Olympus Event Center Coming to Clermont | Sports Destination Management

Olympus Event Center Coming to Clermont

May 26, 2023

Olympus, Florida's most exciting new community and sports destination, today announced plans for the Olympus National Event Center to host events organized and operated by the AAU Florida Regional District, one of two Districts in the State of Florida. Spanning more than 100,000 square feet, this unique indoor facility will celebrate “Sports For All, Forever” through high-tech training studios and immersive event venues for competitions.


“The Event Center will be a one-of-a-kind destination that highlights Olympus’ commitment to elevate sports and offer athletes and fans new, immersive venues that are designed to inspire and create moments of celebration and connection,” said Matt Carroll, Olympus Senior Advisor, Sports Development.


“Our aim is to support and enhance the athlete’s journey and dedication, while at the same time creating a place filled with exciting experiences in a location that is truly special and unique in the whole world,” added Carroll.


Brian Bulthuis, Clermont City Manager, said: “We look forward to welcoming the Event Center to the Olympus community and destination, and to the Clermont-Wellness Way Area. With today’s announcement, Clermont is truly solidifying its reputation nationally as the ‘Choice of Champions,’” added Bulthuis.


Sean Parks, Lake County Commissioner, said: “Olympus continues to be a catalyst promoting growth and innovation in the Wellness Way area and, more broadly, Central Florida. We are thrilled that Olympus and AAU Florida Regional District are working to deliver this exciting Fieldhouse & Event Center in the heart of Wellness Way.”


Olympus announced that EDGE Sports Group, the premier athletic ecosystem specialists, will facilitate development and management of the Event Center, as well as the Ice Center and other venues at Olympus. “EDGE is a powerful addition to the Olympus team and we are confident in their ability to deliver on all aspects of sports venue development and management,” said Carroll.


Construction is anticipated to begin in 2024. Programming plans for the facility include: main floor area to house multiple basketball and volleyball courts; training studios for martial arts, dance, gymnastics and more. Architectural plans are expected to be completed by the end of 2023 and are being directed by the Olympus Sports Team, with input from EDGE Sports Group and the AAU Florida District.


The economic impact of the Event Center is expected to add substantially to the significant impact of approximately $1.5 billion already projected for the overall Olympus development at buildout. Facilities of similar scale and purpose can generate in excess of $1 billion in net new spending, hundreds of thousands of visitors, tens of thousands of hotel room nights, hundreds of jobs, and more.


“The Event Center will shine a spotlight on amateur sports at Olympus and serve as the premiere destination for sports training and competition,” said Carroll. “Our vision is to lead sports innovation by placing the athlete at the center of the experience.”


The Sports Campus is located at the highest elevation on the Olympus property, overlooking the internal lake with dramatic views of Central Florida. It is designed to include a range of traditional and emerging sports across indoor and outdoor training and competition venues. At full buildout, it will offer a year-round schedule of amateur, collegiate and elite events, onsite hospitality and entertainment, and an all-encompassing Athlete Center and Performance Institute –– complete with the highest-level sports training and conditioning, nutrition services, and broadcast/media technology –– as the cornerstone.


In addition to the Sports Campus and the Event Center, plans for Olympus include a 5,800-seat, multi-purpose Arena, featuring connectivity and proximity to major local and federal roads, highways and the Lake/Orange Expressway, an estimated $3.2b roadway project. The Arena will serve as a home for Central Florida professional and amateur sporting events, concerts, performing arts, conventions and more.


Sports Campus plans further call for: an international soccer center comprised of a 3,500-seat soccer stadium and multiple soccer pitches; a 4.5-mile trail system for triathlon and other special events; a beach volleyball pavilion; an Ice Center (twin ice pads for ice hockey and figure skating); and the largest authentic red-clay tennis court center in the U.S., capable of hosting large-scale events on par with major international tennis competitions.


Additional details regarding the Event Center building design, programming and events will be announced in the months ahead. To follow the development of Olympus, for more information or to inquire about opportunities, visit olympusorlando.com.

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