Orlando Leaders Unanimously Vote to Build Downtown Soccer Stadium
Fans cheer at an Orlando City Soccer Club game. Orlando City Soccer Club / Facebook
Orlando has plenty of tourists as one of the top visited cities in the U.S.; however, a new soccer stadium and home team will provide another steady source of visitors — and improve the quality of life for locals.
Orlando’s board of commissioners voted to approve a plan to fund a new downtown soccer stadium, bringing it a step closer to securing a Major League Soccer franchise.
The board voted 7-0 Monday, approving use of $20 million tourism taxes for the stadium. The remaining money for a stadium expected to cost $84 million would come from the USL Pro League’s Orlando City Soccer Club.
The plan won’t be official unless approved by the Orange County Commission in a vote scheduled for Oct. 22.
Orlando City has been lobbying to become a MLS expansion team, but currently plays in the outdated Florida Citrus Bowl. MLS said it needs a soccer-specific stadium to become a viable expansion city.
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