Orlando City Soccer Club to Privately Fund Stadium and Increase Capacity

On Friday, May 29, Orlando City Soccer Club (OCSC) and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced OCSC will privately fund the entire downtown stadium construction, allowing the project to move forward immediately with an expected completion date of summer 2016.

Orlando City Soccer Club stadium

The City of Orlando has agreed to sell the property in Parramore designated as the site for the downtown soccer stadium to OCSC, and the Club has agreed to develop the stadium. Orlando City SC will become the sole owners and operators of the venue.

Additionally, due to the overwhelming market response to Lions’ matches at home, OCSC will increase capacity in the new stadium to accommodate between 25,000 and 28,000 fans, and will provide additional enhanced amenities for a premium fan experience.

“We have repeatedly called Orlando the ‘Soccer Capital of the South’ and our fans continue to strengthen that reputation each and every week,” said President and Founder Phil Rawlins. “The incredible response from our fans and partners has led us to pursue a larger facility with enhanced amenities. We didn’t come here to be average, we came here to continually defy expectations and our vision for the new stadium will rank us among the top three clubs in MLS.

“Importantly, we remain committed to our neighbors in Parramore and our significant investment further validates that commitment,” Rawlins continued. “The new stadium will contribute to the economic growth of Parramore during construction and in its operation, and will be a point of pride for residents and fans alike.”

In its inaugural season, Orlando City has the second highest average attendance in MLS, drawing 37,400 per game.

For more information or to see a schedule of matches, visit orlandocitysc.com.

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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