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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.