level 3).

Parking is also available for purchase inside the HD Supply Garage located at West Pine Street near Division Avenue, a short five-minute walk from the arena. You can purchase parking through Ticketmaster.com or at the Kia Center Box Office during regular box office hours. Purchases must be made by 5 p.m. on the day of your event. VIP parking is available in the Blue Lot on the north side of the arena and is accessible via Division Avenue between Church Street and Central Avenue.

Additionally, the city of Orlando has downtown parking options available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking prices vary from $10-$20. You can reserve downtown parking via ParkMobile. Several of the surrounding surface lots and garages also have accessible parking spaces.

Seating at Kia Center

When it comes to sporting events, the most affordable seats are going to be in the Promenade. Sections 201 and 217 in the Promenade and 101 and 110 in the Terrace are going to place you directly behind the basket or goals, while sections 209 and 225 in the Promenade and 105-106 and 114-115 in the Terrace are going to place you half court or center ice. For hockey events specifically, check out sections 101, 102 and 118 for seats in the attack twice zone.

For concerts, if you're on a budget, sections 216-218 give you a clear view of the performers at an affordable price. If you want to avoid nosebleeds but still keep that clear-ahead view, try section 110. If you want an up-close view of your favorite artist, check out any of the eight sections of floor seating. Section F1 is going to give you the absolute closest view.

Handicap accessible seating is available in sections 101, 104-107, 113-116, and most odd-numbered sections in the Promenade. Guests with sensory sensitivity concerns can request a free bag of noise-canceling headphones, among other items, to ensure an enjoyable event experience!

For awesome deals and savings on sports and concerts, purchase your tickets to events at Kia Center through Undercover Tourist, which has been a trusted ticket seller for over 20 years and offers a 100% buyer guarantee.

What to Know Before You Go to Kia Center

Kia Center - Interior "AmwayCenter56" by Jeff Kern is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Here are a few tips and tidbits you should know before visiting Amway Center-turned-Kia Center:

  • From sit-down dining above the arena floor to beautiful vistas from the rooftop bar to grab-and-go options, Kia Center offers something for every palate and budget. Visit the Kia Center website to see all the delectable dining experiences.
  • Outside food and beverages aren't permitted in the arena, but individual exceptions can be made for medical purposes.
  • Bags are also not permitted at Kia Center events. Guests are permitted to bring one small clutch that is 4.5" x 6.5" x 1" or smaller. Medical and parent bags (14" x 14" x 6" or smaller) are exceptions but will be subject to X-ray at designated locations for entry into Kia Center.
  • Binoculars are permitted to most events but that is subject to change, without notice, at the discretion of the event producer.
  • No need to return certain items — such as oversized bags, laptops and cameras — to your car at the risk of being late! Kia Center utilizes Binbox smart lockers so guests can safely secure their belongings outside of the arena. If needed, you can store your items in one of several contactless lockers located on the street-level plaza on the northwest corner of the arena by Big Storm Brewery. Download the Binbox app before your first use!

Upcoming Events at Kia Center

From Magic and Solar Bears games to Paul McCartney and Billie Eilish concerts, Kia Center hosts roughly 225 events a year. Here's a look at some of the most anticipated events happening at this LEED Gold-certified arena:

Have you been to Kia Center (formerly Amway Center)? Are you planning on attending an event there in the future? Let us know in the comments below!

Related: A Fan's Guide to the Orlando Magic

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