Orlando soccer team says it will fund bigger stadium

Author: Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Orlando’s professional soccer team says it will build a new stadium with private funding, instead of taxpayer money, and the structure will have almost half as many seats more than the original plan.

Orlando City Soccer Club said Friday that the revised, privately-funded stadium will have up to 28,000 seats, compared to the 19,500 seats in the original plan.

Orlando City Soccer Club will be the sole owners and operators of the stadium, which under the original plan would have been owned by the City of Orlando.

Team officials say the private-funding of the stadium will allow it to be built by the summer of 2016.

Around $30 million in funding has been tied up in the Legislature. Orlando and Orange County had committed to funding tens of millions more.

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