New renderings of the proposed downtown soccer stadium were unveiled by the Orlando City Soccer Club on Tuesday.
The stadium, expected to hold about 19,500 fans with the potential for expansion up to 25,000, will open just ahead of the 2016 Major League Soccer season. It will be located on Church Street in the Parramore neighborhood.
There will be a 4-foot lion statue at the entrance which will turn around as games are played. The new stadium will also feature 38 luxury suites, a single-deck for supporters and multiple VIP hospitality areas, among others. An open plaza leading to Church Street will allow fans to gather in that area.
At a price tag of $110 million, the stadium is jointly financed from public and private funding. A groundbreaking date for the new stadium has not yet been announced.
Orlando City will play its 2015 inaugural MLS season at the Orlando Citrus Bowl, currently undergoing a $200 million dollar renovation.