As they’re preparing to fight in United States’ top football league, Orlando City are forced to build themselves a new stadium. Now we know how it’s going to look!
When Orlando City acquired a place in MLS in 2013, they were sure to need a new stadium with no less than 18,000 seats. They already had a plot in downtown Orlando on their minds and secured it in order to make the dream a reality.
After speaking with a few companies (most notably Woods Bagot), City entrusted the final concept of their first own stadium to Populous, the leader in NFL and MLS stadia. The new stadium near downtown of the Florida city will have 19,500 seats, most of them covered.
The seating won’t be distributed equally across the four sides, though. South end will be by far the smallest, providing only a modest single tier and making the stadium visually open to the south. East and west stands will provide two tiers each, split by a row of skyboxes (maximum of 38).
The north end will be dedicated to most vocal supporters with a single tier, railings to stand by instead of sitting down and a pub-alike concourse. Open corners will facilitate natural ventilation and make room for future expansions.
Construction is expected to begin in 2014 in order to end in early 2016, when the club will be preparing for their first MLS season. The project should remain within $84 million.