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Orlando City released their Virtual Stadium Tour today and more info on the stadium...

Orlando City's downtown stadium will be a 100% privately funded project. The site is two blocks from the Amway Center, within walking distance of the downtown bar district, one of the best locations of any soccer stadium in the country! The stadium has been designed with the intention of creating the loudest and most intimidating atmosphere in Major League Soccer, with North America's only safe-standing supporter section and a low slanted roofline to amplify crowd noise.

Stadium Details

25,500 capacity
360 lower bowl
Canopy to enhance crowd noise and provide shelter from sun / rain
Field sunken 8' below ground level to offer spectacular views from street level
All natural grass playing surface
Single deck safe-standing supporter section
Expansive fan plaza spanning 10,000 square feet

http://orlandocitysc.io-media.com/web/index.html#




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I get why cities would fork over cash for NFL stadiums. Why MLS? I am an NYCFC fan, not insulting MLS but MLS doesn't have that leverage.
It does when you're a city that wants to be known for more than just Theme parks and the Orlando magic. Soccer is huge with the 15-35 crowd right now and Orlando is a growing city with a revitalized urban core. Name recognition can go a long way in terms of marketing for the city itself. The difference with the NFL / MLB is that they have been established for so long in some areas that it doesn't have the same effect - especially when you're trying to attract more young people to your city whom embrace sports like soccer. Sorry, hope that made sense.
 
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