Late Friday the Orlando Sentinel posted an article stating that Orlando City Soccer Club would have to find a temporary home for all or part of the 2014 season due to the planned renovations for the Citrus Bowl.
The article stated that plans have demolition of the stadium beginning in February 2014 and running roughly 9 months until November's schedule high school and college football games; the big money makers for Florida Citrus Sports.
The team confirmed that they would be looking for a temporary home in the Orlando area for the 2014 season and that they would not be able to play any of their home matches at the Citrus Bowl. Orlando City is averaging close to 7,000 fans per match and if the team announces an agreement to join Major League Soccer prior to the start of the 2014 season the attendance numbers could swell significantly. So where would the team play?
If a deal cannot be reached with UCF to use their stadium the possibility of a temporary stadium at the Seminole Soccer Complex in Lake Mary is high on the list of options. The Vancouver Whitecaps faced a similar issue when their home, BC Place, was renovated over a two year period and they played their first season at a temporary stadium at Empire Field.
We heard later this evening that the team is in talks with several area high schools including Edgewater and Lake Brantley to use their football/soccer stadiums. Each have between 5,000 and 6,000 existing seats and could be expanded to possibly 10,000 seats with temporary stands.
We will stay on top of this story and keep you posted as details are discovered.