Orlando MLS team delays move to downtown stadium
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando City Soccer Club says it will play its first Major League Soccer season in 2015 at the renovated Florida Citrus Bowl because of delays in the city’s acquisition of land required for its downtown, soccer-specific stadium.
The team made the announcement on Monday after previously planning to play at least half of its first MLS season in the new stadium. The Citrus Bowl has been Orlando City’s home for three seasons as members of the third-tier USL Pro League. It is undergoing a $200 million renovation.
Late last year, city officials voted on a $20 million funding plan to help the team build a new $84 million, 18,000-seat stadium.
Beginning in 2016, the new downtown stadium will become the permanent home of Orlando City.