Orlando City SC Stadium
|Country||United States of America|
|Clubs||Orlando City SC|
|Cost||$ 155 million|
|Contractor||Barton Malow Company|
Orlando City Stadium – construction description
First plans for a stadium west of downtown Orlando date back to 2012, though the final concept was presented in 2014, after financial situation became clear. Despite initial hopes there was no public contribution other than the land (worth $8.2 million), so the stadium was to be covered entirely by Orlando City ownership and partners.
This resulted in a simple and traditional shape, though not without distinctive elements supporting the club’s identity. With three large stands and open south end the building would hold 19,000, roughly a third of nearby Citrus Bowl, where Orlando City began playing when joining MLS in 2015. However, seeing the ticket demand for Citrus Bowl games, the club decided to build further sections in the south, enclosing the seating bowl and bringing capacity to 25,500.
Official groundbreaking took place back on October 16, 2014, but initial works only included site clearing and excavations. The project reached foundation phase in 2015 and by 2016 stands began to grow. To optimize the stadium both budget- and access-wise, Populous designed first 7 rows below street level. Upper sections will be built on a simple steel skeleton. Three stands will be double-tiered, while the north end will be a large single terrace for most vivid part of the fanbase.
Initial estimates suggested a price tag of $84 million for the project, though final documentation corrected the number to $110 million. This was true until the decision to build a larger venue, which in 2015 brought the budget to $155 million. Opening is scheduled for 2017, when the club will enjoy their third season in MLS.
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