ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
What's old is new again at least for the Orlando City Soccer team. The Lions will play their entire 2015 MLS season at the new Citrus Bowl. The club decided to delay the opening date for the new stadium until 2016. The downtown soccer stadium project, which is about a block west of the Amway Center, has hit a snag with one final parcel of land needed, a family owned church.
"The final piece is securing the final parcel of land which we expect to have in the coming weeks and months and be able to break ground later this year," says Brett Lashbrook, Chief Operating Officer for Orlando City Soccer.
The city is currently negotiating with the family who owns the property, but with no solid deal in place, the soccer club decided to push back the opening date for their new stadium. The decision comes as the team announced they're now accepting deposits for 2015 season ticket sales.
"We have a great history at the old Citrus Bowl, and to be able to start Major League Soccer history there," says Lashbrook, "there's something special about that as well, before we move into our own soccer stadium downtown."
Anyone who purchases season tickets for 2015 being held at the 65-thousand seat Citrus Bowl will be given priority seating in the new 20-thousand seat soccer stadium scheduled to open in 2016.
"We think it's like having almost two grand openings for our team," reveals Lashbrook. "We'll have a brand new stadium in 2015 with the Citrus Bowl, and a brand new stadium in 2016 and beyond, downtown."