|Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City|
(Courtesy of Sporting KC)
Last month we posted an update on Orlando City Soccer Club's plans for a new soccer stadium and how Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has been playing a vital role in that process.
Part of the article mentioned a trip for team officials and the Mayor to Kansas City on August 27th to tour Livestrong Sporting Park and to meet with Sporting KC and MLS staff members to discuss Orlando's stadium plans.
Due to hurricane Isaac Mayor Dyer had to cancel the trip last minute, however a new date for the trip has been set for next Friday September 14th. The trip will coincide with Sporting KC's home match against the Houston Dynamo that evening, a game that will be shown nationally on NBS Sports Network.
Although no one with the club or Mayor's office would confirm any additional details beyond touring Livestrong Sporting Park it is our understanding that the group may also be meeting with the stadium design group Populous who is also based in Kansas City is designed both Houston and Sporting KC's new stadiums. Team officials were in Houston on August 19th to tour BBVA Compass Stadium which is considered by many to be the cost-effective model for soccer specific stadiums in the future with it's total cost of around $95M. On the flip-side, the trip to Kansas City next week will show what $200M can buy for a new stadium with Livestrong Sporting Park. It is our understanding that the team is leaning towards a design very similar to Houston's but with some additional design elements from Kansas City. The seating capacity would be more in-line with Kansas City's at around 18,500 seats instead of Houston's 22,000 seat stadium.
In addition to the trip, the team's economic impact study should be made public in the next two weeks and that should provide some additional details on the stadium plans. Our article earlier this week ("So Now What") mentioned what expected in the study, so check out that post if you missed it.
As was mentioned in interviews with us in the past and mainstream media like WFTV, BrightHouse Sports Network, and the Orlando Sentinel more recently, the team's goal is to make stadium plans public in the next 12 months. It is our understanding that if the site can be locked down, the stadium plan will be made public this off-season.
Of course, as news about the stadium or anything else related to Orlando City Soccer breaks we will bring it to you here!