Through a public/private partnership, a new Major League Soccer stadium is being constructed in Downtown Orlando – it will be the future home of Orlando City Soccer Club and host to other major national events throughout the year. Scheduled to open in the 2016 MLS season, the stadium will have an initial capacity of approximately 19,500, aims to be LEED-certified, and will reflect the character and culture of the community, especially the surrounding Parramore neighborhood, to provide an unparalleled and truly unique fan experience.
Plans feature a 360-degree lower bowl, full roof canopies covering all seats, natural grass playing surface, fan plaza areas and multiple VIP hospitality areas including a Club Lounge, up to 38 luxury suites and an elevated 360-degree balcony style bar within the scoreboard structure. The supporters section features standing rails and an exclusive open-air ‘pub-style’ area on an elevated concourse. A larger-than-life lion statue will face Church Street and turn ceremoniously to face the stadium during matches.
The stadium broke ground in October 2014 and is being developed by Orlando City Soccer. Barton Malow will serve as the Construction Manager and Populous is the architect. One completed, it will be operated by the City of Orlando and owned by the Central Florida community. Community funding partnerships include the City of Orlando, Orlando City Soccer Club and Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties.
The soccer stadium is part of the Blueprint Initiative that ensures the local community benefits from the construction with 24 percent of the contracts going to minority or women-owned business enterprises. For more information, visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com/stadium.