Future Development at World Equestrian Center – Ocala
With the expectation of excellence and improvement always in mind, World Equestrian Center – Ocala aims to continue enhancing the experience for exhibitors, visitors and guests frequenting the 378-acre campus.
Find all the details about what’s next for WEC below and check back often to stay up-to-date on project progress.
Presenting The Next Evolution
With tremendous growth comes incredible opportunity. Browse current openings for future careers at our world-class facility.
The Shoppes Off 80th
The Shoppes Off 80th, an 80,000-square-foot outdoor shopping venue, will be situated adjacent to The Riding Academy Hotel and the Event Center at WEC. Effectively doubling the property’s existing retail with 28 new units, visitors and guests will be able to browse a swath of unique storefronts featuring luxury brands, all in one convenient location. The outdoor venue will feature luxury retailers such as Lugano Diamonds, Gucci, Ariat, The Debonair Collection, J. McLaughlin, Parlanti, Haala Denim and John Craig Clothier. Pre-lease options are currently available. Construction is set to begin in 2024.
The University of Florida Health Family Medicine Center (Phase I)
UF Health, a founding partner of WEC, will provide guests with the world-class expertise of academic-based medical care from a new, state-of-the-art, 10,000-square-foot Urgent Care facility on property. The UF Health Family Medicine Center offices are part of a larger complex featuring 10,000 square feet dedicated to retail storefronts, which will join the WEC network of more than 30 established retailers on property. Construction is currently underway.
Ralph L. Roberts Office Building (Phase II)
Additional retail space is available in a new, high-end commercial development. Offering 54,000 square feet of premier medical and Class A office space, the new two-story business center is fully customizable and will be a perfect fit for professional firms such as law firms, insurance companies, and more. Businesses will join the University of Florida in becoming part of an exclusive commercial community operating on the World Equestrian Center campus. Enjoy the new buildings and convenient location near major roadways, including I-75, Hwy 27, and Rte. 301, just minutes from the Ocala International Airport.
The Riding Academy Hotel
Coming Spring 2024
Joining The Equestrian Hotel, The Riding Academy Hotel will offer nearly 400 additional rooms and suites to visitors, guests and exhibitors looking to stay on-site. The pet-friendly hotel will include expansive, upscale accommodations with separate sleeping and living quarters and desirable in-room amenities, such as coffee makers, microwaves and pull-out sofa beds. Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool and sundeck, dual fitness centers, and lobby marketplace pouring Starbucks coffee, all just a golf cart ride away from the thriving complex center. Construction is currently underway.
The Event Center at WEC
Coming Summer 2025
From top-of-the-line technology to the finest finishes throughout its five stories, the Event Center at WEC will bring over 180,000 square feet of traditional meeting space and four additional dining concepts to the property, including two rooftop restaurants and bars. As an impressive new venue, the Event Center will be equipped with a grand ballroom for 500 guests, meeting rooms of varying sizes and pre-function space, dedicated bridal suites, banquet space, covered balconies, and an expansive outdoor event lawn and pavilion. Construction is currently underway.
Want to learn more about bringing your future event to this space? Contact us or submit a request for proposal.
Indoor Arena 6
Coming April 2024
A sixth climate-controlled indoor arena is anticipated near the existing Indoor Arena 5. Intended to serve as the primary competition site for the ever-growing base of FEI-level dressage exhibitors, the new indoor arena will be accompanied by seven additional outdoor rings for schooling and exhibition.
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