Sports Illustrated Resort Hotel Coming to Orlando in 2024
ORLANDO — Sports Illustrated is launching a line of resorts for outdoor tourists and sports enthusiasts, and one of its first hotels will arrive in Orlando in 2024.
His name has not been made public, but he is part of the larger Sports Illustrated Resorts brand announced on Friday.
It is unclear where the Orlando destination hotel will be built. Some of the branded hotels will be on or near college campuses, according to the SI Resorts website.
Concept art of the Orlando location features a baseball diamond, climbing walls, a go-kart track titled “Naskart,” and basketball and baseball-shaped swimming pools next to a lazy river . An outdoor mall includes a building marked “SI City” and a food court called “Tail Gate Food Festival”.
Hotel development company ADMI Inc., which has worked on projects for Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, Disney Cruise Line and Universal Orlando, is developing the resort with Experiential Ventures Hospitality LLC and Authentic Brands Group.
Representatives for Authentic Brands Group, which manages the Sports Illustrated brand, did not immediately respond to a message requesting additional information about the station.
Orlando markets itself as a destination for sports teams and fans.
Beyond its own professional teams, Orlando has hosted high profile sporting events such as the 2020 NBA Bubble and the annual Citrus Bowl and other college football games. ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World offers sports facilities on more than 200 acres of the resort, and Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort will reopen next month after two years of closure due to the pandemic.
In a press release announcing Sports Illustrated Resorts, the company called the hotels “premium resort and entertainment destinations” that cater to guests seeking participatory experiences.
“We are thrilled to expand Sports Illustrated in such an exciting and interactive way, engaging travelers, families and sports fans like never before,” said Dan Dienst, executive vice president of Authentic Brands Group, in a statement. “ADMI’s vision for Sports Illustrated Resorts is to create a portfolio of immersive lifestyle properties that will become go-to destinations for individuals and families seeking active vacation experiences.”
The SI Resorts website says hotel locations will include beach clubs, “eco-adventure lodges” and golf getaways.
The first hotel will open at the Cap Cana Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic later this year. It will offer “an unlimited range of activities”, said the Authentic Brands group, which includes scuba diving, sport fishing, snorkeling, ziplining, horseback riding and golf.
The companies also plan to open Sports Illustrated resorts across the continental United States and in Hawaii, but specific future locations have not been announced.