While the federal government is still shut down, the Orlando city council voted earlier this week, unanimously, approving a plan to build a new soccer stadium in Orlando. This gets the city one step closer to being the next MLS expansion team.
$94.5 million is being allocated for the building of the new stadium. This money will come from tourist taxes. The plan still needs to be approved by the Orange County Commission on October 22. But, it’s likely the commission will approve the plan. Then, it’s on the MLS to stand by their word and grant Orlando the next expansion team for the 2015 season.
Those of us residing in Orlando who love sports are excited by this news. Presently, we only have UCF sports and the Magic. Adding another professional sports team to the mix would be welcomed by many.
Even so, while soccer is the most popular sport in the world, it is only the fifth most popular sport in the US. So, will this bring in enough fans to support an MLS team? I think so especially considering the popularity of the team now given that they just won the league championship. It will be exciting to see how this plays out!