The Osceola County Historical Society recently had the privilege of attending a private behind-the-scenes tour of Osceola Heritage Park. Here is a little history and glance of what goes on behind the curtains of all the concerts, events, and trade shows that take place at our very own Osceola Heritage Park.
Osceola Heritage Park opened its doors in 2003. With 195 wide-open acres, the 10,000 seat Silver Spurs Arena, the 90,000 square foot Events Center and 5,400 seat Stadium, Osceola Heritage Park is truly one of a kind and is the only venue in Central Florida with these features. Managed by SMG, Osceola Heritage Park operates 365 days a year and consists of six departments: finance, marketing, food and beverage, administration, operations, and event services.
Approximately 600,000 people visit the complex each year. Mecum Auctions comes every January and is the largest collector car show in the world attracting over 70,000 people and selling over $90 million worth of cars. The RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo along with the Silver Spurs Rodeo continue the ranching and rodeo heritage of Osceola County. High school graduations, basketball tournaments, concerts, comedy shows, trade shows, rallies and festivals are just a few of the events held at Osceola Heritage Park. Country Thunder Music Festival is coming in March 2019 featuring Luke Bryan, Toby Keith and Luke Combs. This three-day country music festival is held on their “back forty” lot which is located behind the Silver Spurs Arena. Also coming to the Silver Spurs Arena this November will be the Orlando Seawolves, the professional indoor soccer team.
Keeping the history of the Silver Spurs Arena alive are areas on the walls that lead to the backstage dressing rooms with drawings of Sesame Street characters and autographs of past performers in black magic marker. The walls have a new color but the areas with the special memories remain the same.
The Arena also features the Heritage Club, which is the new state- of-the-art meeting and party space. This space features a full bar with15 high-definition flat screens The Heritage Club has their own “Wall of Fame”, where they have on display autographed framed pictures of celebrities and important public figures who have visited the location. There is a fee-based membership, which includes a “members only” themed event one Friday of every month. The Heritage Club is available for public rentals, with in- house catering provided by Savor.
Osceola Heritage Park’s Events Center holds a number of trade shows, meetings, luncheons, and even smaller sporting events such as boxing. This location recently held the Just Breathe Antique Market, Discover Osceola, and the Anything but Garbage Indoor Garage Sale. The Events Center Exhibit Area can be divided into multiple rooms which make the space available to host more than one event at a time. There are two Banquet Halls in the front of the building, the Kissimmee Room and the St. Cloud Room. Both halls have the flexibility to be divided into smaller banquet rooms. TheKissimmee Room can be divided into three rooms and the St. Cloud Room into two rooms.
Another great feature to Osceola Heritage Park is their baseball stadium. Did you know that the Osceola County Stadium was built in 1984 and expanded in 2003? Osceola County Stadium is home to the Florida Firefrogs. The Florida Firefrogs were founded in 2017and are theClass A-Advanced affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. Baseball fans have the opportunity to cheer on the team while watching from comfort of the bleachers or in the Member’s VIP Boxes. Either way it makes for a fun and memorable experience.
Be on the lookout for upcoming events at Osceola Heritage Park by visiting https://www.ohpark.com/events.
Photo Courtesy: Osceola Heritage Park, Kimberly Quiroz