Orlando City SC
Address: 655 West Church Street
Pitch Size: 120 yd × 75 yd
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Lions
Year Ground Opened: 2017
Shirt Sponsors: Orlando Health
Home Kit: Purple
Away Kit: White
Unlike several other US stadiums, Exporia Stadium is a soccer-specific venue, and is host to Major League Soccer club Orlando City SC, as well as their National Women’s Soccer League affiliate club Orlando Pride.
The male side entered MLS as an expansion franchise in 2015, with the stadium complete in time for their 2017 season opener on March 5, with the hosts defeating New York City FC in front of a sell-out crowd. Originally known as Orlando City Stadium, it was renamed in June 2019 after timeshare entity Exploria Resorts acquired naming rights to the stadium.
The venue has also been used to host matches for the men’s and women’s US national team, while outside of football it has hosted the 2019 Cure Bowl, and in the future will host the 2022 Special Olympics USA opening ceremony.
According to the club, the stadium was designed to create the most intimidating atmosphere in all of MLS, boasting a safe-standing supporter section and a low-slanted roofline to amplify crowd noise.
The Exploria Stadium offers 45-minute tours, which begin in the lobby located at gate D, on Glenn Ln between W Central Blvd and W Church St. Guests must enter gate D on Glenn Ln at the security gate, not on Church St. The tour comprises several iconic locations throughout the stadium, including the locker room, walkout tunnel, press box, The Wall, warmup seats and the owner’s suite.
Accessible parking is available in Lot A, where a hanging placard or accessible licence plate is required. The stadium also has wheelchair accessible and accessible seating tickets available, while braille signs are located throughout the venue. The stadium provides wheelchair escorts for guests, with accessible restrooms available at Sections 4, 13, 17, 21, 27, 33, and 37.
Orlando City’s and Orlando Pride’s membership program LionNation allows supporters access to exclusive experiences and special events, with recognised supporter groups Iron Lion Firm and The Ruckus also having certain privileges, including the use of flags and tifos, drums and instruments, and the use of controlled smoke.
The Wall is, however, the club’s most famous fan concept. It is a coalition of supporter groups aiming to promote Orlando City SC, specifically working to create the loudest and most passionate sporting experience in North American football.
New members who join for the 2021 MLS campaign can enjoy a 20% discount on single-game pricing. Aside from that, season tickets range from $236 for a place in Northeast Corner – 100 Level, all the way to $2,970 for West Club – Field Level. Several other ticket options are also available, and can be found here.
Official club website
Orlando City SC fixture list
From Interstate 4
Coming from the West on I-4: Exit at Amelia Street (83A), take a right onto Amelia Street, then take a right onto Orange Avenue.
Coming from the East on I-4: Exit at Colonial (84), take a left onto Colonial, then a right onto Orange Avenue.
From the 408
Coming from the East on 408: Take the Rosalind Avenue exit (11A), turn left onto South Street, then right onto Rosalind Avenue.
Coming from West on 408: Take the Orange Avenue exit, (10C), turn right onto Orange Avenue which will become Rosalind Avenue.
Accessible Parking is available in the Orange Lot at 522 West Central Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32801. It is on a first-come, first-served basis, and a hanging placard or accessible licence plate is required to gain access.
Several high-quality hotels can be found within the close vicinity of Exploria Stadium. Prices range from around $100 per night to $200 per night, depending on location and quality. Marriott Orlando Downtown is available for around $112, with AC Hotel by Marriott Orlando Downtown at $162, and Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Downtown costing around $148.
Orlando City SC have partnerships with various pubs throughout the city, the majority of which will show all of the club’s games on TV, as well as offering discounts on match days. The pubs can also host watch parties for away games, with the list including Lions Pride and Wall St Plaza downtown, The Hammered Lamb – Ivanhoe District, and Kiwi’s Pub & Grill – Altamonte Springs.
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