US-based soccer club Orlando City SC has revealed the designs of its upcoming Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium in the city, by architecture firm Populous.
The MLS stadium is scheduled to open before the 2016 Major League Soccer season and will be located on Church Street, near the Amway Centre.
With a seating capacity for around 19,500 people, the stadium features full 360° lower bowl built below ground level with a unique three-stand seating upper bowl. The roof of the stadium covers all the seats on the east, west and north stands.
It also houses multiple VIP hospitality areas, including up to 38 luxury suites, an elevated 360° balcony-style bar and a midfield Club Lounge with views of the playing field. The pitch is a natural grass surface.
Orlando City president Phil Rawlins said this is yet another great step in the journey to Major League Soccer.
"We are developing a venue that will make soccer fans proud. We set out not just to build a stadium, but to push the envelope on design ideas and concepts. We took some of the best ideas from around the world and incorporated them into a venue which reflects our home in Florida," Rawlins said.
In addition to Orlando City’s MLS stadium, Populous has designed a range of MLS and international soccer stadiums such as Sporting Park, BBVA Compass Stadium and Wembley Stadium.
Image: Artist’s rendering of the Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium in Orlando, Florida. Photo: courtesy of Populous.