Orlando City SC recently provided an update on the construction of its new downtown stadium; with Orlando City Stadium General Manager, Scott Neal, having toured the site to view the construction first hand.
A 22’ by 14’ by 16’ storm drainage vault was installed earlier this month, utilising a Grove GMK7550 550 ton, 197 foot crane. The vault is part of the overall draining system and can hold a maximum volume of 36,900 gallons of water, the equivalent of 22,000 soccer balls. The entire stadium drainage system is designed to efficiently handle rainfall volume of five inches per hour, which is essentially half the monthly average rainfall for Orlando, in one hour.
Since August, the following work has been conducted on site:
- Construction of the North East access tunnel to the field level
- Excavation of the field level
- Construction of the North West access tunnel to the field level
- Construction of the South West access tunnel to the field level
- Rerouting of utilities throughout the site to facilitate construction
- Ongoing foundation work, including rebar and formwork for construction of the lower bowl and future vertical construction.
Commenting on the work thus far, Neal said:
Anytime you build a stadium, you have to excavate to a certain level, and it is exciting that we have gone down as far as we need to go. A strong foundation makes a strong venue. In about a month we will start seeing steel and construction work occur above ground, which is a thrilling point. We will start seeing a lot of structure begin to take shape – amenities that the fans and community are going to be able to see and enjoy.
Barton Malow Vice President, Dave Price, added:
We’re moving dirt, installing pipe and pouring concrete right now, which may not seem like the most glamorous part of the job. But, we’re excited about ‘going vertical’ with the structural steel in the New Year, and more so, the positive impact and energy that the new stadium will bring to Downtown Orlando!
With construction moving ahead as scheduled, steel installation is expected to begin in the latter part of January 2016.
Orlando City has sold out its 18,000 season tickets, and suite sales for the new stadium continue to move at a brisk pace with only 12 of the 31 suites available.
Visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com/Stadium/Stream to take a peek at the progress made thus far on the future home of the Lions and Orlando Pride National Women’s Soccer League team. Or, watch time lapse views here to take a peek at the progress made thus far. (The time lapse and video construction cameras are powered by EarthCam.)
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 (which will feature in the Q1 ’16 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine), 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.