Orlando City Downtown Stadium Update, Aimed To Open For 2017 Season

By  //  January 13, 2016

Entire 2016 Season Will Be Played At Citrus Bowl

The following statement can be attributed to Orlando City SC Founder and President Phil Rawlins (Orlando City Image)

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – The following statement can be attributed to Orlando City SC Founder and President Phil Rawlins:

Phil Rawlins
Phil Rawlins

“We continue to make progress on our new Downtown Stadium, and we expect to begin steel installation – a major construction milestone – later this month. At that time, we will also launch our 3D seat viewer, which will allow fans to get a first glimpse inside the stadium from their new seats.

“Unfortunately, stadium construction is taking a little longer than anticipated. Therefore, in order to provide enough time, we have taken the prudent decision to play the entire 2016 season in the Orlando Citrus Bowl, and concentrate our construction efforts on being fully prepared for opening in 2017.

“This will allow us to provide fans, community neighbors, partners and competitors a first class experience from the very first day.”

Click Here to take a peek at the progress made thus far on the future home of the Lions and the Orlando Pride National Women’s Soccer League team.

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YOUR CITY, YOUR STADIUM: The Orlando City Downtown Soccer Stadium is a 25,500-capacity, state-of-the-art, privately financed multi-purpose facility and home to Major League Soccer’s Orlando City SC and the Orlando Pride National Women’s Soccer League team. The third largest purpose-built stadium in MLS, the venue is currently under construction and expected to be completed in 2017.

In addition to Orlando City and Pride matches, the venue will host other sporting and entertainment events throughout the year, serving as an economic engine for the surrounding area.

The stadium will reflect the character and culture of the community, especially the surrounding Parramore neighborhood, to provide an unparalleled and truly unique fan experience.


The stadium originally broke ground in October 2014 with nearly 3,000 fans in attendance to turn over 24 tons of purple sand.

Following the unprecedented fan response in Central Florida to the Lions’ first MLS season, funding for the stadium was taken private and designs were enhanced to expand capacity to 25,500, as well as incorporate new premium fan amenities.

Barton Malow serves as the Construction Manager, ICON as Program Manager and Populous is the architect. For more information, please visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com/Stadium.