Frequently Asked Questions
What is the status
of the other Community Venue projects?
The public dollars are committed to both the Citrus Bowl and Performing Arts Center projects. The Citrus Bowl is currently putting the construction team in place and working on schematic designs. Early construction work will begin late in 2013 with demolition of the lower seating bowls to begin in January 2014.
The 1st stage of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is under construction with an open date of 2014. The public dollars for the 2nd stage are already committed and once the private philanthropic dollars are raised Stage 2 construction can commence.
Why not just use the Citrus Bowl to house an MLS team?
There are a number of cities being considered for expansion by MLS. The MLS Commissioner has said they will only expand to a community that has a “soccer-specific stadium.” This is their proven business model.
What does a “soccer-specific stadium” mean?
In order for a stadium to accommodate Major League Soccer the stadium must include a roof over the fans, but not the field and be approximately 18,000 seats. This keeps the noise inside the stadium creating a more exciting atmosphere that is unique to professional soccer. This is also more advantageous here in Florida due to our weather. However, this does not mean other events can’t be held at this stadium. In fact, if Orlando were to build a new stadium it would hold other events like lacrosse, rugby and band championships.
During the re-construction of the Citrus Bowl, why not just add in a roof?
Architects evaluated this option and it was determine the cost would be the same if not more as building a new stadium suitable for soccer. Additionally, this size of a stadium is not conducive to the professional soccer atmosphere which keeps the noise inside the stadium creating a more exciting experience that is unique to professional soccer.
Why use funding from the TDT?
Just as with the other venues the most logical funding source from the County is Tourist Development Tax which is designated for this type of use and cannot be used for schools, police, transportation. Additionally, with this proposal, the ownership of Orlando City Soccer has been working with Visit Orlando to develop a long-term, in-kind contribution that supports Visit Orlando’s strategic marketing objectives with things like print advertising, online marketing and celebrity promotion.
The Seattle MLS Team Plays in a Football Stadium?
The Seattle stadium when constructed was designed for both football and soccer with the roof overhang as part of the original design. This stadium cost $360 million to construct. During the design phase of the Citrus Bowl reconstruction, the architects evaluated the option of adding a roof over a section of the stands it was determine the cost would be the same if not more as building a new stadium suitable for soccer.
Why is it important to pursue MLS now?
Currently, there are not any MLS teams in the southeast part of the country. Orlando is currently a top city being considered but other markets including Miami, Atlanta and others are also pursuing MLS teams. David Beckham has recently heightened the effort to bring an MLS team to Miami. MLS is expected to make a decision on the expansion cities this summer. After that it will be uncertain when and if the MLS will expand again.