Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Orlando City Stadium Site Revealed


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.

Photo Credit: Google Earth

14 comments :

  1. The public statement by Mr. Mayor officially revealing the site of the SSS is another step in the right direction. Added enthusiasm should spread throughout the Central Florida and city communities and keep the grand plan on track.

    Hopefully, the timeline can be adhered to and the MLS will announce the new franchise as a Christmas present to the fans and to all at the OCSC.

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  2. It appears to be pretty tight for a stadium footprint. What about parking?

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  3. Parking will be off site similar to the Amway Center, however there are 8,000+ parking spaces available within a 10 block radius of the stadium site.

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  4. Will that land be big enough for the new proposed stadium? And what are the odds it goes through without any delay or large opposition?

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    1. The land is about the same size as BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston but keep in mind the pitch will be narrow and the stands will be stacked. There shouldn't be any deals from the stadium stand point past June assuming Orange County and the State approve their parts. MLS could be the biggest hold up but I'm hearing they're ready to move on Orlando ahead of Queens if the stadium plan is in place.

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  5. Adam, How narrow the pitch 70 75 90? Number of seats? Field same as other SSS?

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    1. Ed, check out the "Features" section of our "Inside Orlando City Stadium" article from a month or two ago for the details on seating and pitch size... http://www.scoringthird.com/2013/02/inside-orlando-city-stadium.html

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  6. The parking will be like the Amway..And pitch will be smaller than the Citrus Bowl and It'll be only 3 blocks from Church St entertainment. This is a great location.

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  7. Exciting news, that's for certain. While I'm surprised we were able to get even this close to I-4/Orange Avenue, I might take a walk from Central x Orange to the site to test the "marching" distance, haha.

    GO CITY!
    MLS BOUND!

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  8. I've been waiting for this release. There has been much discussion on it on http://www.urbanplanet.org/forums/index.php/topic/51288-mls-soccer-stadium-proposal/. This will be a great location that will revitalize the area and further expand our city core. I wouldnt be suprised to see alot more bars and restaurants opening up on the west side of church, especially if the Magic follow through with there entertainment complex across from Amway. Anways a win win for the city, especially with how our home opener was rained out, we need a proper facility to support our club. As for parking, since the NBA and MLS seasons dont really coincide they will probably just use Amway's parking garage since its owned by the city. There is also plenty of other cheap parking within walking distance of the stadium site and Orange Ave. And as for attendance and gaining fans, this will be easy to do being within walking distance of downtown. People who live downtown like to walk, not take a cab to the Citrus Bowl, pay to park, or take a foot trip through Parramore at night. Hope they build this stadium right though and keep the focus on the game. Amway Center as nice as it is DESTROYED game day atmosphere, half the people never even make it to their seats because they go hang out at the 5 bars or 2 clubs in the arena. Leave that for pre and post game, people need to stay in their seats where they can drink and watch the game.

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  9. As mentioned in the previous piece (http://www.scoringthird.com/2013/02/inside-orlando-city-stadium.html), the stadium will have a "very florida feel." I'm not exactly sure what architectural style is distinctively Floridian, but the phrase "very florida feel" makes me cringe. I really wish the field could be a bit bigger, and I hope even more so that GRASS will be used, unlike in Seattle/Portland.

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  10. The one thing that I think I will miss if we become MLS is being able to sit wherever we want.

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  11. WFTV: "If built, Orlando City Soccer will pay $80 million to $100 million. Orlando is providing the land, and the county may kick in tourist development tax..."

    Soccer By Ives: "If the stadium is built, Orlando City Soccer will reportedly pay $80 million to $100 million"

    Now are they misqouting the amount OC will contribute? Or is this something new? They make it sound like 80-100M is going toward the stadium. This sounds like the MLS fee + stadium costs from OC.

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    1. The breakdown has only been adjust slightly from our previous report on the cost break down here (http://www.scoringthird.com/2013/02/orlando-city-stadium-cost-breakdown.html)
      $30M - Cash from Team
      $20M - Land/Infrastructure from City of Orlando
      $20M - Tourism Tax Cash from Orange County
      $30M - Sales Tax Rebate from State ($1M/yr for 30 years)

      I have heard that the County's cost has been reduced to get their buy-in and because the construction estimates are coming in lower than expected, around $100M vs $105M. The other consideration is that overruns on the stadium will be covered by the team so their $30M could become $40M in the end.

      The franchise fee is looking to be $40M for Orlando even though it has been reported as high as $50M. That would put the team on the hook for between $70M and $90M when it is all said and done.

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