ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Orlando City Soccer Club on Friday provided a closer look at the site for the stadium that will be the future home of the Lions. Most of the work thus far is part of the overall draining system which will be able to hold a maximum volume of 36,900 gallons of water, the equivalent of 22,000 soccer balls.
The entire stadium drainage system is designed to efficiently handle rainfall volume of five inches per hour -- essentially half the monthly average rainfall for Orlando in one hour. Foundation work has been ongoing since August, including excavation of the field, rebar and formwork for the lower bowl, and three access tunnels to the field level.
"A strong foundation makes a strong venue. In about a month we will start seeing steel and construction work occur above ground, which is a thrilling point," said Orlando City Stadium General Manager Scott Neal. "We will start seeing a lot of structure begin to take shape -- amenities that the fans and community are going to be able to see and enjoy."
The stadium held a ceremonial groundbreaking in October 2014 where nearly 3,000 fans were invited to turn over 24 tons of purple sand. Following the unprecedented fan response in Central Florida to the Lions' first MLS season, funding for the stadium was taken private and designs were enhanced to expand capacity to 25,500, as well as incorporate new premium fan amenities. In addition to Orlando City and Pride matches, the venue will host other sporting and entertainment events throughout the year.
Barton Malow serves as the Construction Manager, ICON as Program Manager and Populous is the architect. With construction moving ahead as scheduled, steel installation is expected to begin in the latter part of January 2016.