Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Orlando City to play at UCF?

Several sources are reporting that Orlando City Soccer Club will spend the 2014 season playing at the University of Central Florida's soccer complex in East Orlando.

As you may already know, the Lions current home, the Citrus Bowl will be under renovations for most of 2014 and the team needs to find a new location to host their USL PRO matches.

While nothing has been finalized yet, temporary seating being added to the UCF facility appears to be the front runner. The team likely will hold off on an official announcement until the end of the 2013 season in case a better option comes to the surface or the Citrus Bowl renovation is delayed another year.

What will take many Orlando City supporters off guard will be the amount of seating; temporary stands will likely only provide roughly 6,000 capacity for the facility. With attendance averaging 7,915 over the team's first four matches in 2013, several thousand fans may find themselves without a seat at the temporary location. The goal is to ensure, at a minimum, that every season ticket holder has a seat and that a supporters section is also available. If an announcement comes this year regarding expansion into Major League Soccer the team could see demand spike with even more fans shut out at the temporary location. The limitation for additional seating at the UCF complex is the ability to still use the track and field portions of the stadium for training purposes during the summer months. Brighthouse Network Stadium on the campus of UCF has been ruled out due to an unwillingness by football officials to allow non-football interests to use the facility.

Ultimately the 2014 playing site has limited options that are cost effective for the team and still make for an enjoyable experience for fans. UCF offers a high-quality field, lighting for night games, press facilities, restrooms, concessions, and plenty of parking. Virtually all of the other locations being considered come up short on at least one or two of these items. Dr. Phillips High School, also rumored to be considered, has roughly 6,000 permanent seats and could accommodate additional temporary stands, but parking and press facilities are limited.

So what do you think of Orlando City spending the 2014 season at UCF? Share your comments below.

14 comments :

  1. I do not like the idea of playing at UCF. However, where the team goes i'll follow!

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  2. Damn bro...I do not know how I feel about this. I mean we are drawing far above 6,000. I would stand with no seat for sure but what about the non diehards who are just starting to become OCSC fans. I hate these stupid Citrus Bowl renovations. I wish there was a place with a higher seating number then this UCF place.

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  3. terrible idea heck of a drive for a lot of people not worth it and for me any of these options make more sense than ucf. Seminole Soccer complex(ocsc training ground), Rollins, Edgewater High,Boone high, Tinker field just to name a few

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  4. 6,000 seats not being enough is a great problem for a minor league soccer team to have. UCF is very inconvenient, but, for one season, it's not that big of a deal.

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  5. it pisses me off that the UCF football program will not allow another sport to use the stadium temporarily , is GOL behind this BS????

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    1. Really? It pisses you off? UCF, does not have an obligation to allow a non-UCF entity to use their facility. If I were a part of the decision-making process I wouldn't allow the use of BHNS for soccer either.

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    2. its a public university paid by the public including the students that pay for more then half of the football program

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    3. And yet no public funding was used to pay for BHNS

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  6. So use Dr Phillips and set up shuttles to a parking area. No angst is needed

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  7. This is a great idea! Any true fans will make the trek there no matter what. UCF has a beautiful campus and would be a great host to OCSC. It sucks that the capacity isn't higher but then again, I doubt the record crowds that showed up this season will all go to East Orlando to see the games at UCF. Maybe the drop off in fans from the travel will be just enough to accommodate everyone there.

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  8. While it's easier personally to get to UCF ... I don't know if it's a good solution, in terms of keeping the newfound fans this season onto the next. It might sway people from bothering with OCSC, even if we end up having to play back at the Citrus Bowl once renovations are completed(this is assuming FL goverment slap extra stadium funding away again).

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  9. There is likely a reason they cannot use BHNS at UCF. There was an agreement with the neighbors around the stadium to limit events because they are cry babies about noise. That is the reason why there are never any concerts there.

    I believe UCF was/is planning upgrades to their soccer complex but I am not sure what the timeline is for that.

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  10. any more updates, on if the stadium will have enough seats, will beer be sold???

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    1. The latest we have heard from the club is that they were unable to secure a deal to use UCF's soccer stadium and they are now looking at a temporary stadium at the Seminole Soccer Complex in Lake Mary. More to follow in the coming weeks...

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