Though the city council already agreed to build the new MLS stadium last October, now the detailed construction agreement was voted on. And again went through without trouble. Will we see the final design any time soon?
Yesterday the Orlando City Council on Monday approved the construction agreement for the future home of Orlando City SC. Construction agreement details the process for building the $84 million stadium, which Orlando City officials expect to open in the summer of 2015. Orlando City will begin the 2015 MLS season at the Citrus Bowl next season.
As we indicated a few days back, new details are known concerning the capacity (18,000 seats, 2,500 in the club section) for a price of $84 million ($15m for land acquisition included).
The north end is most likely to remain open with only one tier for the most vocal supporters of Orlando City. As these fans are expected to stand throughout games, individual seats are likely to be changed for bleachers, while railings will be installed in front of every row.
There is a chance the stadium could be expanded if local officials are successful in convincing state lawmakers to approve legislation that would make MLS franchises in the state eligible for sales tax rebates. If that occurs, the city could increase the construction budget by $30 million and use the funds to add roughly 1,000 more seats, expand the club level and put a roof over the north end zone.
Below renderings are still the only ones presented so far. While it's expected that Populous are working on a design similar to what we see, final images haven't been released yet. They should be available in April.