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Orlando City releases updated stadium plans

Aug 4, 2014, 2:05 PM EDT

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While David Beckham continues to run into obstacles for his stadium in Miami, Orlando City Soccer Club has released updated plans for their downtown complex.

While the club is set to join the MLS for the 2015 season, Club President Phil Rawlins said the new stadium will be ready for the start of the 2016 campaign. The club’s opening season will be played at the Florida Citrus Bowl.

The new stadium is set to hold approximately 19,500 fans and will have additional areas for parking and future development. With a plan of this scale, the club will hope their supporters can control their passion without causing further problems.

After playing four years in the USL Professional Division, Orlando City will join New York City as the two newest expansion franchises in the MLS, both set to debut in the 2015 season. The team made a splash by signing former FIFA World Player of the Year and Brazilian international Kaka as their first designated player. The club was also linked to Kaka’s fellow Brazilian Robinho, but talks with the former Manchester City striker fell apart.

Coached by Adrian Heath, who enjoyed a successful 18-year career in England, Orlando City SC currently sits in first place of the USL. With 15 wins in 20 matches, the club has clinched a playoff berth for the fourth consecutive season.

  1. lilgurgi - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    This is an example of the un-needed drama that’s created when an expansion team is given to a name (Beckham) instead of a city. There are plenty of other cities that would love to have a team in the MLS.

    • David - Aug 4, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      This article is about Orlando and Orlando City Soccer Club. David Beckham is trying to get an MLS franchise started in Miami…

      • lilgurgi - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:16 PM

        This is what you get for trying to quickly read a story while at work. Definitely missed that minor detail. -1 for me.

  2. chadmoon1 - Sep 12, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    I believe the story here is comparing and contrasting Beckham’s inability to get a stadium deal in Miami with OC’s getting things done.

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