Following a seven-year journey, Orlando City SC cut the ribbon on its soccer stadium in the heart of downtown Orlando and unveiled renderings of a permanent tribute panel installed in the stadium to highlight the history of the Parramore community, the home of Orlando City Stadium.
Today's ceremony featured numerous emotional moments from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, District 5 Commissioner Regina Hill and several elected officials representing the City of Orlando along with Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties. Club co-founder and VP of community relations Kay Rawlins and majority owner Flavio Augusto da Silva brought the ceremony home by leading the ribbon cutting and fulfilling a long dream for the City Beautiful in the process.
The Club broke ground on the stadium on October 16, 2014, several months ahead of its first season in Major League Soccer (MLS) as the 21st expansion team. The stadium was designed to capture the fans' passion and energy, with the four-sided canopy roof built to keep noise in and weather out. The safe-standing supporters' section, known as The Wall, on the north end of the stadium is the only one of its kind in North America, accommodating over 3,000 supporters.
In May 2015, after receiving incredible fan and community support through its first several months in MLS, the Club announced it would privately finance 100 percent of the $155 million stadium and increase the capacity to 25,500.
Orlando City added the first seats in the stadium on Nov. 3, and on Dec. 20, the natural grass pitch was installed. The Club added the 49 rainbow colored seats in Section 12 to serve as a permanent tribute to the victims and families of the Pulse tragedy on June 12, 2016.