Orlando City increases season tickets capacity for 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Orlando City says it is increasing its season ticket availability to 18,000 for soccer games in the 2016 season.

The announcement Wednesday by the first-year Major League Soccer team comes after officials previously said they’d sold out of the entire 14,000 season ticket offering for the inaugural season, creating a waitlist for next season.

The Lions said last month they would privately fund the building of a new downtown stadium and increase its original planned capacity from 19,500 to between 25,000 and 28,000.

Attendance for the inaugural season of Orlando City (6-7-6) in the MLS has exceeded expectations. Orlando City home games have drawn an average of more than 34,000 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium, a record for an expansion team in its first 10 stand-alone home games.

The new stadium will be a soccer-specific venue.