Sports Events & Activities for Adults in Orlando
Are you a sports fanatic? So is Orlando. From professional teams, sports complexes with global appeal, and some of the world’s best golfing, adults can have a great time watching sports — and playing them — while they're here. Between professional basketball and soccer, major NCAA football matchups, golf and tennis tournaments, and other winners, Orlando can bring all your sports fantasies to life. Get your game on during your next visit.
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Professional Sports in Orlando
Between professional basketball and soccer, hard-hitting football action, minor-league hockey, and more, it’s always game on in Orlando.
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Camping World Stadium
This legendary stadium in downtown Orlando features some of college football’s biggest games, including the Vrbo Citrus Bowl, the Cheez-It Bowl, the Florida Blue Florida Classic and more.
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Orlando City Soccer Club & Orlando Pride at Exploria Stadium
The Orlando City Soccer Club MLS team and the NWSL's Orlando City Pride women’s team are wildly popular. Accordingly, you can expect their home games at Exploria Stadium in downtown Orlando to be raucously fun. Numerous exhibition games and other soccer-related events are also held here, as is the annual college football Cure Bowl.
Orlando Magic & Orlando Solar Bears at Amway Center
Our first professional sports team, the Orlando Magic play a minimum of 41 games per season at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando. If you’re visiting from out of town, there’s always a chance to catch your favorite NBA team in action, too. Orlando’s ECHL hockey team, the Orlando Solar Bears, also plays home games at downtown Orlando’s Amway Center.
United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Campus
Open to the public, and located in Lake Nona just 15 minutes from Orlando International Airport (MCO), the massive, 64-acre USTA National Campus boasts unparalleled facilities and programs for tennis enthusiasts of all ages and skillsets. What’s more, many of its courts are free to play for visitors of all ages.
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ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Located at Walt Disney World® Resort, the 220-acre ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex facility hosts more than 170 professional and amateur sporting events throughout the year.
Golf Courses in Orlando
Given that golf can be played in Orlando all year long, it’s no surprise that numerous celebrity golfers and course designers have made their mark on our greens.
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Take Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge, for example. Located just 10 minutes from Universal Orlando Resort, the King’s namesake Orlando club offers golfing to club members and registered guests of the 70-room lodge. It also hosts the annual Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard.
More Palmer designs can be played at Shingle Creek Golf Course, which is adjacent to International Drive, and The Legends course at Orange Lake Resort, about 10 minutes from Walt Disney World Resort. On a related note, Walt Disney World Golf is operated by Arnold Palmer Golf Management and features three outstanding courses. Finally, Reunion Resort, about 15 minutes from Walt Disney World Resort, is the only club in the world to feature course designs by Palmer, Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus.
Speaking of Nicklaus, Grand Cypress Golf Club offers 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature-designed golf with four different 18-hole combinations. They’re just 10 minutes from Disney. If you prefer Rees Jones’ approach to course design, you’ll find his work at Waldorf Astoria® Golf Club, the first golf course for the Waldorf Astoria brand.
Greg Norman’s influence can be found on local courses, too, including those at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes. For Tom Fazio, check out Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando, less than 10 minutes from Walt Disney World Resort. Thanks to Orlando’s wide-open spaces and year-round gorgeous weather, there are plenty of other world-class golfing opportunities throughout the destination.