Design phase may still be at an early stage, but Orlando City are confident of breaking ground on their new 20,000-capacity stadium before summer. The venue is to be ready 15 months later.
“We’re on track with the stadium, we’re exactly where we want to be,” said Rawlins. “We appointed our architects back in December. We expect to break ground in late spring, which will follow by a 15-month build.”, said Phil Rawlins, president of Orlando City SC.
The architects appointed are Populous, one of the world's leading sports-design practices, also leaders within the MLS ground list. Their portfolio includes the BBVA Compass Stadium and Sporting Park, among other.
Earlier the club also approached Woods Bagot about the stadium, prompting the office to publish early renderings. Those were later dimissed as unofficial and Orlando City chose a different partner.
The new stadium is expected to hold some 20,000 people and should be delivered within a $84 million budget. It's planned near the Amway Center, north-west of the city's downtown.