When last we heard from the minor-league Orlando City Soccer Club about its plans for a new stadium so it can apply to move up to MLS, the price tag was $90 to 95 million, and team president Phil Rawlins said, “I think it’s too early to say exactly where those funds would come from.” Four months later, the projected cost is $105 million and the source of the funds would be mostly from Florida taxpayers:
There’s been no agreement on a financing plan between [Orlando Mayor Buddy] Dyer’s administration and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ administration. But here is what’s being discussed:
•$30 million from the team.
•$30 million in state sales taxes.
•$25 million in hotel taxes from the county.
•$20 million from the city, mostly in land costs.
“This is moving far quicker than I ever anticipated,” Dyer said. “There is a lot going on right now, and there are a lot of moving pieces.”
That’s from a report in the Orlando Sentinel that is mostly focused on the slightly surreal notion that the news that Brazilian-born, Barcelona-living language-school chain owner Flávio Augusto da Silva is buying the team is a reason for the public to cough up money for a soccer-only stadium. To which da Silva added his own unique logic:
“Orlando is a very special city, because it is very close to the South American market and close to the European market, two regions that really love soccer,” Augusto da Silva said. “We were researching a franchise in another place, but we believe Orlando is a really good city to invest.”