The worst kept secret in Central Florida was finally made public tonight by WFTV when Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer confirmed the site of Orlando City's proposed stadium. The site is roughly 8 acres and located just to the west of the Amway Center and bordered by Terry, Central, Parramore, and Church Streets.
A few weeks ago we reported that one piece of land still needed to be purchased by the city to complete the site. That last piece of land is owned by the development company Northbrook Properties and will reportedly be brought before the City Council next Monday for approval with a purchase price of $2.6M. The total purchase price of land for the stadium site will be around $8.4M which would end up being less than the $10M originally projected by city officials.
The proposed site is bisected by West Pine Street which will be eliminated leaving just the one block section behind the City View Apartment complex to remain. Additionally, the site will be located just 3 blocks west of the proposed Church Street Sun Rail Station and the Church Street entertainment district making the "march to the match" much more practical than with the current Citrus Bowl location.
Our sources have also confirmed that new renderings of the stadium should be made public in the next four weeks and that the design is radically different from the images released by the team back over the winter.
Several of you have asked whether or not Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs has committed the $25M in tourism taxes towards the stadium that has been reported previously. While at this time we cannot confirm that, our understanding is that a deal is very close and should be completed by early May. The final details of the stadium plan are still on track for public release in June with the goal of gaining a Major League Soccer expansion franchise by November with announcement coming during the MLS Cup Final. The team would start play in March of 2015 with an extended road trip if their stadium is not complete.
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