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Orlando City Stadium
Location in Florida
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Orlando City Stadium
Location in the United States
Location655 West Church Street, Orlando, Florida 32805 [1] [2]
Coordinates 28°32′28″N81°23′21″W / 28.5410645°N 81.389035°W / 28.5410645; -81.389035 Coordinates: 28°32′28″N81°23′21″W / 28.5410645°N 81.389035°W / 28.5410645; -81.389035 [2] [3]
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Owner Orlando City SC
Operator Orlando City SC
Executive suites31 [4]
Capacity 25,500 [5]
Field size120 yd × 75 yd (110 m × 69 m) [6]
Acreage 10
Scoreboard Panasonic [7]
Broke groundOctober 16, 2014 [8] [9]
OpenedFebruary 24, 2017 (2017-02-24) [10] [11] [12]
Construction cost$155 million [13]
Architect Populous [14]
Project managerICON Venue Group [15]
Structural engineer Walter P Moore [16]
Services engineerM–E Engineers, Inc. [16]
General contractorBarton Malow [15]
Orlando City SC (MLS) (2017–present)
Orlando Pride (NWSL) (2017–present)
Orlando City B (USL) (2017)
Florida Cup (2018–present)
MLS Combine (2018–present)

Orlando City Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium in downtown Orlando, Florida. It is the home of Orlando City SC, which entered Major League Soccer (MLS) as an expansion franchise in 2015, and their National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) sister club, the Orlando Pride. The stadium was completed in time for Orlando City's home opener of the 2017 season on March 5 and it became the first ever venue to permanently host MLS, NWSL, and USL teams all in the same location that year. [17]

Soccer-specific stadium

Soccer-specific stadium is a term used mainly in the United States and Canada to refer to a sports stadium either purpose-built or fundamentally redesigned for soccer and whose primary function is to host soccer matches, as opposed to a multipurpose stadium which is for a variety of sports. A soccer-specific stadium may host other sporting events and concerts, but the design and purpose of a soccer-specific stadium is primarily for soccer. Some facilities have a permanent stage at one end of the stadium used for staging concerts.

Orlando, Florida City in Central Florida

Orlando is a city in the U.S. state of Florida and the county seat of Orange County. Located in Central Florida, it is the center of the Orlando metropolitan area, which had a population of 2,509,831, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released in July 2017. These figures make it the 23rd-largest metropolitan area in the United States, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the Southern United States, and the third-largest metropolitan area in Florida. As of 2015, Orlando had an estimated city-proper population of 280,257, making it the 73rd-largest city in the United States, the fourth-largest city in Florida, and the state's largest inland city.

Orlando City SC American association football club

Orlando City Soccer Club is an American professional soccer club in Orlando, Florida, that competes as a member of the Eastern Conference in Major League Soccer (MLS). Orlando City SC began play in 2015 as an expansion team and is the first MLS franchise in the state since Miami Fusion and Tampa Bay Mutiny folded following the 2001 season. The team plays at Orlando City Stadium in downtown Orlando.


As well as home matches for Orlando City, Orlando Pride and OCB, Orlando City Stadium has also been used as a host venue for both the United States men's and women's national teams, the finals for both the NWSL Championship and NCAA Women's College Cup, numerous Florida Cup games and the MLS Combine in 2018 and 2019. The stadium is also set to host the 2019 MLS All-Star game.

Orlando City B American association football club

Orlando City B is a USL League One club that began play in 2016. Owned by Orlando City SC and based at the Orlando City Development Academy in Montverde, Florida, the club plays its home games at Montverde Academy. The club played in the United Soccer League, the second tier of the US soccer pyramid in 2016 and 2017, and will play in the newly launched third division, branded USL League One, beginning in 2019.

