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Be sure to enjoy the high-flying excitement of NBA hoops on your next visit to Florida – the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic treat basketball fans in the area to thrilling games.
In Orlando, the Magic play home games at the Amway Center, and the Heat play home games at the AmericanAirlines Arena, just along the shore of Biscayne Bay in Miami. From Winter Park to Tavares, or Hallandale Beach to Kendall, the dunks, swats, and buzzer-beaters are a short drive away.
Plan your visit for Orlando area – or nearby cities like Lake Buena Vista and Sanford – and head for the Amway Center right in downtown Orlando.
The Magic have been playing home games at Amway Center since it opened in 2010, previously having played at the Orlando Arena – affectionately known as the O-Rena.
Orlando features a dedicated and loyal fan base, many of whom drive in for home games from Kissimmee, or from as far south as Auburndale. The Magic are well-known for having drafted all-pro players Shaquille O’Neal, Penny Hardaway, and Dwight Howard.
Closer to the Keys in south Florida, take in a Miami Heat game at AmericanAirlines Arena. Drive in from North Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or Florida City during the fall and watch the Heat alley-oop their way to victory.
The Heat were founded in 1988, originally playing all home games at the Miami Arena – it was 2000 when AmericanAirlines Arena opened and became the new home of the Heat. The Heat have had a relative amount of success, winning multiple NBA Championships and conferences titles.