By FRANCO PANIZO
David Beckham and his looming Miami franchise will not be the only MLS club in Florida to grab headlines for their planned stadium this week.
Following several days of Beckham making public appearances in the Sunshine State to try and convince government officials to allow him to build a soccer-specific stadium in PortMiami, new details regarding Orlando City’s future home have been revealed via a report from local broadcast network WFTV.
The report cites the construction agreement for Orlando City’s state-of-the-art facility in Parramore, and says it will hold more than 18,000 fans and include 2,500 club seats. It will also have 300 seats in specialty suites and the square footage of the downtown stadium is 290,000 square feet, with 120,000 of those dedicated to its bowl.
There were no images of what the stadium will look like when it is completely constructed some time in summer 2015, but building it will cost a total of $84 million. Construction will cost $69 million and the remaining $15 million is needed for land an infrastructure.
Additionally, the stadium will include retail shops, restaurants and bars.
Construction for the stadium is expected to begin in late spring and Orlando City is scheduled to begin play in MLS at a temporary venue in March 2015 before moving into their soccer-specific stadium later that year.
What do you think of Orlando City’s stadium details? Anxious to see some official renderings? Salivating at the thought of MLS having two shiny soccer-specific stadiums in Florida in the coming years?
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