Orlando Still Planning For MLS Move

Orlando Still Planning For MLS Move

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 12, 2012
  • MLS Expansion, Orlando Expansion

Yesterday, fans gathered in Orlando for the second annual fan forum to discuss various items in Orlando such as a move to Major League Soccer, their own soccer stadium and much more.

More than 200 supporters of Orlando City Soccer Club packed into Harry Buffalo’s on Church Street. Nearly everyone in attendance had the same thought or question on their mind, when would Orlando be moving up to MLS?

Naturally MLS is still focused on Queens as their next spot for expansion in 2016. Orlando is still aiming at an earlier inclusion in the top-flight league, in 2015. Their plans haven’t changed since they announced that last year to the fans and in front of MLS commissioner Don Garber.

Artist rendering of a potential stadium in Orlando.

But just a few weeks ago Garber stated that the biggest problem in the South wasn’t lack of support for teams, it was all down to stadiums and money. Reports out of Orlando from the fan forum say that the group in Central Florida hopes to work out a stadium deal within the next six-to-eight months with hopes that an expansion big will soon follow.

The stadium plans appear to be similar to what Sporting KC and the Houston Dynamo did. Plans call for a u-shaped design as seen above that will house 18,000 seats.

A lot still needs to happen for this to all good well for Orlando. The money has to be there, the land deals have to come through and shovels have to go into the grown at some point in 2013.