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Orlando City Stadium
Orlando City Stadium
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Location 655 West Church Street, Orlando, Florida 32805[1][2]
Coordinates 28°32?28?N 81°23?21?W / 28.5410645°N 81.389035°W / 28.5410645; -81.389035Coordinates: 28°32?28?N 81°23?21?W / 28.5410645°N 81.389035°W / 28.5410645; -81.389035[2][3]
Public transit Local Transit SunRail Church Street Station
Local Transit Lynx 21, 62, 319
Owner Orlando City SC
Operator Orlando City SC
Executive suites 31[4]
Capacity 25,500[5]
Field size 120 yd × 75 yd (110 m × 69 m)[6]
Acreage 10
Surface Grass
Scoreboard Panasonic[7]
Construction
Broke ground October 16, 2014[8][9]
Opened February 24, 2017 (2017-02-24)[14][15][16]
Construction cost $155 million[10]
Architect Populous[11]
Project manager ICON Venue Group[12]
Structural engineer Walter P Moore[13]
Services engineer M-E Engineers, Inc.[13]
General contractor Barton Malow[12]
Tenants
Orlando City SC (MLS) (2017-present)
Orlando Pride (NWSL) (2017-present)[17]
Orlando City B (USL) (2017-present)

Orlando City Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium in downtown Orlando, Florida. It is the home venue for the Orlando City SC, which entered Major League Soccer (MLS) as an expansion franchise in 2015, and their National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) sister club, the Orlando Pride. The stadium was completed in time for Orlando City's first home game of the 2017 season on March 5.

The stadium is located along West Church Street in the Parramore neighborhood west of Downtown Orlando.

History

In April 2013, the City of Orlando purchased downtown land for $8.2 million to be used towards the construction of a $110 million MLS soccer stadium.[18] However, in May, the Florida House of Representatives failed to vote on a bill that had passed the Senate that would have provided up to $30 million in state funds towards the stadium project. Orlando City SC President Phil Rawlins responded by expressing his intent to find alternative funding and keep seeking MLS expansion.[19]

The Orlando downtown soccer stadium moved closer to securing funding on August 8, 2013, when Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer reached an agreement on a deal to provide financial support for a variety of Orlando projects including the new MLS soccer stadium.[20] The last piece in stadium funding was an October 2013 vote on using an existing tourism tax to fund the final quarter of the $80 million stadium project.[21] On October 22, 2013, the Orange County Board of Commissioners voted 5-2 to approve the use of $20 million in tourist development tax funds to build an $84 million multi-purpose soccer stadium in downtown Orlando.[22]

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced on December 11, 2013, that the 2016 and 2017 NCAA Women's College Soccer Championship would be held at the new stadium.[23][24]

On August 4, 2014, the team announced that the stadium location would be moved one block west, to avoid having a delay to the opening day, due to Faith Deliverance Temple fighting the city's eminent-domain claim. The new location resulted in the closure of Parramore Avenue between Church Street and Central Boulevard in February 2015,[25] as the stadium was built right on top of where the road currently runs.[2][3]

The club played their 2015 MLS inaugural season home matches at Citrus Bowl.[26] On January 13, 2016, club president Phil Rawlins announced that construction of the team's stadium was taking four months longer than expected and that the team would play all of the 2016 season at the Citrus Bowl (since renamed Camping World Stadium).[27]

Financing

Orlando City SC's owners announced on May 29, 2015, that the stadium would be privately funded by Orlando City SC and not the city. They also announced they would upgrade the stadium's capacity from 19,000 seats, to somewhere between 25,000 and 28,000 seats. The new plan was unveiled on July 31, increasing capacity to 25,500 by adding seats to the south end to maximize seats without major design changes that would set back the project by an additional year. Costs also rose from $110 million to $155 million.[28]

As part of the private funding venture for the new stadium, at least $15 million has come from 30 foreign investors in countries such as Brazil and China via the EB-5 investment program, which grants American visas in exchange for a $500,000 investment in the project.[29]

More foreign investors looking to obtain green cards through the EB-5 program are joining this project, which has already created around 1000 jobs and is expected to create around 1000 more in an area that much needed its economic growth. This project is still open and more information can be obtained by contacting the American Regional Center Group.

