Last month, we held a ticket giveaway asking our followers to tell us what they love about living in Orlando. The prize was two tickets to the August 3 game of Orlando’s own fantastic professional soccer team, the Orlando City Lions, who have won the most games this season of any of the professional men’s teams in the United Soccer Leagues with 14 wins so far. While the Lions did not come out victorious from the August 3 game against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, the team is still on fire. We know that they will continue their great season after winning the two games following the August 3 one, beating Tampa Bay 3-0 and 3-2 at their home and away games.
Despite the loss, the winner of our tickets, whose name is Moz, said that he had a great time at the game. “Thank you Sunshine Recycling,” he said. “Go City!”
We’re glad Moz had a great time, and we are also really excited to hear that Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer have announced plans to approve spending that would, among other things, give Orlando City Soccer its own soccer stadium if the Lions can land a Major League Soccer expansion team.
If Orlando City does get its own stadium, the stadium would be built in downtown Orlando between the Amway Center and the Citrus Bowl stadium, which is the Lions’ current home. The proposed construction of the new stadium would cost an estimated $85 million, with a sizable chunk of that cost coming from the owners of the team.
City and county officials are currently working on the details of this proposed construction, and a public hearing should be scheduled in a few weeks. We sure are excited about the idea of having our own Lions stadium, and think that it would be really great if we could be involved in the construction!