Orange County commissioners to vote on soccer stadium
Stadium to be built near Amway Center in Orlando
Orange County commissioners are expected to vote on a venues package on Tuesday that could see a new soccer-specific stadium built near downtown Orlando.
As part of the package, commissioners will decide if they're willing to kick in $20 million to help build the stadium on a section of city-owned land in the Parramore area near Amway Center.
Orlando City Soccer President Phil Rawlins spoke at the hearing on Tuesday in hopes of securing the funding from the county.
"The time has come for the beautiful game in America...the time has come for soccer in Central Florida," he said. "The time has come for the Orlando City Lions. The time has come for us to work together to make history."
The stadium is required by Major League Soccer to even consider the city for one of four new franchises to be announced.
The city of Orlando has already approved its $20 million contribution and Seminole County has approved $200,000.
MLS President Mark Abbott flew into Orlando from New York City on Monday to personally meet with each commissioner ahead of Tuesday's vote.
"I don't have a gauge," he told Local 6. "What I would say is -- I came to tell them how enthusiastic and supportive we are of the project."
Some commissioners have issues with the project, especially since it would be using tourism tax dollars.
The public hearing started at 2 p.m., with public commenting starting at 4 p.m. 120 people signed up for public comment and the vote could happen late Tuesday evening.