United States mens national soccer team Mens national association football team representing the USA

The United States Men's National Soccer Team (USMNT) is controlled by the United States Soccer Federation and competes in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. The team has appeared in ten FIFA World Cups, including the first in 1930, where they reached the semi-finals. The U.S. participated in the 1934 and 1950 World Cups, winning 1–0 against England in the latter. After 1950, the U.S. did not qualify for the World Cup until 1990. The U.S. hosted the 1994 World Cup, where they lost to Brazil in the round of sixteen. They qualified for five more consecutive World Cups after 1994, becoming one of the tournament's regular competitors and often advancing to the knockout stage. The U.S. reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, where they lost to Germany. In the 2009 Confederations Cup, they eliminated top-ranked Spain in the semi-finals before losing to Brazil in the final, their only appearance in the final of a major intercontinental tournament. The team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, having been eliminated in continental qualifying, ending the streak of consecutive World Cups at seven. United States will co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup along with Canada and Mexico, the automatic qualification on all three teams is likely as co-hosts.

United States womens national soccer team womens national association football team representing the United States

The United States Women's National Soccer Team (USWNT) represents the United States in international women's soccer. The team is the most successful in international women's soccer, winning three Women's World Cup titles, four Olympic women's gold medals, eight CONCACAF Gold Cup wins, and ten Algarve Cups. It medaled in every single World Cup and Olympic tournament in women's soccer history from 1991 to 2015, before being knocked out in the quarterfinal of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The team is governed by United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF.

The stadium is located along West Church Street in the Parramore neighborhood west of Downtown Orlando.

Parramore is a neighborhood in west-central Orlando, Florida. It is a historical neighborhood for Orlando residents of African descent, and suffered greatly during the Jim Crow era of institutionalized racism. In 2015, the unemployment rate was reported as 23.8% and median household income was $15,493.

Downtown Orlando Neighborhood of Orlando in Orange County, Florida, United States

Downtown Orlando is the historic core and central business district of Orlando, Florida, United States. It is bordered by Marks Street in the north, Mills Avenue in the east, Orange Blossom Trail in the west, and Kaley Avenue in the south. There are several distinct neighborhoods in downtown; "North Quarter" to the north, "Lake Eola Heights Historic District" just north of Lake Eola, "South Eola" contains Lake Eola Park and continues to the east and south of Lake Eola, "Thornton Park" in the east, "Parramore" in the west, "Lake Cherokee Historic District" to the south, and the "Central Business District" between Colonial Drive and Lake Lucerne in the center. In 2010, the estimated population of downtown was 18,731. The daytime population was estimated to be 65,000. The 5-mile radius population of downtown is 273,335.


In April 2013, the City of Orlando purchased downtown land for $8.2 million to be used towards the construction of a $110 million MLS soccer stadium. [18] However, in May, the Florida House of Representatives failed to vote on a bill that had passed the Senate that would have provided up to $30 million in state funds towards the stadium project. Orlando City SC President Phil Rawlins responded by expressing his intent to find alternative funding and keep seeking MLS expansion. [19]

Florida House of Representatives Lower house of the Florida Legislature

The Florida House of Representatives is the lower house of the Florida Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Florida, the Florida Senate being the upper house. Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution of Florida, adopted in 1968, defines the role of the Legislature and how it is to be constituted. The House is composed of 120 members, each elected from a single-member district with a population of approximately 157,000 residents. Legislative districts are drawn on the basis of population figures, provided by the federal decennial census. Senators' terms begin immediately, upon their election. As of 2019, Republicans hold the majority in the State House with 71 seats; Democrats are in the minority with 46 seats. Three seats are vacant due to resignations.

