The Orlando Predators stampede into the Arena Football League’s 25th season boasting the debut of a new head coach and retooled roster. Former Predators player and Winter Park native Bret Munsey brings with him both a new playbook and ArenaBowl championship expectations, telling the Orlando Sentinel upon his hiring, “[The Predators] want to win [this] year, and I’ve got to find a way to do that.” The front office has contributed to the championship campaign with new additions on both sides of the ball. Recently acquired quarterback Trevor Harris will compete with Collin Drafts for the duties of breaking the team out of each huddle and igloo-encased locker room. On defense, new nose tackle Richard Clebert dominates the line of scrimmage by clogging foes’ running lanes, as he did in his last two seasons on a pair of ArenaBowl championship teams.
Donning armor of red, purple, and gold, Orlando City has established itself as one of the USL Pro’s most dominant teams, winning USL Pro championships in 2011—its inaugural season—and 2012. After their second championship, the squad’s success attracted the attention of the MLS’s Sporting Kansas City, who will serve as Orlando City’s parent squad for two years, beginning with the 2013 season.
Give your favorite urethane orb a stroll down any of Ormond Lanes’ 40 bowling-ball boulevards, where it can end its night with a session of candy-striped-pin canoodling. Automatic scoring saves time between slinging spheroids, while shoe rental keeps feet from slipping through the ground into the alternate dimension that exists beneath all bowling alleys. Ormond Lanes is flanked by a coin-thirsty game room, hunger-sating Sandbagger Cafe, and the Kingpin Lounge, a sports bar illuminated by six high-definition televisions and a projection screen.
The self-proclaimed "world center of racing," Daytona Beach sits on the Atlantic along central Florida’s east coast. The city's love affair with motorsports began in the early 1900s, when industry pioneers would test their motorcycles and horseless carriages on the area's densely packed white sands. Today, visitors can still drive on designated areas of the 23-mile long beach. There, beachfront bars, volleyball matches, and skywriting hangman contests offer no shortage of entertainment. For an authentic motorsports experience, follow the sounds of engine roaring to the Daytona International Speedway, a 480-acre complex located across from the hotel. Guests can attempt a 16-second pit-stop challenge on a professional racecar and tour the official garages. Even non-racing fans can appreciate the g-force from inside one of Richard Petty Driving Experience’s ride-along stock cars, as a professional driver makes a three-lap trip around the speedway at speeds up to 160 mph ($135).Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.