Orlando City Soccer Club Breaks Ground On New Downtown Stadium
October 30, 2014
Orlando City Soccer Club, Major League Soccer’s (MLS) newest expansion franchise, broke ground their new stadium on Wednesday, October 16th. The new stadium will be located in Parramore neighborhood, in between the newly renovated Citrus Bowl and the Amway Center. The groundbreaking was attended by about thousand fans, who marched from a pre-game party at Church Street Station to the new stadium site. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, and Major League Soccer President Mark Abbott were also in attendance, in addition to Orlando City Majority Owner Flávio Augusto da Silva and President and Founder Phil Rawlins,
The stadium is being designed and constructed by Populous, Barton Malow, and ICON Venue Group, who are widely renowned for previous works on venues such as Wembley Stadium, 02 Arena and Yankee Stadium. The new stadium will hold 19,500 and can expand to 25,000 in the future.
Orlando City Soccer Club will begin play in their new soccer-specific stadium in 2016. The Club’s inaugural season will begin in March 2015, and the home games will be played in the newly renovated Citrus Bowl.