ORLANDO, Fla. – On Tuesday night in downtown Orlando, Church Street bars, businesses and patrons went through the paces in what amounted to a dress rehearsal for 2015.
That’s because the site for the $84 million soccer-specific stadium that will be built for Orlando City SC lies just a few blocks east, easy walking distance from what is a vibrant downtown scene ready to serve the up to 18,000 fans who will pace the stadium on game days once construction is complete.
And although Orlando City president Phil Rawlins said the “design phase” for the facility had not yet begun, it’s clear location won’t be an issue when, if all goes to plan, the club breaks ground sometime next spring.
“We expect to have, in my opinion, the best stadium location in the whole of MLS,” Rawlins told MLSsoccer.com. “We’re right in the heart of downtown, two blocks from Church Street, the entertainment and social district of the whole of the city. It’s an absolutely fantastic location.”
Source: Andrew Wiebe, MLS Soccer