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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.


Images courtesy: Orlando City Soccer Club

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Stadium Details

  • 25,500-capacity
  • 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

Orlando City Soccer Club and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer have announced that, due to the overwhelming market response to Lions’ matches at home, the Club will increase capacity in the new stadium to accommodate between 25,000-28,000 fans, and will provide additional enhanced amenities for a ‘premium’ fan experience.

In addition, the Club announced it will privately fund the entire downtown stadium construction, allowing the project to move forward immediately with an expected completion date of summer 2016.

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

The original designs for the US$100m stadium, which were created by world-renowned architects Populous, were for 19,000-capacity stadium.

Orlando City SC Majority Owner, Flavio Augusto da Silva, commented:

Orlando is an incredible market for professional soccer and attendance at our matches clearly demonstrates that demand. Before deciding to invest in Orlando City, I researched several markets around the country for professional soccer but Orlando became the ideal location because of the fan base and the city’s leadership. I believe in Mayor Dyer’s vision for the future of this great city, which is why we are investing even more into this project today. I am very excited for the future and very grateful for the wonderful partnership with Mayor Dyer and the City of Orlando.

Mayor Dyer added:

Strong partnerships are the foundation of Central Florida’s success and today’s announcement with Orlando City is another win for our entire community. A new soccer stadium in Downtown Orlando brings significant economic impact not just to Orlando but the entire region. Another benefit for our City is, a privately-owned stadium will generate property taxes that we can reinvest in our Parramore and Downtown neighbourhoods.

Club President & Founder, Phil Rawlins, said:

We have repeatedly called Orlando the ‘Soccer Capital of the South’ and our fans continue to strengthen that reputation each and every week. 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 neighbours in Parramore and our significant investment further validates that commitment. 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.

Through its first seven home games, nearly 250,000 fans have attended Lions’ matches at the Orlando Citrus Bowl, including over 52,000 from outside the state of Florida – which is roughly the equivalent of a major college bowl game every five weeks. These out-of-state fans inject new money to the local economy by staying in hotels, eating in restaurants, shopping in stores and purchasing services.

Fans of Orlando City SC have travelled from 49 different states and 64 different countries to see the Lions play in person. In its inaugural season, the Club has the second highest average attendance in MLS, drawing 37,400 per game. Excluding the inaugural match, which drew 62,510 people, the Lions still average 30,300 per match.

Stadium Design
The stadium design will be based on a full 360-degree lower bowl built below ground level with a unique 3-stand seating upper bowl. It will be surrounded by open and expansive fan plazas on the south end, leading to a ‘sports and entertainment corridor’, which will serve as a large common gathering area for fans during events.

Other hospitality and fan amenities include a range of VIP hospitality areas, a midfield Club Lounge with views of the playing field, up to 38 luxury suites and an elevated 360-degree balcony-style bar within the scoreboard structure.

The stadium’s location – one block from the Orlando Magic’s Amway Center – will allow for synergy between the two facilities and increased activity in the surrounding area.

Image courtesy: Populous

Core Members chosen for New Downtown Stadium Project for Orlando City Soccer Club

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Orlando City SC and the City of Orlando have announced the selection of Populous as the lead architect and Barton Malow as the construction manager for the new downtown Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium. Orlando City concurrently announced the selection of ICON Venue Group to serve as the Club’s owner’s representative overseeing the project.


The stadium is expected to break ground in 2014 and is funded through a 50/50 public-private partnership, with $40m pledged by the Club and the remainder via public contributions secured to date from Orange County, City of Orlando, Seminole County, and Osceola County. Orlando City SC has agreed to cover any cost overruns associated with the project. The stadium will be operated by the City of Orlando.


Orlando City SC President, Phil Rawlins, said:

We are truly excited to have Populous, Barton Malow & ICON Venue Group on board for the design and construction for the new, downtown stadium in Orlando. They each have proven trackrecords and I look forward to working with them as we continue our progress toward our inaugural MLS season in 2015.


The stadium will be located on Church Street, in a vibrant and expanding section of Orlando’s sports and entertainment district, adjacent to the Parramore neighborhood. The new stadium will be accessible by both car and public transportation, and will be adjacent to Amway Center, also designed by Populous, which will allow for synergy between the two facilities and increased activity in the surrounding community.


Prior to moving into the new stadium, Orlando City will play matches on a temporary basis at the newly renovated Citrus Bowl stadium.


Bruce Miller, Principal at Populous and leader of the design team, said:

This is an incredible opportunity for the City of Orlando to engrain soccer into the fabric of the city with the design of a new, soccer-specific urban stadium. Our design team is excited to work to capture the spirit of both the city and the fan base in our design to create a stadium that will be vibrant, intimate and iconic. It’s an opportunity for the team to redefine the soccer experience for an entire region.


David Price, Vice President at Barton Malow and leader of their construction team, said:

Barton Malow is thrilled with our selection as the Construction Manager for this landmark project. As a lifelong soccer fan, I look forward with excitement to the many positive benefits and opportunities that the Orlando City SC’s new stadium will bring to our community.

During construction, Barton Malow will focus on providing innovative solutions that emphasize a complete street-to-seat experience for the Orlando City fans. We will do this by using an array of advanced construction technologies to accomplish the project’s programme, budget and schedule goals. We also look forward to engaging our community by maximizing opportunities for local firms and residents to participate in the construction process.


ICON Venue Group’s – who most recently worked with Populous on the Las Vegas Arena project – Executive Vice President, Charlie Thornton, added:

From the enthusiasm of the fans, the dedication of ownership, support of the City of Orlando and success of the team, this project has so much momentum. We are invigorated by the movement and thrilled to be part of Orlando’s soccer legacy.