Investor hopes to bring new soccer stadium, MLS to Orlando
Updated On: Feb 18 2013 07:10:36 PM EST
Brazilian investor Flávio Augusto da Silva hopes to bring Major League Soccer to Orlando by investing in a $100 million stadium.
The stadium would seat from 18,000 to 25,000 people and, unlike the Amway Arena or Citrus Bowl, it would be designed specifically for soccer. The location of the proposed stadium wasn't immediately known.
Even though two Major League Soccer teams have failed in Florida, Silva believes Orlando will be successful based on the thousands of Brazilians that visit the city each year.
Last week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott spoke out in favor of bringing a stadium to Orlando, even though taxpayers would have to foot more than half the bill under a proposal discussed by da Silva on Monday at a news conference at the Amway Center.
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs was taking a cautious approach to the idea.
"I'm very supportive and excited about the prospect of having a Major League Soccer team in Orlando," she said. However, I also believe that before committing public funds to a fourth venue, we should carefully evaluate this proposal and weigh it against other commitments and priorities."
The city's current soccer team, the Orlando City Lions, brings about 7,000 fans to the Citrus Bowl each game.
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