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What and where to eat when at Orlando sporting events



Typically, we’d advise dining before you dash out to see the Lions, Solar Bears or Magic — paying $12 for a Bud Light is a drag. But if you must eat and imbibe at the event, make a beeline for these in-house restaurants, kiosks and counters once they’ve scanned your ticket.


Ballgames aren't exactly where you'd think to find fine dining, but Jernigan's Restaurant inside the Amway Center is just that. Make a reservation on the Amway Center website and be treated to a prix fixe meal in style while you watch our boys shoot threes. On the northwest corner of the Amway Center, where Church and Division meet, is Magic Grill, open before and during all games, concerts and other ticketed events; guaranteed, a giant burger at a comfy high-top in front of a giant flat screen is better than eating in the nosebleed seats. The Audi Sport Club at Orlando City Stadium is where season ticket holders can upgrade to a VIP experience – Kaká jersey and handshake not included. For the upgrade, you get unlimited domestic beer, plus carving stations, a charcuterie bar and upscale hors d'oeuvres.


Among the 12 permanent concession stands at the Orlando City Stadium, you're going to want to head straight for the Cuban Bowls stand. Yellow rice is topped with adobo-marinated pulled roast pork, black beans and marinated tomatoes. Or top your bowl with picadillo (spiced ground beef with olives and raisins). Some of your favorite Orlando-area nosh pits opened stadium-sized versions of themselves in the Amway Center, so if you're not cool with the uncertainty of something new, head for the old standbys: Bento Sushi and Black Bean Deli have kiosks on the Terrace level, and you can find Gringos Locos on both the Terrace and Promenade levels. Double Ds, anyone?


While the Amway Center does have full liquor bars on each level, the soccer stadium has the edge on cocktails – the Mason jar cocktails on the east end of the OC Lions' home are worth the hefty price tag. The Kingston, named after the club mascot, is a combination of whiskey, vermouth, sherry, and chocolate and orange bitters. Still feeling like a winner after that loss? One80 Skytop Lounge at the Amway Center is where true ballers go to make it rain. This spot has the best skyline view in town, so we suggest stealing away before the game to catch the sunset reflecting off the SunTrust building while sipping a vodka martini.


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