Sports - April 27, 2018

The making of Lake Nona’s sports empire

Since 2014, developer Tavistock Group has been building a sport and performance district unlike any other in the United States, untethered to a stadium or a team. The Lake Nona Sports & Performance District is designed as a forward-thinking platform for sports-related organizations in performance, training, nutrition and health technology.

Lake Nona’s Sports and Performance District creates opportunities and environments to advance sports science and athletic and personal performance. Developed in collaboration with long-term partners and anchored by the USTA’s National Campus, Orlando City Soccer’s training facility, Drive Shack golf experience, KPMG’s global training campus, and the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, this athletic district pushes limits and tests boundaries.

Florida’s year-round climate and supportive sports culture make it attractive to athletic organizations around the world, and Lake Nona expands upon that by offering a unique collection of world-class partners and physical assets. The Sports District provides vital resources to elite training and product testing. Also, the potential to design new, innovative facilities to inspire human potential.

The sports district also has plans for a new eight-story Lake Nona Resort catering to sports performance and well-being, plus a planned water sports park.

At the head of many of those discussions is Andy Odenbach, vice president of sports ventures with Tavistock Development Co. He is spearheading many efforts to develop Lake Nona into one of the most cutting-edge sports communities in the world.

In an interview to the Orlando Business Journal, Odenbach said that the Tavistock is working on some significant projects right now for Lake Nona and we should expect great news in 2018. Also, Tavistock recently announced a 110,000-square-foot-plus, medically-integrated fitness facility, in partnership with Signet and Integrated Wellness Partners, during the last Lake Nona Impact Forum.

Furthermore, Odenbach said to OBJ that at Lake Nona, people recognize that Tavistock is building a city within a city. And, it’s not about a developer and the residents who happen to live there. It’s an entire ecosystem of people, families, workers, companies, ideas, and values that together create this place where great things can happen.

The Sport and Performance District is an excellent place for athletic training. With access to state-of-the-art sports campuses, medical facilities and more, Lake Nona is the prime destination for professional and everyday athletes.

About Lake Nona:

Orlando’s Lake Nona is one of the fastest growing communities in America. It has more than $3 billion in construction across 7.1 million square feet of world-class residential and commercial facilities.  The 11-square-mile master-designed community is home to thoughtfully designed neighborhoods, world-class education facilities, and Lake Nona Medical City. Also, a Sports & Performance District highlighted by USTA’s New Home of American Tennis – the most extensive tennis facility in the world, diverse workspaces, recreational facilities, retail centers, and entertainment venues encompassing the best Orlando has to offer with all the conveniences of a dynamic, vibrant community. Driven by a long-term vision, Lake Nona is committed to building an innovative community focused on sustainable design, and healthy living.


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