By MIKE GRAMAJO
After months of delay, Orlando City Soccer Club will finally break ground on their downtown soccer stadium.
The club announced on Friday that groundbreaking for the stadium will be on Oct. 16. The event will be open to the public. According to an Orlando City spokesperson, it will take 18 months for the stadium to be completed.
“Oct. 16 will be a landmark day for the community of Parramore, the City of Orlando, Orange County, our fans and our Club,” Orlando City president Phil Rawlins said in a statement. Parramore, a historically African-American neighborhood, sits just west of downtown Orlando and is home to the Orlando Magic’s NBA arena and other large commercial, civic, and government institutions.
“We look forward to hosting an unforgettable, festive celebration to mark the ceremonial start of construction of what will be the best soccer stadium in the league,” added Rawlins.
In June the club unveiled official stadium renderings designed by Populous, the group behind MLS stadiums such as Kansas City’s Sporting Park. The $110 million facility will seat approximately 19,500 fans just blocks away from the Amway Center, home to the Magic.
The stadium, which does not have a sponsor yet, is expected to be finished before the 2016 Major League Soccer season. OCSC will play their inaugural season in MLS at a renovated Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium.
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