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TD Waterhouse Centre - Orlando, FL
The TD Waterhouse Centre in Orlando, Fla., tagged the O-Rena, began serving as a home to pay-per-view sports-entertainment events in 1990 when Royal Rumble was broadcasted from the arena. Hulk Hogan won the main event when he tossed Mr. Perfect over the ropes. WCW Bash at the Beach has also taken place in Orlando.
John Cena defended his title at the O-Rena on Jan. 30, 2006 in a memorable edition of Raw. SmackDown had a memorable night, too, on Feb. 3, 2006. Finlay substituted for Booker T and retained his United States Championship when he lost to Chris Benoit via disqualification.
The TD Waterhouse Centre is probably best known for hosting the NBA’s Orlando Magic’s home games. It is also home to the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League and has held hockey and WNBA teams, as well.
The arena, constructed in 1989, can seat over 18,000 people. It was previously called the Orlando Arena and Hummer Field before the name changed in 2006. It is owned by the TD Bank Financial Group, specifically the Waterhouse brand, which operates out of Canada.
The 1990 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament took place in Orlando. NBA fans were also there to see the 1992 NBA All-star game and part of the 1995 NBA Finals. The 1999 Unites States Figure Skating Nationals were also at the TD Waterhouse Centre.
Orlando is the largest inland city in the state of Florida. It is home to nearly 215,000 people and is best known for its tourist attractions, including Walt Disney World Resort, SeaWorld and Universal Orlando Resort. Nicknamed “The Beautiful City,” Orlando sees 52 million tourists each year. It features the University of Central Florida and Florida Hospital, which has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top infirmaries for eight consecutive years.