Design

The team released artistic renderings of the stadium on December 11, 2012.[30] On September 30, 2013, the architectural firm Woods Bagot released their drawings of the stadium on their website. The team announced that these drawings were released without their knowledge or input, and that they had not selected an architect yet. Woods Bagot proceed to remove the images from their website.[31] The design phase began on January 7, 2014, when Mayor Buddy Dyer and some of the Orlando City SC staff traveled to Kansas City to begin working with the design firm Populous.[11]

The original renderings of the stadium proposed 18,000 seats, including 2,500 club seats. It would also have 300 seats in specialty suites. The stadium's square footage is about 290,000 square feet, with 120,000 square feet devoted to the bowl. It is also supposedly going to have bars, retail shops, and restaurants.[32]

Additional renderings and information about the stadium were released on June 10, 2014,. The stadium has an open plaza, where those passing by can see inside, since the field is 8 feet below street level.[33] It was initially planned to have a seating capacity of 19,500, with the structural ability to expand to 25,000 in the future. This was changed in May 2015 to simply building room for 25,000 in the initial construction, rather than waiting for another construction period.[34] The field is grass, with canopies over fans to protect them from the elements and to increase noise levels. A four times life size lion sculpture was planned overlook the entrance.[5] Just before a game begins, the lion would have rotate 180° to "watch" the action. A festival plaza lined with palm trees on the south end of the plaza, just outside the main entrance at Church Street and Terry Avenue was built (the streets are closed to vehicles during events). A balcony-style bar just below the video scoreboard with a 360° view was planned as well. A seating section on the north end is dedicated to members of supporters' clubs. As proposed -- and if building codes allow -- it has no seats, but rails and extra room for "safe standing". The supporters' section would also have its own "pub-style" area.[4][35]

Aerial view of Orlando City Soccer Stadium
Aerial view of Orlando City Stadium

Heineken announced a partnership with multiple MLS teams on November 12, 2014, including Orlando City SC, making Heineken the official beer of the team as well as giving Heineken naming rights to the ground level bar on the south side of the stadium. In addition to the announcement, a new rendering of the south side from inside the stadium was released.[36]

Panasonic was announced as the team's "Official Technology Partner" on December 17, 2014, in exchange for Panasonic providing on-field and fascia LED boards, the main scoreboard on the south end of the field, and dozens of flat panel television screens throughout the stadium in suites, offices and work areas. In addition, Panasonic provides technology solutions such as security cameras, control room and other key components for the new stadium.[7]

The stadium includes 49 rainbow-colored seats in Section 12 as a memorial that honors the victims of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting.[37][38]

International matches

Men's matches

Date Team #1 Result Team #2 Competition Attendance
October 6, 2017[39]  United States 4-0  Panama 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification - CONCACAF Fifth Round 25,303

