Orlando City Soccer release stadium renderings

Published On: Jun 10 2014 10:55:23 AM EDT
Updated On: Jun 10 2014 06:30:58 PM EDT
ORLANDO, Fla. -

Orlando City Soccer released on Tuesday renderings of the new downtown soccer stadium.

[PICS: Orlando City Soccer renderings]

The new stadium will open just ahead of the 2016 Major League Soccer season.

Orlando City will play its 2015 inaugural MLS season in the Orlando Citrus Bowl, which is currently undergoing $200 million in renovations.

Orlando City Soccer President Phil Rawlins said, "this will be the loudest stadium in Major League Soccer without a shadow of a doubt," because of the way it is being built.

The stadium will seat close to 20,000 fans with room in the future to fit up to 25,000 people. The renderings show 5 entrances to the stadium. Each seat will have a roof above it and fans prefer to stand, there will be a supporter's section that will be a pub-style open-air deck.

"That was one of the ideas that I submitted when they asked for fan input. I thought it would be something cool for the really hard core fans," said Paul Johnson, who is planning to get season tickets.

Not everyone is a fan, some of those in the Parramore community haven't been as enthused fearing they would be left out.

"We're going to integrate the stadium to the best of our abilities. We want input, we want this to be a jewel in the Parramore community," said Rawlins.

Not only will close to 20,000 fans watch the Lions, so will a four-times life size Lion statue that will rotate just before kickoff.

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