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I agree about the OPD delaying phase II big time.

 

I wonder if the City makes a deal with DeVos to pony up some $$$ for the new OPD HQ  to speed things up.

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Apparently, David Siegel has purchased the Orlando Predators and is in negotiations to bring them back to the AC.  This would be the right thing to do.  All of Orlando's professional sports teams in the same couple of blocks next to the coming Magic complex?  That's a good call.

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Numbers have been down at UCF despite the team faring better on the field. There's a contingent that actually believe moving sports to the burbs like UCF and IDrive or Disney is a good idea. The Preds and City Soccers stint at Disney give us the opportunity to tear down that hypothesis with data.

The only sport I suppose would do great in maybe Seminole county is minor league baseball. Family friendly pricing and atmosphere catering to communities that don't have a "we're too big for minor league baseball" mentality as Orlando tends to.

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Hopefully with that move, David Siegel will start investing in downtown Orlando. He wont let Magic make all the money. Time for a timeshare resort downtown...

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Great points.  Maybe Siegel can incorporate a deal with an upscale hotel chain where part of the hotel is timeshare.  May help with development and financing etc...

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Preds belong downtown.  A few years ago I think the other minor league hockey team we had (Seals?) played at Silver spurs Arena in St. Cloud...a little off the beaten path...

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They really need to bring back the ultra cheap seats.  Those Preds games were crazy fun when the upper deck was like $4 a ticket or something.  Parents packed the place with kids, who are by their very nature, LOUD.

 

It didn't seen to bother or lessen the people down below who were already going to buy normal tickets.  I'm sure Mr. Siegel can make it work.  Although I do understand a few things about economics, I'm no expert like he must be.  However, the cheap seats were a huge deal.

 

The overall price of tickets is too high, as well, if you compare it to other sports.  I've been a season ticket holder since 2003 and regularly going to games since 2001.  The Preds started charging prices that were comparable to the NFL... while I love the Preds, I'm not a fool.  I know the AFL product does not equal the NFL.  Stop trying to rip me off telling me that they are.  Let me enjoy the AFL for what it is.  In all honesty, the only reason I was still a season ticket holder in BOTH 2012 and 2013 was due to receiving hefty discounts.  I also dropped 4 (I think it was 4 or maybe even 5???) classes of tickets when they moved to UCF because I wasn't happy with the price structure, even with my hefty discount.  I went from a few rows up from the field to the upper deck.

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They really need to bring back the ultra cheap seats.  Those Preds games were crazy fun when the upper deck was like $4 a ticket or something.  Parents packed the place with kids, who are by their very nature, LOUD.

 

It didn't seen to bother or lessen the people down below who were already going to buy normal tickets.  I'm sure Mr. Siegel can make it work.  Although I do understand a few things about economics, I'm no expert like he must be.  However, the cheap seats were a huge deal.

 

The overall price of tickets is too high, as well, if you compare it to other sports.  I've been a season ticket holder since 2003 and regularly going to games since 2001.  The Preds started charging prices that were comparable to the NFL... while I love the Preds, I'm not a fool.  I know the AFL product does not equal the NFL.  Stop trying to rip me off telling me that they are.  Let me enjoy the AFL for what it is.  In all honesty, the only reason I was still a season ticket holder in BOTH 2012 and 2013 was due to receiving hefty discounts.  I also dropped 4 (I think it was 4 or maybe even 5???) classes of tickets when they moved to UCF because I wasn't happy with the price structure, even with my hefty discount.  I went from a few rows up from the field to the upper deck.

It also is an arena that is half the size, no? And I believe they doubled the price of the cheapest ticket from the last year at Amway Center? Its hardly fair to completely blame it on moving to UCF area. I don't like seeing sports with arenas half empty, I actually think with it being on campus with all the students there, if they didn't raise ticket prices, attendance wouldn't have dropped and the arena would have been fairly well packed. There's a big difference between moving to Disney's facility (which is terrible as no residents or any of their target market lives near it) and I think orlando city would have done fine (as a minor league team, the real pros need to be downtown) if they went to UCF instead of Disney for the season without so many problems.

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That whole I-4 corridor through downtown is going to look very different in a few years.  I-4 itself will be over large portions of Hughey and Garland and will heavily encroach on the buildings abutting each road.  They are going to ruin the view of that corner of the Amway Center, but, on the bright side, I-4 will be much higher off the ground and the pillars will take up less space.

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I think the tv screen in Amway is going to go bye bye because of the highway ramps 

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I'm one of the worst in history of a "Look at that over there where I'm pointing!" game... So pardon my incompetence, but uhhh where is the pillar going in that picture?

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2 hours ago, AndyPok1 said:

I'm one of the worst in history of a "Look at that over there where I'm pointing!" game... So pardon my incompetence, but uhhh where is the pillar going in that picture?

It's the white square on the intersection corner on the bottom.  Underneath the green of the left palm tree.

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Interesting.  Wonder if we can requested updated renderings because that definitely isn't shown on the public ones.

I put the blue X approx where that white square is.

amwaypillar.PNG

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12 hours ago, AndyPok1 said:

Interesting.  Wonder if we can requested updated renderings because that definitely isn't shown on the public ones.

I put the blue X approx where that white square is.

amwaypillar.PNG

I'd imagine it needs to be within the red humps of the ROW line.  So we could be looking at 4 pillars there potentially? I'm not sure why else they would have drawn the ROW line like that.

 

There is seemingly brown diamonds perhaps indicating pillars?

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23 minutes ago, alex said:

Is it the location of a new mast arm for signals/lights? 

Nope. Straddle fly over.  It's actually the black asphalt square. The white square was a mistake. 

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Brown are your straddle bents.  Think the braided ramp at Sand Lake Road or Goldenrod at 408 and how massive that is.   

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How will Hughey function in this area?  Seems like the brown diamonds conflict with Hughey.

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