References

  1. ^ Wiebe, Andrew (November 20, 2013). "Orlando City President Expects New Stadium to Have "Most Intense Atmosphere in the Whole of MLS"". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Orlando City Soccer announces new stadium location". WOFL. Orlando. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Wiebe, Andrew. "Orlando City SC shift soccer-specific stadium site one block west as city drops eminent-domain claim". MLSsoccer.com. Major League Soccer. Retrieved 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Orlando City Launches Public On-Sale for 2016 Season Tickets; Provides Update on Downtown Stadium". July 31, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "New Stadium". orlandocitysc.com. Orlando City SC. Retrieved 2015. 
  6. ^ de los Rios, Gabriel; Calderon, Rudy (March 2, 2017). "All 22 MLS stadiums for the 2017 season". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Orlando City SC Forms Multi-year Partnership with Panasonic". OrlandoCitySC.com. Orlando City Soccer Club. Retrieved 2014. 
  8. ^ "Orlando City Stadium Groundbreaking Set For October 16". Orlando City Soccer Club. Retrieved 2014. 
  9. ^ "Your City Your Stadium: Update on Proposed Stadium Opening". Orlando City Soccer Club. Retrieved 2016. 
  10. ^ Tenorio, Paul (July 31, 2015). "Orlando City reveals new design of $155 million, 25,500-seat stadium". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Schlueb, Mark (January 7, 2014). "Architects, Dyer and Lions to Brainstorm Ideas for MLS Stadium Design". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on January 7, 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Populous, Barton Malow and ICON Venue Group Announced as Core Members for New Downtown Stadium Project". Orlando City Soccer Clube. Retrieved 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Burney, Teresa (June 26, 2015). "New Orlando City Soccer Stadium Bidding Delayed". Growth Spotter. Retrieved 2017. 
  14. ^ Kelly, Jason (February 24, 2017). "Orlando City Soccer Club unveils new Parramore stadium". WFTV. Orlando. Retrieved 2017. 
  15. ^ DelGallo, Alicia. "Orlando City to hold ribbon-cutting, tours at new stadium". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2017. 
  16. ^ DelGallo, Alicia. "Orlando City Stadium ribbon-cutting focuses on Parramore community". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2017. 
  17. ^ "Orlando City to Launch the Orlando Pride NWSL Team; Announce Head Coach". orlandocitysc.com. Orlando City SC. Retrieved 2015. 
  18. ^ "Dyer Opens Up About Land Purchase for New MLS Stadium". WFTV. Orlando. April 17, 2013. Retrieved 2013. 
  19. ^ "Orlando City Determined to Join MLS Despite Legislation Impasse in Florida House". Major League Soccer. May 6, 2013. Retrieved 2013. 
  20. ^ Kennedy, Paul (August 9, 2013). "Mayors Line Up Behind Orlando Stadium Deal". SoccerAmerica. Retrieved 2013. 
  21. ^ Straus, Brian (September 13, 2013). "MLS Expansion Team Likely Heading Atlanta's Way". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on May 13, 2014. Retrieved 2013. 
  22. ^ Schlueb, Mark; Damron, David (October 22, 2013). "'We Are Going MLS!' Pro Soccer Stadium Is Coming to Orlando". The Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2014. 
  23. ^ "2014-18 NCAA Championship Sites". NCAA.com. National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 2014. 
  24. ^ "Women's College Cup returning to Cary, North Carolina in 2016". NCAA.com. 
  25. ^ Hudak, Stephen (February 9, 2015). "Part of Parramore Avenue to close for soccer stadium". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2016. 
  26. ^ "Orlando City SC Launches Season Ticket Deposit Campaign for Inaugural MLS Season". Orlando City SC. May 13, 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  27. ^ "Orlando City delays debut of new downtown stadium until 2017". Orlando Sentinel. January 13, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  28. ^ Tenorio, Paul (July 31, 2015). "Orlando City unveils plans for new $155 million, 25,500-seat soccer stadium". The Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2015. 
  29. ^ Belson, Ken (May 16, 2016). "Price for a Green Card: $500,000 Stadium Stake". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016. 
  30. ^ Bilbao, Richard (December 12, 2012). "Orlando City Soccer Talks More About Future Stadium". Orlando Business Journal. Retrieved 2013. 
  31. ^ Savino, Christopher (September 30, 2013). "UPDATE: Woods Bagot Releases Renderings of Proposed Orlando City SC Stadium". Business of Soccer. Retrieved 2013. 
  32. ^ "Details Released on New Orlando Soccer Stadium". WFTV. Orlando. March 26, 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  33. ^ "General Info". orlandocitysc.com. Orlando City SC. Retrieved 2017. 
  34. ^ Tenorio, Paul (May 29, 2015). "Orlando City to privately finance soccer stadium, pay back city". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2017. 
  35. ^ "Orlando City SC release renderings of new downtown stadium to be completed in 2016". Major League Soccer. June 10, 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  36. ^ "Orlando City SC Joins Heineken Roster". orlandocitysc.com. Orlando City SC. Retrieved 2014. 
  37. ^ "Orlando City Dedicates June 18 Match to #OrlandoUnited". orlandocitysc.com. Orlando City SC. Retrieved 2016. 
  38. ^ "Orlando City SC stadium honors Pulse shooting victims". Sports Illustrated. 
  39. ^ Wahl, Grant (October 7, 2017). "USA stars point to stout planning to cure WCQ woes". Sports Illustrated. 

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Preceded by
Camping World Stadium
Home of Orlando City Soccer Club
2017-present
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Camping World Stadium
Home of Orlando Pride
2017-present
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Titan Soccer Complex
Home of Orlando City B
2017-present
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Avaya Stadium
Host of the Women's College Cup
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