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Orlando City’s new MLS facility coming on nicely

Jan 20, 2014, 6:02 PM EDT

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One of Orlando’s TV stations (Fox 35) spent a bit of time Orlando City president Phil Rawlins, with some good pictures on where the club’s new home will be located and a few other nice drips of details.

Among them is that the latest stadium designs will feature a U-shaped design for the stands, with an opening along Church Street, one that leads into the nearby downtown area. Among the purposes is to have a gathering spot for a “march to the match” concept.

There’s also some details from Rawlins on the stadium architects.

Orlando City Soccer Club, which will be Major League Soccer’s 21st team, is set to begin 2015. Rawlins said once again on the video that the team will begin its days and nights in Major League Soccer in the Citrus Bowl with hopes of moving into the grand new ground by the summer of 2015.

  1. jdfsquared - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    Ugh, U-shaped design? All the sound heads out one end, plus it looks silly on TV when one goal is set against the backdrop of what looks like a high school ground. I understand there are complex economics involved, but I hope they put up some impressive stands on the open end to at least aid with the visuals.

    • ironlion21 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:12 AM

      This is the first phase, the end would be covered in phase two

  2. lavatomy - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    With two Eastern teams set to begin play in 2015 hopefully that means Houston will move back to the Western Conference. I still don’t understand why it still plays in the East after Montreal came into the league.

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