Orlando City SC hosted a press conference to announce additional details about its new downtown stadium and unveiled a series of new renderings.
Majority Owner, Flavio Augusto da Silva, confirmed:
We are thrilled with the work to date and proud to unveil the latest set of renderings for our home in downtown. This new privately-financed stadium will be a state-of-the-art venue for our Club and for our fans. It will also create more jobs for the community and bring significant economic impact to the city of Orlando and surrounding communities.
With construction underway, we look forward to hosting the first games in the new stadium later next year.
Following weeks of meetings with the designers, the Club confirmed that the new USD$155m stadium will now feature:
- A 425,000sqft multi-purpose stadium
- Increased capacity of approximately 25,500 seats (from 19,500) – with seating added in the corners of the stadium and in the south end
- A canopy roof covering the North, East, South and West stands
- Enhanced premium amenities in the East stands
- 31 suites, including a 90-person “super suite” and a 59-person group suite
- An 8,400sqft indoor Club in the West stand
- A 10,000sqft open air Supporters Terrace
- 360-degree concourse with additional concessions and fan amenities for a premier fan experience
- All-natural grass playing surface eight feet below grade
Construction on the stadium has already begun and the projected timeline remains for the summer of 2016.
Over the next several months, construction of the new stadium will require:
- 4,800 tons of steel and 1,000 tons of rebar – equal to more than 25 Statues of Liberty
- 20,000 cubic yards of concrete – enough to fill six Olympic-sized swimming pools
The Orlando City SC Stadium Project Team is comprised of some of the most decorated firms in the industry: Barton Malow, which currently oversees the DAYTONA Rising project in Daytona Beach, is the project’s general contractor and will manage stadium construction; ICON Venue Group, with experience in nine previous MLS stadium projects, oversees development and project management; and Populous, whose prior design work includes the Amway Center and all three NFL venues in Florida, serves as lead designer on the project.
The Club also confirmed that the downtown stadium will be a 100% privately funded project.
The stadium site is two blocks from the Amway Center, within walking distance of the downtown bar district, one of the best locations of any soccer stadium in the country. It has been designed with the intention of creating the loudest and most intimidating atmosphere in Major League Soccer, with North America’s only safe-standing supporter section and a low slanted roofline to amplify crowd noise.
Orlando City SC will continue to play their ‘home’ games at Florida’s Citrus Bowl until their new stadium is ready.
- 360 lower bowl
- Canopy covering every seat to enhance crowd noise and provide shelter from sun/rain
- Field sunken 8′ below ground level to offer spectacular views from street level
- All natural grass playing surface
- Single deck safe-standing supporter section
- Expansive fan plaza spanning 10,000sqft