The Orlando downtown soccer stadium moved closer to securing funding on August 8, 2013, when Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer reached an agreement on a deal to provide financial support for a variety of Orlando projects including the new MLS soccer stadium. [20] The last piece in stadium funding was an October 2013 vote on using an existing tourism tax to fund the final quarter of the $80 million stadium project. [21] On October 22, 2013, the Orange County Board of Commissioners voted 5–2 to approve the use of $20 million in tourist development tax funds to build an $84 million multi-purpose soccer stadium in downtown Orlando. [22]

Teresa Jacobs American mayor

Teresa Jacobs is the current chairwoman of the Orange County Public School Board. Jacobs previously served as Mayor of Orange County from 2011 unil taking office as school board chair in November 2018, also having represented district 1 on the Orange County Board of County Commissioners from 2000 to 2008.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced on December 11, 2013, that the 2016 and 2017 NCAA Women's College Soccer Championship would be held at the new stadium. [23] [24]

National Collegiate Athletic Association Non-profit organization that regulates many American college athletes and programs

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a non-profit organization which regulates athletes of 1,268 North American institutions and conferences. It also organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and helps more than 480,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports. The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

NCAA Division I Womens Soccer Championship

The NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship, sometimes known as the Women's College Cup, is an American college soccer tournament conducted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and determines the Division I women's national champion.

On August 4, 2014, the team announced that the stadium location would be moved one block west, to avoid having a delay to the opening day, due to Faith Deliverance Temple fighting the city's eminent-domain claim. The new location resulted in the closure of Parramore Avenue between Church Street and Central Boulevard in February 2015, [25] as the stadium was built right on top of where the road currently runs. [2] [3]

The club played their 2015 MLS inaugural season home matches at Citrus Bowl. [26] On January 13, 2016, club president Phil Rawlins announced that construction of the team's stadium was taking four months longer than expected and that the team would remain at the Citrus Bowl (since renamed Camping World Stadium)for the 2016 season. [27]

On March 5, 2017, Orlando City began the 2017 season by hosting New York City FC in the stadium's inaugural match. Cyle Larin scored the first goal in stadium history as Orlando won 1–0 in front of a sellout crowd of 25,550. [28]


Orlando City SC's owners announced on May 29, 2015, that the stadium would be privately funded by Orlando City SC and not the city. They also announced they would upgrade the stadium's capacity from 19,000 seats, to somewhere between 25,000 and 28,000 seats. The new plan was unveiled on July 31, increasing capacity to 25,500 by adding seats to the south end to maximize seats without major design changes that would set back the project by an additional year. Costs also rose from $110 million to $155 million. [29]

As part of the private funding venture for the new stadium, at least $15 million has come from 30 foreign investors in countries such as Brazil and China via the EB-5 investment program, which grants American visas in exchange for a $500,000 investment in the project. [30]

More foreign investors looking to obtain green cards through the EB-5 program are joining this project, which has already created around 1000 jobs and is expected to create around 1000 more in an area that much needed its economic growth.[ citation needed ] This project is still open and more information can be obtained by contacting the American Regional Center Group.[ citation needed ]


The team released artistic renderings of the stadium on December 11, 2012. [31] On September 30, 2013, the architectural firm Woods Bagot released their drawings of the stadium on their website. The team announced that these drawings were released without their knowledge or input, and that they had not selected an architect yet. Woods Bagot proceed to remove the images from their website. [32] The design phase began on January 7, 2014, when Mayor Buddy Dyer and some of the Orlando City SC staff traveled to Kansas City to begin working with the design firm Populous. [14]

The original renderings of the stadium proposed 18,000 seats, including 2,500 club seats. It would also have 300 seats in specialty suites. The stadium's square footage is about 290,000 square feet, with 120,000 square feet devoted to the bowl. It is also supposedly going to have bars, retail shops, and restaurants. [33]

