MLS Expansion: Orlando Comes One Step Closer

MLS Expansion: Orlando Comes One Step Closer

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 9, 2013
  • Features, MLS Expansion, Orlando Expansion

Things are lining up nicely here for Orlando and their MLS Expansion plans.

According to a report on Thursday from the Orlando Sentinel, city and county officials have ironed out a deal to include funding in a soccer-specific stadium as part of a wide-ranging financial package to build and renovate multiple arts and sports venues in the area.

The government would reportedly give $20 million to the soccer stadium, with $30 million apparently coming from Orlando City SC. The article estimates the stadium would cost $85 million altogether, so it would appear there is still $35 million in funding left to be determined.

The small details of this pledge from the local government still needs to be fully ironed out but hearing that they will be getting this money is a huge step forward in their expansion plans. Orlando has made it no secret that they want a MLS franchise for 2015 and are well on their way to getting the reported October announcement of their bid a reality by the league.