Don't look now Orlando City fans, but our new neighbor to the west in USL PRO this season is making a big time splash. VSI Tampa Bay FC will formally announce plans for a 28,000 seat retractable roof soccer specific stadium in Tampa on December 11th. The cost is estimated to be in the neighborhood of $400M not just for the stadium but for up to 20 professional playing fields as part of a new soccer complex that would rival anything seen in the Southeast or the country for that matter.
The location has not been specified yet, but all indications are it will involve some open sites adjacent to the St. Pete Times Forum in downtown Tampa; the land is currently owned by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik. The group has already set an opening date for the stadium of March 30th, 2016 and mentions that the stadium will be expandable to 40,000.
The team has setup a website for the stadium www.VSI-stadium.com where you can read all this information for yourself.
As a side note, the site also mentions that the USL PRO team will be playing in a temporary stadium downtown in Tampa for the 2013 season, similar to what the Vancouver Whitecaps did at Empire Field for their first season when BC Place was being renovated.
So what do you make of this news Orlando City fans?