Additional renderings and information about the stadium were released on June 10, 2014,. The stadium has an open plaza, where those passing by can see inside, since the field is 8 feet below street level. [34] It was initially planned to have a seating capacity of 19,500, with the structural ability to expand to 25,000 in the future. This was changed in May 2015 to simply building room for 25,000 in the initial construction, rather than waiting for another construction period. [35] The field is grass, with canopies over fans to protect them from the elements and to increase noise levels. A four times life size lion sculpture was planned overlook the entrance. [5] Just before a game begins, the lion would have rotate 180° to "watch" the action. A festival plaza lined with palm trees on the south end of the plaza, just outside the main entrance at Church Street and Terry Avenue was built (the streets are closed to vehicles during events). A balcony-style bar just below the video scoreboard with a 360° view was planned as well. A seating section on the north end is dedicated to members of supporters' clubs. As proposed — and if building codes allow — it has no seats, but rails and extra room for "safe standing". The 3,811-capacity section, known as "The Wall" began as a small but ardent collection of fans from the two main supporter groups, The Ruckus and Iron Lion Firm. [36] The supporters' section would also have its own "pub-style" area. [4] [37]

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Aerial view of Orlando City Stadium

Heineken announced a partnership with multiple MLS teams on November 12, 2014, including Orlando City, making Heineken the official beer of the team as well as giving Heineken naming rights to the ground level bar on the south side of the stadium. In addition to the announcement, a new rendering of the south side from inside the stadium was released. [38]

Panasonic was announced as the team's "Official Technology Partner" on December 17, 2014, in exchange for Panasonic providing on-field and fascia LED boards, the main scoreboard on the south end of the field, and dozens of flat panel television screens throughout the stadium in suites, offices and work areas. In addition, Panasonic provides technology solutions such as security cameras, control room and other key components for the new stadium. [7]

The stadium includes 49 rainbow-colored seats in Section 12 as a memorial that honors the victims of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting. [39] [40]

International matches

Men's matches

DateTeam #1ResultTeam #2CompetitionAttendance
October 6, 2017 [41] Flag of the United States.svg  United States 4–0Flag of Panama.svg  Panama 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Fifth Round 25,303
March 21, 2019Flag of the United States.svg  United States Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador International Friendly

Women's matches

DateTeam #1ResultTeam #2CompetitionAttendance
March 7, 2018 [42] Flag of France.svg  France 3–0Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2018 SheBelieves Cup 6,525
March 7, 2018 [43] Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1–0Flag of England.svg  England 2018 SheBelieves Cup 12,351

Other notable matches

Florida Cup

DateTeam #1ResultTeam #2CompetitionAttendance
January 10, 2018 Flag of Brazil.svg Corinthians 1–1 Flag of the Netherlands.svg PSV Eindhoven 2018 Florida Cup
January 11, 2018 Flag of Brazil.svg Atlético Mineiro 0–1 Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers
January 10, 2019 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax 2–2 Flag of Brazil.svg Flamengo 2019 Florida Cup
Flag of Germany.svg Eintracht Frankfurt 2–1 Flag of Brazil.svg São Paulo
January 12, 2019 Flag of Brazil.svg São Paulo 2–4 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax
Flag of Brazil.svg Flamengo 1–0 Flag of Germany.svg Eintracht Frankfurt

MLS All-Stars

DateTeam #1ResultTeam #2CompetitionAttendance
July 31, 2019 Flag of the United States.svg MLS All-StarsTBA 2019 MLS All-Star Game


DateTeam #1ResultTeam #2CompetitionAttendance
December 3, 2017 Flag of the United States.svg Stanford 3–2 Flag of the United States.svg UCLA 2017 NCAA Women's College Cup Final 1,938


DateTeam #1ResultTeam #2CompetitionAttendance
October 14, 2017 Flag of the United States.svg North Carolina Courage 0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Portland Thorns FC 2017 NWSL Championship 8,124
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Orlando City Stadium.
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Overview of Orlando City Stadium.
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Night game at Orlando City Stadium.

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Preceded by
Camping World Stadium
Home of Orlando City Soccer Club
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Camping World Stadium
Home of Orlando Pride
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Titan Soccer Complex
Home of Orlando City B
Succeeded by
Montverde Academy
Preceded by
Avaya Stadium
Host of the Women's College Cup
Succeeded by
WakeMed Soccer Park