Orlando, Fla. (Via Orlando City SC) – Orlando City SC President & Founder Phil Rawlins, City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs unveiled renderings for Orlando’s new downtown Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium to the public on Tuesday afternoon. The multi-purpose stadium features the following:
“This is yet another great step in our journey to Major League Soccer,” said Orlando City President Phil Rawlins. “We are developing a venue that will make soccer fans proud. We set out not just to build a stadium, but to push the envelope on design ideas and concepts. We took some of the best ideas from around the world and incorporated them into a venue which reflects our home in Florida.”
The new stadium is scheduled to open prior to the 2016 Major League Soccer season and will be located on Church Street, in a vibrant and expanding section of Orlando’s sports and entertainment district within the Parramore neighborhood. The stadium’s location is one block from the Amway Center – home of the Orlando Magic – allowing for synergy between the two facilities and increased activity in the surrounding area.
The stadium is being designed by Populous, aarchitecture firm that has designed a range of MLS and international soccer stadiums such as Sporting Park, BBVA Compass Stadium and Wembley Stadium.
Funding for the stadium has already been secured from the Club, State of Florida, City of Orlando, Orange County, Seminole County and Osceola County. The stadium will be owned and operated by the City of Orlando (via Orlando Venues, the same entity that owns and operates the Amway Center and Orlando Citrus Bowl).
During the construction of the new downtown stadium, Orlando City will play its entire inaugural Major League Soccer (MLS) season in 2015 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl, which is currently undergoing over $200 million in renovations. The Lions spent the previous three seasons at the Citrus Bowl, generating unprecedented success, including a minor-league championship event attendance record of over 20,000 fans at the 2013 USL PRO championship match.