ORLANDO, Fla. (WESH) – Officials at the Amway Center are hoping the venue will soon be back to its 100% capacity.
“We keep going the way we’re going, we’re really hopeful will be open in August at 100%,” said Craig Borkon said, the deputy chief for Orlando Venues.
He said an end-of-August comedy show should be at 100%.
The end of the year schedule includes multiple concerts each month to close out 2021.
The schedule will bring back 1,500 workers each event night.
“Getting those folks back to work, seeing those smiling faces come back to work where they haven’t been able to for over a year now, is going to be incredible — we can’t wait,” Borkon said.
Many of the shows are rescheduled from when everything closed down at the beginning of the pandemic.
Borkon said additional UV lighting inside Amway, vaccines in the arms of as many fans as possible, improved filtration and ventilation, along with other safety protocols, will help them achieve the full capacity goal.
“A 100% is a 100%, so I think we’re all hoping to get back to that and be shoulder-to-shoulder and not have to worry about some of the things we have to worry about today,” Borkon said.
“Once the vaccine and everything is rolled out, I think it’s a no-brainer, people will start feeling more safe and I think the sense of security will increase,” Eric DeJesus said.
Some Orlando Magic fans say a return of live concerts will be welcome.
“Once the public has the vaccine, I see it like a flu shot where we all get the flu shot and it’s safer. It will be nice to go back to a normal and enjoy some of the things we haven’t enjoyed in the last year,” Clara DeJesus said.
Since late August is the target, some details are yet to be worked out.