Orlando City SC unveils renderings for new soccer stadium

The new stadium will be built below ground level and located a block from the home of the Orlando Magic.

Representatives from Orlando City SC and the city of Orlando helped unveil the architectural renderings Tuesday for a new Major League Soccer stadium to be built a block from the Amway Center, the home of the Orlando Magic.

Team president and founder Phil Rawlins, Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County mayor Teresa Jacobs were on hand for the latest announcement regarding a venue which is scheduled to open before the start of the 2016 MLS season. While the stadium is subject to modifications during the full design process, plans for it can be viewed at www.OrlandoCitySC.com.

The multi-purpose stadium will have a capacity of approximately 19,500 and be built below ground level with a three-stand seating upper bowl. Full roof canopies will cover all seats to the front row on the east, west and north ends to protect fans from the sun and rain, as well as amplify crowd noise.

During the construction of the new downtown stadium, Orlando City will play its entire inaugural MLS season in 2015 at the Citrus Bowl, which is currently undergoing more than $200 million in renovations. The Lions spent the previous three seasons at the Citrus Bowl.

As previously announced by Orlando City, all fans are encouraged to send their stadium design ideas to stadiumideas@orlandocitysoccer.com or via Twitter using #NewOCSCStadium. Upon review of all fan submissions, the club will select a group of respondents to participate in future small-group workshops with the stadium design team. Fan input will continue to be solicited throughout the design process, and the club will release a compilation of fan ideas collected in the coming weeks.

Funding for the stadium has already been secured from the club, State of Florida, City of Orlando, Orange County, Seminole County and Osceola County. The stadium will be owned and operated by the City of Orlando via Orlando Venues, the same entity that owns and operates the Amway Center and Citrus Bowl.

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