The Orlando city council, which last October unanimously approved an $84 million stadium for the Orlando City Soccer Club that will be paid for about half with public money, approved it again yesterday, because why the heck not?
Yesterday’s vote was apparently on the actual construction and operations agreement, which I can’t find anywhere online, so no clue whether there are any surprises in it. Orlando City S.C. is still looking to get an additional $30 million in state tax kickbacks, which would kick the total stadium cost to $114 million, $70 million of it public dollars.
Orlando City is set to begin play as an MLS expansion team starting in 2015, but the stadium won’t be finished until 2016, meaning the team will likely play its opening season at the Citrus Bowl. The stadium design — which should be interesting, given that even $114 million is pretty cheap for an 18,000-seat soccer stadium — will be revealed later this month, not that that stopped one local TV station from using a rendering of what the stadium almost certainly won’t look like.