The Orlando City Soccer Club has just built a $155 million dollar stadium Sunday during the teams season opener against New York City FC.
With a sellout crowd is expected to pack Orlando City Stadium in Parramore for the match, which is set to kickoff at 5 p.m. ESPN will broadcast the match, showing a national audience the venues 25,500 seats that are mostly purple with the exception of the 49 dedicated to the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre.
Construction on the stadium broke ground in October 2014. The structure that sprung from the ground of a nondescript block of land in Parramore neighborhood is a realization of one mans dreams, another’s business acumen, 60 families investments, a construction crews sweat, the love from tens of thousands of fans, a sports leagues success story and a city’s ambition. Its made from steel, plastic, concrete, glass, belief, courage, acceptance, challenges, resolve, a lot of brainstorming sessions and commitment. Crews worked around the clock through the weekend to put finishing touches on the venue.
Fans filled into the stands Thursday night to watch the stadiums first-ever match — a charity game between the team and local children. During the charity match, parts of the stadium were closed off, and ladders and buckets of paint were spotted in areas designated for vendors. The Team officials said it had originally planned to open the stadium in late march, but the major league soccer commissioner asked them to hasten the speed of construction so the season opener could be televised. The stadium will have 25,500 seats — 49 of which are dedicated to those who were slain in last years pulse nightclub massacre.
To the professional soccer teams that will play there, its a grass pitch that allows the game to be played as intended and saves their bodies from the damage caused by artificial turf.