Report: Orlando moves one step closer to MLS reality with stadium funding pledge from government
Orlando may be one step closer to getting the soccer-specific stadium the city's team has been dreaming of.
According to a report on Thursday from the Orlando Sentinel, city and county officials have ironed out a deal to include funding in a soccer-specific stadium as part of a wide-ranging financial package to build and renovate multiple arts and sports venues in the area.
The government would reportedly pledge $20 million to the soccer stadium, with $30 million apparently coming from Orlando City SC, whose ownership has made the team's MLS ambition very clear. The article estimates the stadium would cost $85 million altogether, so it would appear there is still $35 million in funding left to be determined.
Still, for the details yet to be worked out, the deal struck on the $20 million pledge from the local government represents a significant step towards making a soccer-specifc facility – and perhaps an MLS franchise – in Orlando a reality in the near future.