Amway Center events: What you need to know

The ribbon-cutting that marks the official opening of the Amway Center arena is this morning, and there's a community open house Saturday. The free events are expected to draw tens of thousands of people — and perhaps strain the parking system and traffic grids around the new arena. Here's what you need to know:

•Today, entertainment starts at 9:30 a.m. on the plaza outside the Amway Center, at West Church Street and Hughey Avenue. At 10:01 a.m., VIPs will cut the ribbon, and then everyone will go inside for Mayor Buddy Dyer's "State of the Downtown" speech.

•On Friday, parking is free in the two city garages closest to the venue. The West Church Street garage is accessible from Hughey Avenue just north of Church Street. The Geico garage, which is connected to the arena by a pedestrian bridge, has two entrances; the Division Avenue entrance is accessible from the Anderson exit on I-4 westbound. Visit for more parking information.

•You need a ticket for the Saturday open house, but if you don't already have one, it's too late: They've all been taken. If you have a ticket, free parking will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in city garages and lots. Visit for a parking map.

•Division Avenue between Church and South streets is closed until 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Church Street between Division and Hughey avenues is closed until 6 a.m. Monday.

•Free Lymmo buses will run every four minutes for the Friday and Saturday events. Visit for a bus map.

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